​About an hour from Orange on FM 420 north of Kountze is the Big Thicket Visitors Center. Inside the building are displays of animal and plant life in the unique Big Thicket National Park. There are models of insect eating plants, the four poisonous snakes in the region, a large hornets nest and a mounted black bear of the size that once roamed freely in the Thicket.
There is also information on all of the different areas and sanctuaries within the national park.
There is no admission to view the exhibits. The center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
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The four poisonous snakes of the Southeast Texas region – coral snake, copperhead, cotton-mouth water moccasin and the rattlesnake, – are on display at the visitor’s center of the Big Thicket National Park in Kountze.

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A black bear stands on display welcoming visitors to the park.

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Birds native to the Big Thicket area.

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Original cabin of Big Thicket park rangers. This cabin is an original log cabin, built in the early 1900’s.

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A large hornet nest hangs in the visitor’s center.

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Insect eatnig plants are indigenous to the park.

Photo (top right) – The welcome center at Big Thicket National park in Kountze.