Kountze describes itself as The Big Light in The Big Thicket--that vast area of tangled, often impenetrable woods, streams and marshes. Kountze is home to the Hardin County Music Festival in May. The Kirby-Hill House Museum has furnishings and artifacts dating to 1832. It hosts annual murder mystery dinner theaters and is a bed-and-breakfast (409/246-8000, www.kirbyhillhouse.com). Indian Springs Camp offers guided canoe tours as well as camping facilities, and an RV park (409/246-2508).


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