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Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien

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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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  • 70 years ago a gentlemen put his heart and soul in building these gardens and it shows. Over the years many items were added to this park to add to its beauty. Majestic trees stand at the heart of the...  more »
  • We visited Hodges Gardens a few weeks ago. Not all of the fountains had water yet but the foliage was gorgeous and flowers were in bloom. I thoroughly enjoyed the peace and quiet in this luscious oasi...  more »
  • I've been to Hodges Gardens several times over the years. From when I was a young boy until now it has changed quite a bit. In the past it was privately owned but open to the public year round. Now it...  more »
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  • 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
  • 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
  • Scenic views around every corner! Hodges Gardens is a masterpiece of outdoor design. The layout of the park is as whimsical as it is stately, with secret garden paths and manicured hedges. Exploring the park's many features feels magical and dreamlike, complete with the unbelievable aromas of flowers in bloom. The waterview cabins, boat launch, amphitheater, garden trellises, and barbecue pavilion make Hodges Gardens an ideal destination, whether you visit for the day, the summer, or a special event.
  • Gorgeous park!!! Spent a couple of hours viewing with my family and it was great. Sadly, Louisiana is considering cutting funding for state parks and Hodges Garden will close without it. Please consider donating and fighting against the cuts so that we can keep our parks for tourism!!!