Welcome to Hodges Gardens State Park!
Ever wonder where the rocks for the Port Arthur Jetty
came from? Would you believe they were brought in by
horse drawn wagon, one rock at a time from a quarry in
central Louisiana. As a veteran of the bicycle business
since 1977, the first thought that raced thru my mind was,
“Wow! I wonder how many trips a set of wagon wheels
could make? It took those guys three days to get from
the mine to Pt Arthur to make their deliveries. Lord knows
how long it took them to get unloaded and back. That had
to be quite a job for those old wooden wheels!
Pictured above is the "Texas Overlook" across from the Park Office at Hogdes Gardens, LA.
Texas is 14 miles away!
Hodges Gardens, located 3.5 miles south of Many Louisiana,
1000 Hodges Loop, Florien, LA 71429 - 318-586-4020 - or - 800-354-3523
For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652)
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There are flower beds on either side of the grassy accommodations for the
bourgeois. In December 2007 approximately 600 rose bushed will be planted
here. Can you imagine what spring and Summer will be like here?
One day soon this flowers will explode in the boxes along the railing. The road pictured
had a "closed" sign on it. Inadvertently, I re-approached the sign from the rear after over
an hour of exploration in the 60 acre gardens on the hills in the background.
A close up of the Holly Berries visible in the distance above.
The view around the bend was more beautiful than a picture can show.
Further around the bend was Mr Hodges home, accessible only by water.
the ranger said something about a wild ram on the island... can you see it
in the picture above?
This lighthouse is visible from Mr Hodges living room,
a sign of a great gardener thru and thru.
Across from the Light House there are all sorts of water ways that have
water flowing thru them when everything is working.
I love the bridges and the elevation in the background. Imagine Spring
and flowers blooming all around...
The water for the waterways are pumped from and return to the lake.
Between the stairways is a water fall. I could not find any other water
falls this day because, again the park had been poorly maintained. Many
things were over grown and the growth covered a lot. Since the pump
system was being maintained the falls were not working and there were
no audible clues as to where more falls might be.
As I rode my bicycle thru the park it wasn't just the sights
that captured my imagination, but the sweet smell of flowers
blooming that I could not see or find. The various fragrances
in the park were heavenly, a completely sensual experience!
This is another perspective of the water falls and steps. Notice some
of the rocks from the quarry on display behind the boxwoods.
Elevations and overlooks were a great part of this garden. Any other
time of year, the trees and bushes would have all blended into a sea of
green but today there was a spectacular display of colour and contrast.
This is the Famous Look Out Tower featured on all the Hodges Gardens
propaganda. It overlooks the last ten features pictured.
Why such a great amount of information about a park that doesn't
seem to be all about bicycles? First, because I love to garden and to
see others gardens. Then, I was so busy exploring the gardens that
I didn't have time to check out the Hike-N-Bike Trails. Again, according
to the ranger, 4500 acres are open to the public in this park and at the
time of my visit there were no sanctions on bicycles. In fact, I spent the
whole day on my bicycle. Got my butt kicked on some of the hills too!
Bring a bicycle, a camera, some water and a picnic lunch and enjoy
the day. or - I drove up Saturday after work and back on Sunday.
The folks at the Emerald Hills Gold Resort, located directly across
the road from my destination, offered large, clean, beautiful rooms for
a very reasonable rate. Coffee at no charge was a nice perk, there is
a restaurant above the Pro Shop, with glass floor to ceiling, overlooking
the 1st and 18th hole. The spectacular view made their breakfast and
lunches all the more enjoyable.
Emerald Hills Golf Resort
42618 Hwy 171 South
Florien, LA 71429
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Cart Path, hills, beauty
1st Hole - See my bicycle in the lower left of the pic?
18th Hole (picture taken from the 19th hole perspective)
Look at the red leaves on the tree outside my room!