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Located adjacent to Chicot State Park, the 300+-acre site is beautiful, inspirational and peaceful. Its topography is varied and dramatic with the landscaping ranging from nearly flat to slopes of over 30% Almost every type of native Louisiana vegetation, except coastal marsh and prairie, is represented.

The arboretum is designed primarily for eductional use; however, it is an ideal setting for quiet recreation. For the most enthusiastic naturalist or first-time visitor, it is a delightful and enchanting area in which to discover the beauty of nature. There is an interpretive shelter with educational exhibits, a fine outdoor classroom and a system of foot bridges that lead through a network of hills, ravines and creeks.

Restrooms and water fountains are also available. Group tours can be scheduled and interpretive programs are offered on a regular basis. Self guided tours are made easier by the well-marked trails.

Location: 4213 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte Louisiana 70586 Telephone 337-363-6289 Toll Free: 877-226-7652

Other Louisiana State Parks nearby:
(Ville Platte) Chicot State Park
(Ville Platte) Louisiana State Arboretum
(Lake Charles) Sam Houston Jones State Park
(Washington) Thistlethwaite Wildlife Management Area

07/12 Coming to The Ville Platte area
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