East Texas is home to the Big Thicket National Preserve, an area that once covered more than three million acres with southeast swamps, central plains, pine savannas, dry sand hills and eastern deciduous forest. This unique ecosystem has been threatened as it has been developed and divided, losing land not only valuable for its own sake, but also for the almost 300 species of birds and more than 1,000 species of flowering plants that make it their home. In January, almost 3,000 acres adjacent to the Turkey Creek Unit of the Big Thicket National Preserve were slotted to receive national funds to ensure their preservation; the Conservation Fund has more detailed information about this.
This is excellent news for East Texas, and especially for the area between Lufkin and Beaumont, where the Big Thicket National Preserve is located. Lufkin is a friendly town that is home to the Texas Forestry Museum, which details the history of forestry in east Texas and reveals how towns like Lufkin depended on forestry for their survival. Today, recreational opportunities from fishing to hiking to golfing abound in and around Lufkin.
Beaumont is a town with a very different feel, underscoring the cultural diversity of Texas. Beaumont is called Lagniappe by the Cajuns, meaning “a little something extra”. It is a perfect description; it is Texas, but it has been deeply influenced by the Cajun culture that thrives in nearby Louisiana. Residents dance the Texas two-step and get down with Zydeco. The food has Mexican and Cajun influences, so we hope you like it spicy. It is situated south of the Big Thicket National Preserve and just north of the Sea Rim State Park and the Gulf of Mexico, and therefore provides many opportunities to appreciate the natural world of East Texas.
Come explore East Texas, and learn about all it has to offer. There are many fine Texas bed and breakfast lodging opportunities scattered throughout the region, offering expansive Texas hospitality. Start planning your Texas getaway now.