Louisiana Traveler: Hodges Gardens State Park - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana Traveler: Hodges Gardens State Park

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FLORIEN, LA (KPLC) -

When A.J. Hodges took an abandoned quarry and built a scenic garden using natural rock formations, it got attention from all over the world. Opened in the mid-50s, Hodges Gardens State Park features over 700 acres of wild and cultivated beauty.

Everyone loves waterfalls and Hodges Gardens doesn't disappoint. In fact, there are several throughout the park.

Park Manager Kim Kelly said the waterfall system was designed by Hodges himself.

"There are three waterfalls in the gardens. The lake provides the water for all that. It comes from the lake, pumped up to the highest point, then it flows down the waterfalls and the streams and back down to the lake. He was way ahead of his time with all of his water features," Kelly said.

The park offers boating, kayaking and fishing on the 225-acre lake, as well as camping, hiking and equestrian trails.

"Coming in, you step back in time to a more peaceful, simple way of life from back then. You leave changed. You can't come in those gates and not leave a little more at peace, a little affected by the serenity by all of it," Kelly said.

Hodges Gardens State Park is located on U.S. 171, between Hornbeck and Florien. You can view a slideshow of photos from the park HERE or read more about the park HERE.

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