Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien

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#45 of 104 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. In April 2007, it became part of the Louisiana public parks system. 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 »
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  • After looking at the pics and other info about Hodges Garden, I wish that I would've had the chance to visit it. It looks very serene and peaceful, the lake is very beautiful too. I'm sure that it had some good fishing but I could just get in a kayak or tube and just float around the lake enjoying the peace of being on the water. I would have loved to have visited the waterfall, I spent a summer in North Carolina and that's where I fell in love with waterfalls and their beauty. Very disappointed that it was a victim of budget cuts.
  • I hope that this park will find the funds to reopen. It's such a beautiful and serene Park. I especially enjoyed the herb garden . I stayed in a spacious one-bedroom cabin close to the lake shore. The cabin had a fully equipped kitchen. It was especially nice to have a flock of geese visit me every morning and every evening before their bedtime.
  • I really wish I could live here. This place is my escape. If I need a day to relax and center myself a road trip out here is always the answer. I wish we could reserve for camp outs but last time we were told that they no longer do it. I can spend all day walking through the beautiful gardens and waterfalls and then spend a few hours out on the water.
  • 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
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