Big Thicket - Kirby Nature Trail

2.40 Miles
2point5stars (2.90)6
1star (1.42)
3point5stars (3.83)
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Another View Of The Trail
There are numerous boardwalks that help you walk over the wet areas. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Those strange growth formations sticking up out of the water are known as the "knees" of the bald cypress trees. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Bald Cypress Trees
There are some nice bald cypress trees down in the slough. (Photo by Lone_Star)
View Of The Trail
There are educational placards along the sides of the trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Trail Sign
This is the sign for the Kirby Nature Trail. (Photo by Lone_Star)
Cypress Tree Loop
(Photo by TrailShoe)
(Photo by TrailShoe)
Blue Bell Flowers???
Saw these on trail and had to capture they moment (Photo by TrailShoe)
Log Entries
Nice Nature Trail
By Lone_Star on 4/22/2013
Rating: 1point5stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 1star
Distance: 2.40 Miles Duration: 1 hour

The Kirby Nature Trail is a nice place to hike and learn.  It is close to the Visitors Center off Hwy 287 and a popular place for elementary school field trips.  This is a great first stop if visiting the Big Thicket for the first time.

The Nature Trail features a shorter Inner Loop and a longer Outer Loop.  There are no distance markers along the trail so I don't know the distance of the Inner Loop, but the Outer Loop is longer (2.4 miles).  The Nature trail has a lot of educational placards to help you learn about trees and the ecosystem of the area.  The previous reviewer stated the trail signs needed to be more obvious, but I found them adequate.  What I did not have was an enlarged trail map, however.  I'm not sure one exists.  I only had the brochure map which shows the entire Big Thicket National Preserve.  On that large scale map, the Kirby Nature Trail is hard to discern, making it difficult to navigate.

What I found most impressive were the Bald Cypress trees down in the Slough.  They are nice specimens.  Take your camera.

By beckyhusband on 11/17/2010
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 1point5stars Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.40 Miles Duration: N/A

well maintained cypress trees are beautiful but the trail signs need to be a little more obvious

Kirby Nature Trail & Sand Hill Loop
By TrailShoe on 6/3/2006
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 6.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Started at the trail head for Kirby Nature trail and took left turn to head towards Cypress Loop. See Pictures. When we reached Village Creek we headed north on the Turkey Creek Trail to trail head of the Sand Hill Loop trail. Sand Hill loop is more of a desert area. Some Long Leaf Pine Trees in area. Completed loop and headed south on Turkey Creek trail back to Kirby Nature Trail, turned east and followed outer loop. Inner loop was shorter, but map indicated wet at one of bridges so we figured mosquitos. We will hike inner loop next time to see.
Not much to say.
By nocman on 3/2/2006
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 5.00 Miles Duration: N/A
Lot's of trees down, but the paths are clear. Didn't see anyone out there and it was nice and quiet. Wish I would of hiked more on Turkey Creek.
By PATTY LANDERS on 7/9/2005
Rating: 3stars Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 5stars
Distance: 2.00 Miles Duration: N/A

Nice quite trail. Only met a few people, so pretty much had the woods to ourselves. Nice hike and look forward to going again.

Big Thicket - Turkey Creek -Wild Piggies!
By macconjs on 4/5/2003
Rating: N/A Difficulty: 1star Solitude: 4stars
Distance: 2.50 Miles Duration: N/A
Antonia & I took Baxter to Big Thicket Turkey Creek Unit and hiked the Kirby Trail. Very few people there, and saw about 24 Feral Hog Piglets. Quite some distance from Houston, about 12 miles N of Beaumont. Good hike though!
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