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.

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.

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

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.

Easy trails and friendly deer.

1 year ago

Upper Blue trail needs to be better marked.

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.

Nice challenging trails. Good for family outings.

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.