The book provides a background-both historical and biological-for visitors to the Big Thicket. "Once a refuge for bandits, the jungly groves and swamps of the Big Thicket . . . now are an ecological treasure. In this book, the Big Thicket's human and natural history unfold with anecdotal intimacy and many good stories about crusty backwoodsman. A hefty section on hiking makes this the premier book on an area famed for orchids and alligators, turkeys and bears."-Books of the Southwest.
Pete A. Y. Gunter, Regents Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Texas, is a past president of the Big Thicket Association and has spent much of his time in conservationist activities concerning the Big Thicket. He is the author of numerous articles and books, both fiction and nonfiction.