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Big Thicket National Preserve: Kirby Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Big Thicket was the first preserve in the U.S. national park system and encompasses more than 97,000 acres in nine land units. It was established in 1974 and was recognized in 2001 by the American Bird Conservancy as a Globally Important Bird Area. The preserve has many different ecosystems, including eastern hardwood forests, Gulf coastal plains, and Midwest prairies. There are nine trails in five of the land units, ranging from 0.5 to 18 miles in length."
--Laurie Roddy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Houston (Menasha Ridge Press).
This is a very easy trail. It is rich in textual diversity due to the wide variety of plants. I was disappointed because a huge section of this trail was not open because of storm damage. We did get to see a herd of feral pigs. The mosquitoes were quite bad even in March so be prepared. There were a lot of butterflies but not many blooming flowers.
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