“The Big Light in the Big Thicket” is an entry to the vast, dense woods that were once hideouts for murderers, thieves, and Civil War draft dodgers. Today, the Big Thicket is a major biological crossroads where swamps, barrens, and piney woods collide. The 97,000-acre Big Thicket National Preserve serves as a living laboratory for the study of diverse ecological systems. Visitors to this natural setting can view fascinating exhibits and explore hiking trails at the preserve’s visitors center, located seven miles north of town on U.S. 69. Grab your binoculars for the annual Birding in the Big Thicket in April.