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, kirbyhillhouse.com).
Indian Springs Camp offers guided canoe tours as well as camping facilities, and an RV park (409/246-2508).