Just Outside Lake Charles
Sam Houston Jones State Park is located just a few miles outside of Lake Charles Louisiana. The site has a variety of options for stays including overnight cabins, RV campsites, tent campsites, and group pavilions. There is also a boat launch, picnic area, and multiple playgrounds.￼ The park is named for the Texas folk hero who traveled extensively through Louisiana as well as Texas.
Helpful and Knowledgeable Staff, No Gift Shop
The staff in the small visitors center were very friendly and helpful, but do not expect a typical state park gift shop. There were no items available for sale or snacks to purchase. There were several bathrooms throughout the park which were all clean and well taken care of.￼￼
There are two different boat launches which will allow you access to a river connecting to a lake about 20 miles away.
Consisting of about 8 miles, there is a decent amount of highly accessible trails for those interested in hiking or trail running. There are a few closed trails which are unfortunately the ones closest to most camping areas. However, you must be on the lookout for alligators. It is Louisiana, of course. There are also several wide and well-maintained roads throughout the park.￼￼￼￼
Great but Small RV Campsites
We stayed in the RV park area. The prices are very reasonable starting at $20 a night up to $33 a night for a premium site which had sewer and pull through. We arrived late at night, and it was extremely difficult to see where our campsite was located and also the best way to enter and exit each site. It took around 30 minutes to identify our site and park our RV the night. However, the next morning, the layout of the sites made much more sense with the light of day. Each spot is fairly close to others around you, but everything is in excellent working condition and there are numerous bathrooms and laundry sites all around.￼￼
With over 1000 acres of soaring trees and meandering rivers, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a beautiful stop for a few nights on any trip or a great place to stay while visiting Lake Charles. With the amenities of a big city so close by, you can enjoy both the serenity nature￼ and modern conveniences.