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Hodges Gardens State Park, Florien

(3.7/5 based on 70+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We stumbled across this park & fell in love with it. Many different gardens to visit. Most beautiful view is located at the end of the rose garden over looking the lake as the sun is setting. There ar...  more »
  • Hodges gardens was beautiful, even though my visit was long after the azalea bloom. The state has not properly maintained this beautiful asset, and I wonder about its future. Roads, greenhouses, trail...  more »
  • Idyllic grounds which have suffered badly from State budget cuts. The Observation Tower was the highlight. You can get a great view of the lake and the waterfall from there. There is much potential. U...  more »
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  • I LOVE this park for many reasons! Since it's located away from any major city, you can see lots of stars on a clear night. It's peaceful and quiet. The park rents out canoes and kayaks so you can enjoy being on the lake that's located in the center of the park. They have cabins, tent camping sites, and a primitive campsite (my favorite!) that's on an old airstrip. The gardens are BEAUTIFUL, especially in Spring when all the flowers are blooming. It's a great place to get away for a day or for multiple days. If you need to go to the store, there is a Dollar General within 10 minutes from the park in Hornbeck. If you haven't been here before, you should check it out and see for yourself! :)
  • What a beautiful place! So well kept! Very family friendly. I love to go there and see the flowers and walk through the gardens. Back woods trails!
  • Had a wonderful time enjoying nature!
  • 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.
  • 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!!