Originally named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively in the western reaches of Louisiana, Sam Houston Jones was given its current name in honor of the state's 37th governor, who was instrumental in setting aside this tract of land for the public to enjoy. Because the caretakers of this 1,087-acre park have worked to keep the land in its natural state, abundant wildlife inhabits the area. Tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest combine to create a unique natural environment. The park is located just north of the most productive birding region of Louisiana. The bird watching is always excellent, but at certain times of year, nearly 200 species of birds can be seen at or within 30 miles of the site. The numerous waterways in this area make water sports a natural highlight at the park. Two boat launches are conveniently located on the West Fork of the Calcasieu River, providing access to the Gulf of Mexico, only a few miles away. But it's not necessary to fish to enjoy the water. Rental boats are available those who simply wish to take in the serene beauty of the park's ponds. The three hiking trails winding through this beautiful park make strolling or serious hiking, pleasurable. Particularly interesting is the old stagecoach road, which hikers may travel to explore the park and the banks of the various tributaries to the Calcasieu River.

trail running
2 months ago

Good trail running here. Different fauna, river trails, woods with some dips and climbs and running next to swampy area

Great place to be alone and run.

pretty good

Decent trails, slightly rough in some spots but nothing that the average person couldn't handle.

It is Louisiana so expect hot with suffocating humidity for the majority of the warmer season. Mosquitos are plentiful as well.

Love my Blue and Purple Trails (I live 5 minutes from the state park)

rode my mountain bike on the trail yesterday kind of challenging at times but a find ride

Enjoyed our quick hike at Sam Houston! First hike of the spring. Weather was nice and warm finally. The beginning of the Orange Trail was a bit muddy. The trail was clear on the river side. Saw one cottonmouth, little garter snake, wood ducks, squirrels, frogs and turtles. Still pretty rough looking from last year's flooding, but close to the house and a nice trail. Looking forward to coming back when we have more time to do the longer trail. Only saw one other couple walking, super nice. Enjoyed our morning walk! Spring time is here! Watch for snakes and roots.

Easy hiking but not much to see in December. Cooler weather made it pleasant nonetheless.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Careful after rain. Those bridges get slick. Busted my butt when my tires slid on the bridge decking. Roots get slippery too.

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

It was very nice!

Friday, September 01, 2017

Nice trail to run and ride a mountain bike on. Deer flies in the summer hurt like heck, but if you keep a 7 minute per mile pace they lose interest and don't chase you far

My favorite time of the year to hike at Sam Houston Jones State Park is the fall. The changing leaves are beautiful. The Blue Trail is my favorite at the park. There is plenty of wildlife. I've seen snakes on all of the trails and deer as well.

The trails are marked fairly well, but the Blue Trail can be confusing if you aren't familiar with the area. The shorter trails are well worn, and easy to navigate.

mountain biking
Friday, May 05, 2017

great trails. pine forest, a few flowy spots, a lot of root sections, a few good climbs for south Louisiana, bridges can be slick on Blue trail. Orange trail is a good beginner trail.

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

The park in pretty decent. The trails are really nice and easy. Lots of wildlife. Snakes! Snakes! Snakes! Which makes me a happy boy! The only reason for 4 of 5 stars is there are no maps and the person at the gate wasn't very helpful or friendly.

Be sure to bring insect repellant. Even in December!

Good hike at the end of October. Did 7+ miles. Forgot my spray but did not have trouble with bugs.

road biking
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I've been biking on the road inside the park and its a pretty ride. I think its close to 2.5 miles one time around if you go down the side roads also. Some of the inclines are steep. not too crowded on weekdays around 10am

hiking
Friday, February 05, 2016

love the blue trail! I've done it several times Dec/Jan and the insects aren't bad. Although not a good trail for dogs due to ticks. I found 5 or so on mine. Very peaceful. Lots of birds and squirrels.

walking
Thursday, November 19, 2015

Easy trails and friendly deer.

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Upper Blue trail needs to be better marked.

hiking
Sunday, July 05, 2015

The trails here are great for getting deep into the woods. They can be confusing at times but overall a fun hike. We chose to hike them shortly after a rain so the bugs were absolutely horrible. So much so that we ran most of the trail due to the horseflies. I wouldn't mind going again at a different time to see if it's better.

mountain biking
Saturday, May 31, 2014

Nice challenging trails. Good for family outings.

hiking
Monday, March 17, 2014

Nice shady well-marked trails, the water view from some parts of the trail made it exquisite, but there were way too many insects flying up in the air in some parts of the park, thankfully not in the hiking trails. I am not sure if it was just for one day, but they were nasty and we had to actually make a run back into our car. Its nice place for families, barbecue etc.

hiking
2 months ago

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