Louisiana State Arboretum

Louisiana State Arboretum Louisiana Natvie Plants The Arboretum is the only preservation area in Louisiana State Parks. We have 600 acres of forest and 5.5 miles of hiking trails.
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Operating as usual

The Arboretum and Chicot will be closed Friday-Sunday in preparation for Hurricane Delta.
10/08/2020

The Arboretum and Chicot will be closed Friday-Sunday in preparation for Hurricane Delta.

HURRICANE DELTA CLOSURES: Multiple Louisiana State Parks and Historic Sites are being evacuated and closed ahead of the storm. If you had reservations at one of these parks, you will receive a full refund because they are closed.

All other parks remain open and reservations unchanged. Watch this page for another storm announcement on Tues., 10/13 when we reevaluate reopenings. Stay safe out there, y'all!

Closed through Sun., 10/11:
Grand Isle State Park,
Palmetto Island State Park,
Chicot State Park,
Cypremort Point State Park,
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park,
Jimmie Davis State Park,
South Toledo Bend State Park,
Longfellow Evangeline State Historic Site,
Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site,
Audubon State Historic Site
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site,
Fort Jesup,
Rebel SHS,
Rosedown Plantation SHS,
Mansfield State Historic Site,
Port Hudson State Historic Site

Louisiana State Parks
10/07/2020

Louisiana State Parks

TRICK-OR-TREAT AT THE PARK. Calling all ghosts and superheroes! Every Louisiana State Park is hosting Trick-or-Treat in the Park from 4-6 p.m. on Sat., Oct. 31st. Arrive early, pay your park entrance fee, and get settled because the kids will walk the campsite area and the roads in that area will be closed for safety. The rules are a little different this year, so get ready to sanitize your hands, wear your mask, practice social distancing, and get creative in your treat collection and distribution. Maybe bring a butterfly net for fun treat collecting at a distance? Follow your local Louisiana State Park’s page for site-specific details.

Cardinal Flower
10/02/2020

Cardinal Flower

This Scarlet-bodied wasp moth is an excellent mimic of a wasp but is actually a completely harmless moth. It is beautifu...
10/02/2020

This Scarlet-bodied wasp moth is an excellent mimic of a wasp but is actually a completely harmless moth. It is beautiful also! (flower: White Snakeroot, Ageratina altissima)

10/02/2020

Advisory: Our Facebook messages are not accessible at the moment. Please contact us directly by phone or email. Thank you! 1-888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289 or [email protected]

Gulf Fritillary caterpillars on passionvine.
09/11/2020

Gulf Fritillary caterpillars on passionvine.

09/09/2020

Update:September 21, 2020

The Louisiana State Arboretum is open! Both of our entrances and all trails are open. Feel free to call us with any questions. 337-363-6289.

Today is National Hummingbird Day and the Arboretum is a great place to see them. Chicot State Park reopens Tues., 9/8 a...
09/05/2020

Today is National Hummingbird Day and the Arboretum is a great place to see them. Chicot State Park reopens Tues., 9/8 and so do we!

Yellow passionflower (Passiflora lutea) A cute little vine that hosts the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.
08/20/2020

Yellow passionflower (Passiflora lutea) A cute little vine that hosts the Gulf Fritillary caterpillar.

Cutleaf Coneflower(Rudbeckia laciniata) on the Walker Branch Trail.
08/14/2020

Cutleaf Coneflower(Rudbeckia laciniata) on the Walker Branch Trail.

Louisiana State Arboretum's cover photo
08/11/2020

Louisiana State Arboretum's cover photo

A lovely story about Chicot and the Arboretum. https://www.myneworleans.com/best-3-ever-spent/
08/06/2020
Best $3 Ever Spent - My New Orleans

A lovely story about Chicot and the Arboretum.
https://www.myneworleans.com/best-3-ever-spent/

  You would think that an introvert who works at home would perform ok in this pandemic. At first, I did fine, although having family members constantly at home proved challenging at times. But last week hit me hard. I can’t explain it, the blues knocked on my door like they have since March, but...

07/31/2020

Summertime on the Baldcypress Trail

07/24/2020

The rosy wolfsnail is large predator of other snails and slugs. This one seems to be looking for a meal.

07/17/2020

Beautiful Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly

07/10/2020

The Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial(animal with a pouch) in North America. This mama has her pouch full!

06/23/2020
Bobcat

We had a beautiful bobcat on the boardwalk!

Some wildflowers from around the Nature Center
06/17/2020

Some wildflowers from around the Nature Center

We are reopening on June 26! This includes the Louisiana State Arboretum. See post for details about which areas of Chic...
06/12/2020
CHICOT STATE PARK TO REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC JUNE 26 | Louisiana DCRT News

We are reopening on June 26! This includes the Louisiana State Arboretum. See post for details about which areas of Chicot will be opening.

BATON ROUGE, La. – Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the LouisianaOffice of State Parks announce the reopening of Chicot State Park in Ville Platte to the public. The south campground and

06/11/2020
Louisiana State Parks

Louisiana State Parks

Bogue Chitto State Park offers 4 miles of singletrack mountain bike trails for visitors to enjoy! Thanks to Northshore Off-Road Biking Association for their dedicated work in maintaining the trails

Here are some of the projects we've been working on at the Arboretum! We have stained, stabilized and repaired several b...
06/11/2020

Here are some of the projects we've been working on at the Arboretum! We have stained, stabilized and repaired several bridges. We finished putting bird collision stickers on all the windows of the exhibit area and have had no bird collisions this spring! And our rain garden is coming along nicely and should be finished soon.

Chicot State Park and the Arboretum will remain closed for the time being. Thank you for your patience.
05/13/2020

Chicot State Park and the Arboretum will remain closed for the time being. Thank you for your patience.

We’re open for overnight stays by Louisiana residents only, beginning this weekend (Friday, May 15). We will reopen to our out-of-state guests effective Friday, May 29. We are looking forward to seeing you all again! And please remember your social distancing and handwashing practices!

*Bayou Segnette, Chicot, and Lake Bistineau remain closed for use as isolation facilities. Once those parks have been released from that service, they will be cleaned and sanitized before reopening for the public’s enjoyment.

Louisiana State Parks
04/29/2020

Louisiana State Parks

𝐏𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐨𝐫'𝐬 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐡𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐨𝐫𝐝𝐞𝐫, 𝐰𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐬𝐨 𝐞𝐱𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬. 𝐏𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟖 𝐚.𝐦. 𝐭𝐨 𝟓 𝐩.𝐦. 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐇𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐜 𝐒𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝟗 𝐚.𝐦. 𝐭𝐨 𝟓 𝐩.𝐦. 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝑫𝑨𝒀-𝑼𝑺𝑬 𝑶𝑵𝑳𝒀. 𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐒𝐞𝐠𝐧𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞, 𝐂𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐨𝐭, 𝐆𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐞, 𝐋𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐁𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐚𝐮, 𝐍𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐨 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐝, 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐓𝐨𝐥𝐞𝐝𝐨 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐚𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐜𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐮𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐥 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐧𝐨𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞.

𝐈𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐭𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐌𝐚𝐲 𝟏𝟒, 𝒚𝒐𝒖 𝒘𝒊𝒍𝒍 𝒃𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒂𝒄𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒚 𝑹𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒆𝑨𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒊𝒄𝒂 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒂 𝒓𝒆𝒇𝒖𝒏𝒅. *𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐛𝐞 𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐝𝐟𝐮𝐥 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐑𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞𝐀𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝟑𝟓+ 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐫𝐤𝐬 𝐢𝐧 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐠𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬; 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐚𝐩𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝.

Prothonotary Warbler
04/16/2020

Prothonotary Warbler

04/01/2020
River otters dancing?!

We are taking this opportunity to get some maintenance projects done at the Arboretum like repairing and slip proofing our boardwalks and bridges, making our windows on the Nature Center safe for birds and beautifying our flowerbeds with native plants. We are also keeping an eye on the wildlife out here like these super cute river otters!

Louisiana State Parks
03/28/2020

Louisiana State Parks

In the interest of public safety, we are asking that you practice social distancing while visiting our parks. We have been advised of groups gathering at our parks and lakes. If this continues, we will have no other option than to close the parks completely.

Reminder of those parks currently closed: Bayou Segnette, Chicot, Grand Isle, Lake Bistineau, North Toledo Bend, South Toledo Bend. All other parks are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; historic sites are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

And here's an infographic, to help you figure out the appropriate distance...

Here's a little bit of virtual nature for everyone on the first day of spring. :)
03/19/2020

Here's a little bit of virtual nature for everyone on the first day of spring. :)

Louisiana Iris variety "The Kahn"
03/19/2020

Louisiana Iris variety "The Kahn"

This includes the Louisiana State Arboretum.  Everyone stay safe.Official notice of the closure of Chicot State Park, al...
03/18/2020
Louisiana State Parks

This includes the Louisiana State Arboretum. Everyone stay safe.

Official notice of the closure of Chicot State Park, along with Lake Bistineau State Park, as these two parks will be used as *regional* staging areas...only local people will be housed at the parks. https://www.crt.state.la.us/news?NewsID=341

Official notice of the closure of Chicot State Park, along with Lake Bistineau State Park, as these two parks will be used as *regional* staging areas...only local people will be housed at the parks. https://www.crt.state.la.us/news?NewsID=341

Spring is here! :)
03/05/2020

Spring is here! :)

Redbud
03/05/2020

Redbud

Elliot's Huckleberry flowers
01/30/2020

Elliot's Huckleberry flowers

Arbor Day is coming up fast!  Our celebration is this Saturday, January 18 beginning at 10am. Check our events page for ...
01/17/2020

Arbor Day is coming up fast! Our celebration is this Saturday, January 18 beginning at 10am. Check our events page for more details or give us a call at 337-363-6289.

Address

1300 Sudie Lawton Ln
Ville Platte, LA
70586

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State Preservation Area in Louisiana

Opening Hours

Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00

Telephone

+13373636289

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Will you be back open this weekend?
I was there less than 2 weeks ago and noticed a lot of trees being cleared near the old entrance. I assume it is not part of the park. Wondering if any of you know why they are cutting trees down there. It was a bummer to hear the machines while we were there.
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Seen this afternoon near the entrance to to arboretum.
It's a beautiful time of year for hiking on the Arboretum's trails!
We took this picture yesterday at Chico Park Arboretum, during the eclipse. Pretty amazing. (Sun projecting through the trees along the paths). We really enjoyed ourselves. Taking in all of the experience and beauty of nature all around us. Thank you'll for offering this to everyone! #BeautyInNature #GodCreatedBeauty