East Texas City

Kountze, Texas

Home Of The Harden County Music Festival

The Big Light In The Big Thicket

“The Big Light in the Big Thicket” is an entry to the vast, dense woods that were once hideouts for murderers, thieves, and Civil War draft dodgers. Today, the Big Thicket is a major biological crossroads where swamps, barrens, and piney woods collide. The 97,000-acre Big Thicket National Preserve serves as a living laboratory for the study of diverse ecological systems. Visitors
to this natural setting can view fascinating exhibits and explore hiking trails at the preserve’s visitors center, located seven miles north of town on U.S. 69. Grab your binoculars for the annual Birding in the Big Thicket in April.

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Texas Forest Trail Partners

Kirby-Hill House Museum

Big Thicket National Preserve

Museum of Hardin County

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150 Years Of Texas History In The Starr Family Home In Marshall

Nestled in the heart of Marshall’s museums and cultural activities, Starr Family Home State Historic Site is composed of several elegant structures. Period furnishings, clothing, and antiques trace the transition of the buildings through four generations of the Starr family in Texas history. Click here to read more.