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Parks of Central Louisiana

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Louisiana’s central region features some of the best recreation the Bayou State has to offer.

Set just north of Ville Platte in Evangeline Parish, Chicot State Park covers over 6,400 acres – plus the 2,000-acre lake.

Anglers are welcome to Lake Chicot’s many bass, bluegill, and crappie, while land lovers enjoy hiking, cycling, and picnicking.

West-central Louisiana is home to a scenic cluster of state parks. Set just north of Leesville, Hodges Gardens State Park is found along U.S. Highway 171 and encompasses more than 700 acres.

An incredible historic spot, the park features gardens, mild hiking trails, horseback riding, an arboretum, and the Azalea Overlook.

Louisiana’s largest horticultural recreation area, Hodges Gardens State Park also offers a large lake – great for fishing, kayaking, and canoeing – plus cycling, picnicking, baseball, and wildlife viewing.

Active visitors may trek down the one-mile Longleaf Pine Stump Hiking Trail or .5-mile Spring Cove Hiking Trail, while equestrian enthusiasts may try the seven-mile Wagon Wheel Equestrian/Hiking Trail or six-mile East Fence Loop Equestrian/Hiking Trail.

The Toledo Bend Reservoir features two state parks on its banks: North Toledo Bend State Park and South Toledo Bend State Park. Both feature boating and fishing, plus hiking, bird watching, and wildlife viewing. Don’t miss North Toledo’s Olympic-size swimming pool, or the museum at South Toledo – or both as the parks are 50 miles apart along the scenic Highway 191.


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