Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien

#45 of 67 in Parks in Louisiana
Hodges Gardens State Park, previously known as Hodges Gardens, Park and Wilderness Area, is located on 4700acre between Florien and Hornbeck, near the Toledo Bend Reservoir of the Sabine River in Sabine Parish, in west central Louisiana. The park is located on U.S. Highway 171 some fifteen miles (24 km) south of Many, the seat of Sabine Parish. The facility offers walking trails, formal gardens, arboretum, the Azalea Overlook, waterfalls, and a visitor center. Originally, privately developed during the 1940s and opened to the public in 1956. The Park was formally dedicated on May 1, 1959 and transferred to a non-profit foundation in 1960. It became part of the Louisiana public parks system in April 2007. It is the largest horticultural park and recreation area in the United States and with the acquisition Hodges Garden became the newest park in Louisiana.HistoryThe area was once home to bands of Indians, Spanish and French Explorers, and Highwaymen that were prominent during the time of the Neutral Strip (Louisiana). A road known as the El Camino Real, or the King's Highway, passed through what became Hodges Garden, and across the Sabine River at Gain's Ferry. It originated in Natchitoches, crossed west central Louisiana, through Texas to Mexico City.
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  • Our family made one last visit to Hodges Gardens. While it may not be the same as it was a decade ago, it is still a beautiful park. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  more »
  • Me Hodges's bought the land from locals. My grandmothers family was one. My mother still remembers S playing in the pasture by the barn. The trees there were in the front yard. The gardens are a great...  more »
  • We didn't get to go to Hodges Gardens this time we were in Louisiana, but we have been before it was a State Park and were totally delighted with it. This time of year it is really hot, and I wouldn't...  more »
  • Beautiful place family fun atmosphere to bad it is closed I wanted to enjoy it with my grandchildren and my youngest niece but may never have that chance.
  • Walking around the gardens you can see the past beauty of this, kinda like walking through an abandoned utopia, it's pretty neat. The areas that are kept up look amazing! But with limited staff and it's funding being cut they have had to abandon quite a few projects but that doesn't deter from the beauty of this place. Once upon a time this would have been a gorgeous place and it still is beautiful today
  • Loved the scenery. The river looked amazing there. Great place to go for a nature walk and relax
  • Quiet, beautiful. Friendly people. Beautiful trails. Perfect for camping, boating, hoarse back riding. Awesome place to take pictures. Well kepted up. Cheap entry.
  • Beautiful state park... many natural features and labeled nature walks so everyone can learn about the plant life there.. great walking/running trails, picnic areas, open fields for stargazing, and rental area for canoes, kayaks, and whatnot.. wish it didn't cost to go in per person... per car would be more acceptable.. and they aren't connected to the military program that allows military members to see the park for free

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