The Southwestern Region of Louisiana is known by some as “Cajun Country” and boasts both bayous and big cities. Our first stop in the Pelican state was Sam Houston Jones State Park. It is located at 107 Sutherland Road, Lake Charles, Louisiana at the confluence of the Houston & Calcasieu Rivers and Indian Bayou.
The landscape is obviously in stark contrast with the desert and plains of the Western states we have traversed recently, for we are now in America’s Wetland. When we arrived, we entered a park with tree-filled lagoons and a mixed pine and hardwood forest covering 1,087 acres of land.
We like state parks for their large spaces between sites. But here the sites are a bit tight and narrow – not what we normally expect of a state park, and some sites were buckling due to tree root incursion. We were actually forewarned that state parks further east are old and may need work. But this was the first state park we have seen with full hookups and 50-amp power. And the beauty of the park and the nice hiking trails grew on us the longer we stayed.
The water and power hook ups are way too far from the site, but the office kindly lent us an extension cord. The park is mostly peaceful and quiet, but there was some kind of constant distant humming from a plant that got really aggravating. The birds and the wind could not drown out that noise!