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Sam Houston Jones State Park

Western Acadiana, Louisiana

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  • Sam Houston Jones State Park's unique sign at the entrance to the park.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Early morning fog settles in the forest.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • A deer makes its way around the park in the early morning hours.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Day use areas in the park include platforms and bridges through the swamp that give visitors a chance to try to spot wildlife.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Picnic tables set along the edge of the park with views of the river below.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • The plank walkway from Camping Area 1 to the amphitheater.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • The amphitheater for campers is perched directly over a swamp wetlands.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • The boat launch area inside Sam Houston Jones State Park.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • The trailhead for the Cypress Tupelo Trail hike.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Trees arch over the Riverwalk Trail hike, the park's most scenic hiking trail.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • An armadillo walks near the park's Stagecoach Trail.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Trailhead for the Stagecoach and Longleaf Pine trails.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Along the Calcasieu West Fork.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Cypress knees grow dramatically  in the center of the day use area.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Swamp trees along the Riverwalk Trail hike.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • A great blue heron along the Riverwalk Trail.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • Camping Area 2.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • There are several rental cabin options.- Sam Houston Jones State Park
  • The park is home to the 18-hole Bob Rodgers Memorial Disc Golf Course. - Sam Houston Jones State Park
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Pros: 
Variety of recreational opportunities.
Cons: 
Some trail closures.
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Region:
Western Acadiana, LA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Sam Houston Jones State Park is a 1,087-acre park with a diverse selection of opportunities. The landscape is in the middle of a pine and hardwood forest, and there are numerous lagoons with scenic cypress trees along the banks of the slow moving Calcasieu River that forms three edges of the park. Boat launches are available for boaters to get on the water, and boat rentals are available through the park.

Several hiking trails, including the 2-mile scenic Riverwalk Trail, the 1.25-mile meandering Stagecoach Trail, and the 3.5-mile Longleaf Pine Trail branch out throughout the park. Hikers will have the opportunity to see some of the 200 species of birds that migrate through the park annually along with the mammals who reside around the rivers and swamps.

Two campgrounds and rental cabins are spread throughout the park and accommodate a variety of overnight needs. Features in the park include an amphitheater perched over a wetlands lagoon, playgrounds, and plenty of picnic tables and grills, including a covered pavilion. The Bob Rodgers Memorial 18-hole Disc Golf Course winds its way though a forested portion of the park, and there are lines set up for beginner through advanced levels. The park's looping circuitous roads are also popular for cyclists and joggers.

Park entrance is $3 per person. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily with the park gates locking for the night at 9 p.m. Pets are allowed and must be leashed. Additional information can be found here or by calling 337.855.2665.

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