The Louisiana State Arboretum is located six miles north of Ville Platte, LA. The main entrance to the Arboretum is now located inside of Chicot State Park at 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane. The Arboretum has 600 acres and 5.5 miles of hiking trails with trees and other plants marked along the paths. The J.D. “Prof” Lafleur Nature Center has an exhibit on the Woodlands of Louisiana and offers many nature programs throughout the year. The Caroline Dormon Lodge is still located 4213 Chicot Park Rd and parking is available to hike from that location. Please take a map our trails change periodically.
Louisiana State Arboretum Nature Center
1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586
To get to the LSA from I-49 take exit 46 (HWY 106) go toward St. Landry. Continue on Hwy 106 until it meets up with Chicot Park Road (Hwy 3042). Turn LEFT onto Hwy 3042 and go 4 miles to the entrance of Chicot State Park. Once inside of Chicot State Park take the first left and then the first left again. You will have to pay the entrance fee for Chicot State Park.
Phone: 1-888-677-6100 or 337-363-6289
Arboretum Nature Center Operating Hours: 9am-5pm Wednesday – Sunday, Closed Monday and Tuesday and Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Arboretum Trails can be accessed for free everyday from the HWY 3042 entrance by the Caroline Dormon Lodge. 4213 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586
You can also view a GPS trail map at www.openstreetmap.org and search for Louisiana State Arboretum.
Arboretum Rules: No Fishing, biking, picnicking, or pets on the trails. These activities are all welcome next door in Chicot State Park. Also removing or harming any plants or animals from the Arboretum is prohibited.
Please visit our Friends Website for in depth information on the different trees you can see at the Arboretum. Friends of the Louisiana State Arboretum