Over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, Hodges Gardens State Park, located in Sabine Parish, is a unique member of the State Parks system. Originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges Sr., the site's gardens consist of a variety of plants and flowers, from a formal rose garden to bushes that colorful Southern standard, the azalea. The northwest region of Louisiana bears an interesting history, from the Native American tribes to the French and Spanish settlers to the outlaws of the "No Man's Land" that arose following the Louisiana Purchase. Early explorers passed through the area on their way to Mexico and California, a trail now designated as the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. In the late 19th century, mining operations in the area provided sandstone for the jetties at Port Arthur, Texas. When the quarry was abandoned, the large natural rock formations remained exposed. The Hodges recognized the potential of the abandoned quarry on the property and planned a scenic garden using the natural rock formations. Flowers were planted on one level above another, creating a terraced effect. Walkways and footbridges throughout the gardens allow the visitor to stroll through an abundance of flora. Water from a 225-acre lake, built in 1954, is pumped from the lake through the gardens to waterfalls, pools, a geyser, fountains and to the watering system before it is recycled back into the lake. A testament to one family's contribution to the preservation of our land's natural beauty, Hodges Gardens was donated to the State by the A.J. and Nona Trigg Hodges Foundation in 2007.

Wish we could have seen it. It’s completely shut down and we couldn’t find a way to even park and walk to the trail unfortunately.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Half of Hodges Gardens is already inaccessible while they're in the process of closing down completely. It was nice to walk around the other half, but that area is no longer as well maintained as it used to be.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Mostly paved wouldnt exactly call it a trail, but make no mistake this place was beautiful and is more than worth checking out.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Flowers are pretty, trails extremely overgrown. The park ranger we talked to was a first class A-hole. There were some locals here wearing rotary club vests, doing some kind of high school running event that were very rude as well. Maybe it's just the area.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Beautiful gardens and man made paths. Geese, duck, bird, deer. Several trails were closed due to forestry burn. Long lief pine trail was overgrown. Wild azalea trail wasnt marked well either as we ended up on a closed path with dangerous bridge. will try again in the spring

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Best trail by far I have been to. We went a little off trail bc we heard water and discovered a 7-8ft waterfall. All of the flowers, campsites, canoe renting, etc was available. Strongly recommend to take a day out and discover this place

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

I ran by the lake for a while and it was nice. When I ran some of the trails in the woods i got turned around because of trail closures. This could have been marked better.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Incredible scenery.

mountain biking
Friday, July 08, 2011

I think its a great trail. I rode around Hodges garden which is a 5mile loop.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

Saturday, September 17, 2016