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Sam Houston Jones State Park Reopens

After months of work, including replanting trees and repairing park amenities, Sam Houston Jones State Park (Louisiana) reopened.

Sam Houston Jones State Park has been closed since 2020 because of Hurricane Laura.

Sam Houston Jones State Park lost about 80% of its tree coverage during Hurricane Laura. Since then, work has been ongoing to clean up and repair the $22 million worth of damages.

“It’s been a very long recovery, roughly 20 months, but we are very glad to be back here and open up today,” said Brandon Burris, assistant secretary for Louisiana State Parks.

On Wednesday, a grand opening was held to commemorate the hard work of the staff and volunteers who helped the park open its gates.

“Anytime we can celebrate something new, something that has recovered, we want to do that,” Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said.

Photo courtesy of Sam Houston Jones State Park

The park has been upgraded with 31 RV campground sites, ten luxury cabins, a 500-foot-long boardwalk, and additional plans for more development in the future.

Photo courtesy of Sam Houston Jones State Park

“We’ve got mountain bike trails, horseback riding in other parks,” Nungesser said. 

“We want to see that here. It will be a draw for people far and near to come here and enjoy those things and then eat and shop in the surrounding community.”

This story originally appeared on KPLC. Featured image from Sam Houston Jones State Park.  

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February 13, 2024 10:03 pm

It’s truly heartwarming to hear that Sam Houston Jones State Park has reopened after the damage caused by Hurricane Laura. The restoration efforts and community involvement are genuinely inspiring. This is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to experience the park’s natural beauty and support its ongoing restoration through volunteer programs and eco-friendly initiatives.

Nancy Mitchell
Nancy Mitchell
March 20, 2024 10:21 pm
Reply to  JoyfulSoul77

It’s amazing to see the park bounce back after the storm, ain’t it? Have you checked out the new trails or camping facilities? I reckon exploring them would be a blast! Looking forward to hearing about your adventures there!

April 22, 2024 8:37 pm

Isn’t it awesome that Sam Houston Jones State Park has reopened after all the hard work following Hurricane Laura? It’s a big deal for the park’s recovery journey. Now, we can enjoy the revamped park with new facilities and activities. What’s your favorite part of the park’s upgrades?

April 27, 2024 12:57 am

Isn’t it awesome that Sam Houston Jones State Park has reopened with upgraded trails, picnic spots, and new educational programs? It’s fantastic to see the park flourishing after the restoration efforts!


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