Silsbee Texas

Welcome to Silsbee in East Texas

The City of Silsbee is located in eastern Hardin County Texas on U.S. Highway 96 and State Highway 327, north of Lumberton and east of Kountze.

The City of Silsbee Parks Department offers a variety of activities for area citizens. Tennis lessons, softball, and volleyball play are offered. The city also has a number of parks for citizens to enjoy. The main city parks are Knupple Park, Sante Fe Park, Waldo Mathew Park, Exquissette Park, and the Silsbee Veteran's Memorial Park on North 4th Street.

Downtown Silsbee offers a variety of activities in an historical setting. Specialty shops, hair salons and the public library are located off Fifth Street along Avenue H. Also downtown is the highly rated Ice House Museum.

Village Creek is located just southwest of the city. As a world renowned creek for canoeing and kayaking, outdoor lovers from around the world travel to Village Creek to explore the miles of water terrain.

Key Website Resources

City of Silsbee

Silsbee Chamber of Commerce

Silsbee Economic Development Corporation

Silsbee Public Library

Hardin County

Silsbee Ice House Museum & Cultural Center

Silsbee Independent School District

Population 6,935 in the 2020 Federal Census
Area Code 409
Zip Code 77756

 

Interactive Map of Silsbee Texas (courtesy of Google)



Silsbee Ice House Museum & Cultural Center

Silsbee Ice House Museum & Cultural Center in East Texas


The historic Ice House Museum is unique to Silsbee, Texas. In the heart of the city, the Cultural Center provides informative details on the history of Silsbee, and is a frequent venue for many weddings and parties. The stage is often used for productions under Silsbee Little Theater and the Silsbee High School Theater Department.

Housed in a 1920's Ice House, the Ice House Museum and Cultural Center houses a rotating collection of artifacts and fine art, as well as permanent and temporary exhibits. The Ice House Museum also sponsors events, including music, art festivals, photography and art competitions, and an Education Department to provide onsite guided tours for schools, and home schooled students.

The Ice House is located at 818 Earnest Avenue in Silsbee. Phone 409.385.2444.

For more information, visit ...

Website of Silsbee Ice House Museum & Cultural Center


The Pines Theater in Silsbee, Texas

Pines Theater

In Silsbee visitors and residents can still enjoy first run movies for $1 during the week in a setting that takes one back in time.

In November 2005, the Texas Downtown Association honored the Pines Theatre with the designation of Enduring Business of the Year.


Silsbee Public Library

Silsbee Public Library in East Texas

Centered in the downtown area, the Silsbee Public Library has a wide range of programs to enjoy. In addition to great books and a large children's reading section, the library offers a busy event calendar to help children fall in love with reading and books!

The library also offers an online card catalogue, and public computers for use whether it be work or play. A beautiful meeting room can be rented for meetings and small events.

It is located at 295 North 4th Street. Phone 409.385.4831

For more information, visit the website of the Silsbee Public Library


Silsbee Veteran's Memorial Park

The Silsbee Veterans’ Memorial Park offers a place for reflection and memorial to those who have served their country from Hardin County.

Silsbee Veteran's Memorial Park in East Texas

Village Creek State Park in Texas

Village Creek State Park

Village Creek State Park’s 1,090 heavily forested acres are located in the Hardin County town of Lumberton, about nine miles south of Silsbee. The state acquired the property in 1979, and the park opened in 1994.

Village Creek State Park takes its name from Village Creek, a free-flowing stream that rises near the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation. The creek meanders 69 miles southeast to a junction with the Neches River. The river in turn eventually empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

Village Creek is a very popular flat-water canoeing stream in the heart and soul of what remains of the Big Thicket. Heavy rainfall severely floods the banks of Village Creek every three or four years.

Here visitors can camp, picnic, fish, hike, mountain bike, swim, geocache, study nature and view wildlife. A covered picnic pavilion can also be rented for group gatherings.

Portions of the park lie in the floodplains of Village Creek and the Neches River. Bottomland hardwood forests full of cypress-tupelo swamps, baygall and backwater sloughs abound here. These wetlands provide habitat for beaver and river otter, as well as for many kinds of fish, snakes, turtles and frogs.

Birders will enjoy seeing wood ducks, egrets, herons, woodpeckers and owls, just to name a few. Over 200 species of birds are native to the Big Thicket area.

It is located at 8854 Park Road 74 in Lumberton.

Village Creek State Park at Texas Parks and Wildlife

Peaceful lake scene at Village Creek State Park in Texas



Big Thicket National Preserve in Southeast Texas

Big Thicket National Preserve

The Big Thicket is an area of dense forest located north of Silsbee.

This 97,000 acre National Preserve protects a unique environmental confluence of swamps, coastal prairies, piney woods, plant life and animals.

For more information visit the Big Thicket website at NPS


Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

The Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary, located 2 miles west of Silsbee on Hwy. 327, harbors a variety of plant communities, including one of the last remaining Longleaf Pine communities in Texas.

Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary in East Texas

Nestled along the banks of Village Creek, Sandylands Sanctuary protects and preserves 5,654 acres of East Texas’ great natural heritage. The preserve is a hotbed for biodiversity, where one can find cacti, pines, ferns, colorful wildflowers and wildlife, including songbirds and roadrunners.

A rare combination of swamp, open-floor forest and Southern pine lands create a preserve with remarkable diversity, sustaining 727 plant species and 234 animal species. Visitors can hike, bird watch and study nature, or rent a canoe from local vendors on Village Creek.

Connected with the Big Thicket National Preserve, the preserve also serves as a corridor for wildlife as they feed, breed, move and migrate through southeast Texas. 

For more information visit the Sandyland Sanctuary website at the Nature Conservancy

Map of South East Texas Showing the Location of Silsbee

Map showing the location of Silsbee in South East Texas

 

 

Other East Texas Attractions

While visiting the Silsbee area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:

    • Canton - First Monday Trade Days, Texas Horse Park, Splash Kingdom Water Park
    • Athens - East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Cain Center and the Athens Scuba Park
    • Gun Barrel City - Fishing, boating and outdoor activities around Cedar Creek Lake
    • Palestine - Texas State Railroad, Davey Dogwood Park, Dogwood Trails Festival, Anderson County Courthouse

     

    • Livingston - Polk County Memorial Museum, Pedigo Park, Trade Days, Locomotive No. 5, Lake Livingston, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
    • Coldspring - Davy Crockett National Forest, Sam Houston National Forest, Lake Livingston, Double Lake Recreational Area
    • Groveton - Ratcliff Lake Recreation Area, Davy  Crockett National Forest
    • Crockett - Houston County Museum, Monroe-Cook House, Houston County Lake, Silsbee Drive-Thru Safari, Piney Woods Fine Arts Association
    • Center - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Shelby County Museum, What-A-Melon Festival, bird watching

     

    • Lumberton - Big Thicket National Preserve, Village Creek State Park
    • Jasper - Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sandy Creek Park, Azalea Festival in March, Air Show in April, Jasper Lions Club Rodeo in May, a Fourth of July Celebration, and the Fall Festival in October. 
    • Woodville - Tyler County Dogwood Festival, Festival of the Arts and the Harvest Festival. Outdoor activities abound in the nearby Martin Dies Jr. State Park and the Big Thicket National Preserve.

     

    • Newton - Toledo Ben Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
    • Hemphill - Recreational opportunities abound in the Hemphill area, with its closeness to the Sabine National Forest, Toledo Bend Reservoir, Sam Rayburn Reservoir and the Trail Between the Lakes. Also popular attractions are the Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library. In town is the Patricia Huffman Smith NASA "Remembering Columbia" Museum
    • Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
    • Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Silsbee Drive Thru Safari