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Niblett's Bluff Park

Sam Houston Jones State Park Near Lake Charles

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Spanning more than 1,000 acres, Sam Houston Jones State Park harbors a mixed pine and hardwood forest. Less than 20 minutes northwest of downtown Lake Charles, the park is convenient to Southwest Louisiana residents. Its rich ecology supports many varieties of wildlife, including deer, gators, bobcats and multiple bird species. At the confluence of paths behind the Nature Center, visitors may have the opportunity to see deer up close; local fauna often visit a special area maintained by the park.

With kayak and canoe rentals and two boat launches, boating and paddling the clear waters of the river and the gulf is easy. The park grounds also offers a playground, picnic areas and pavilions for family-friendly occasions.

Nearly 8 miles of hiking trails wind around the park, accommodating both serious and casual hikers. The trails include arched bridges over tree-lined lagoons and an old stage coach road, allowing for pleasant, leisurely strolls through the area. At the head of the Longleaf Pine trail sits a full, 18-hole disc golf course twisting among grassy areas, wooded areas and along waterways.

Photo Credit: Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism