SILSBEE Population - 7,684 Altitude - 85

General -

The Big Thicket - great for hiking and canoeing! but be careful it often impenetrable.Established in 1894 by John Henry Kirby as a sawmill town. Today, Silsbee is the home of giant and prosperous Kirby Forest Industries.

Silsbee is the largest city and principal commercial center in Hardin County.

The Silsbee Little Theater-

One of best-known amateur theaters in Southeast Texas!

City Parks-

Include: tennis and basketball courts, picnic areas and playgrounds. Excellent hunting and fishing in immediate area.


Big Thicket-

See - Kountze, Texas.

Red Cloud Water Park-8-

An 8 acre spring-fed lake, a beautiful white sandy beach, and four water slides, lure visitors to this fun park. Features include, a special children's area, jogging trails and picnic area. Open daily June - August - 10 a.m. 7 p.m.; weekends only, May & September - 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. On U.S. 96 North Bypass. Admission.

Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary-

A Texas Nature Conservancy Preserve of 2,138 acres. Exhibits a curious intermingling of various forest and wetland communities. Of special interest is arid sandy lands where desert plants such as prickly pear cactus and yucca are found with longleaf pines and drought-resistant oak. Rare orchids and carnivorous plants grow here among acid-loving ferns and sphagnum moss.

Village Creek flows 8 miles through Sanctuary providing an enjoyable canoeing experience. Contact preserve manager for information on canoe trail. Sandylands Nature Trail open daily 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. 4 miles west on Texas 327. (409)385-4135.



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