Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is dedicated to helping the citizens of Northwest Louisiana connect with nature by conserving a pine-oak-hickory forest for interpretation and recreation. Native, mature forest exists in most areas of the 160-acre site, which also contains about five miles of nature trails. The Nature Park is a highly diverse area that is notable for its floristic diversity - over 520 species of plants native to Louisiana can be found here! For a relatively small forest site, this is astounding as it represents nearly 20% of the flora of the entire state of Louisiana. Hiking along the Caddo Trail is highly recommended as one can view natural gradients in habitat and remarkable old-growth trees. The Park also has a wonderful interpretive building with displays that educate about the area's flora and fauna, a rentable pavilion with restrooms, and several knowledgeable naturalists who provide information and interpretation to park visitors. Nature-oriented programs are available on an appointment basis and to school groups. The Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park is home to a truly exceptional old-growth forest, to stellar environmental educational programs, and is a significant site for the conservation of the natural heritage of the state of Louisiana.