"Most Serene Spot in the Pelican State" Sam Houston State Park by mrclay2000

Sam Houston State Park Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 12 photos

If Only All State Parks Could Follow the Model

Correctly named Sam Houston Jones State Park in honor of a past state governor, this serene and lush little hideaway of just over a thousand acres lies a dozen miles northwest of Lake Charles in temperate southwestern Louisiana. As part (or just off) of the Creole Nature Trail around Lake Charles, the area is home to hundreds of species of birds, several mammalian species and the playground of the American alligator. Fishing, hunting, hiking and animal watching are either part of the park's offerings or available very nearby. Few travelers will find so much bounty in such a small state park anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Several pursuits available, easy convenience and good value
  • Cons:Twisting park road will lead you astray even with a map
  • In a nutshell:Camping, hunting, hiking, animal watching all in one little place
  • Last visit to Sam Houston State Park: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Dec 30, 2005 at 8:10 PM

    Interesting and serene.

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2005 at 11:22 AM

    It looks like a nice park to spend some relaxing time

  • annk's Profile Photo
    Jan 7, 2005 at 4:03 PM

    A very peaceful looking park. I take it you didn't see any gators this trip?

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2005 at 9:13 AM

    The mention of bayou conjurs up romantic notions of flat bottom skiffs and the smells of cajun cooking. Not that I've yet had the good fortune to experience either.


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