Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien
Categories: Gardens, Nature & Parks
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.To visit Hodges Gardens State Park on your trip to Florien, use our Florien itinerary builder.
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My daughters love going to hodges! It's such a nice escape and gives our family a place to explore together. The waterfalls are soothing and beautiful. And there's never a shortage of new bugs, flower... read more »
I have never been to this park before. So I had no preconceived notions of its prior state. All I knew was that I was stunned at its beauty right as I took the first glimpse. The natural landscape alo... read more »
We have stayed here multiple times over the past 15 years, or so. The park is heavily wooded and has lots of trails for those who like to hike. A lake full of fish is also available, but no outside bo... read more »
The Main Gardens were beautiful, but was shocked to see that Flag Island was closed, the greenhouse was closed and in sad state of disrepair, and the animal enclosure area was abandoned. I guess nothing was done after Hurricane Rita except the main gardens area and maybe the cabins. The roads are in bad shape. The visit was nice, but not as nice as pre-hurricane over 10 years ago before became a State Park.
Whitney D Buckley
Beautiful trails. Waterfalls and much more. Great family place!
The waterfall is majestic!! The tower was awesome to out of it cause I saw everything! And the garden was most beautiful of it all!!
Your tax dollars at work. We have not screwed this up.
I was at the gardens back in 1981 as a child. At the time it was still run by the Hodges family/foundation. I just brought my husband and daughter July 5-7th, they love! It is different now. The financial restraints of a state government run program are obvious but it is reassuring to see different features have been adopted by groups,organizations and companies. We saw two different features being worked on while there. Great work being done. Flag Island is closed do to unsafe conditions. That was very sad. I loved that feature when I was a kid. But until they can find someone willing to finance the repair and cleanup, there isn't any going up there. It was a great trip, beautiful gardens and the cabins are wonderful! The hard work being done by the limited staff and volunteers is terrific! Everyone we came in contact with were extremely friendly and helpful. Stop by and see the wonderful Kim in the gift shop and she can tell you all about the history of the gardens.
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