Kountze

Established as a railroad town in 1881, it is the seat of Hardin County. The area is heavily forested and produces millions of board-feet of lumber yearly. Kountze describes itself as The Big Light in The Big Thicket--that vast area of tangled, often impenetrable woods, streams and marshes.

The Kirby-Hill House Museum was built in 1902 and features furnishings, photos and artifacts dating to 1832. It hosts two annual Murder Mystery Dinner Theaters and is a bed-and-breakfast. Call 409/246-8000, or visit www.kirbyhillhouse.com.

Indian Springs Camp offers guided canoe tours as well as camping facilities, including an RV park. Call 409/246-2508.

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