Sam Houston Jones State Park is located about 15 minutes north of I10 near Lake Charles, LA. We arrived on a hot July afternoon after driving 400 miles from Pensacola, FL. The campground is filled with big trees which provide abundant shade. It’s a study of contrasts. On the positive side: full hookups, free wifi, and paved camp sites. On the negative side: whoever planned this campground was likely never in a camper. A person might get lucky and land in a site with all the hookups conveniently close at hand. However, that is unlikely. The sewer, water, and electric hookups are most often 20 feet or more from the site. I told the young lady at the office that I couldn’t reach the electric outlet and she produced a 30 foot extension I could borrow. Actually, she had two left. The first was shorted out and the second worked fine. If anyone came in after me, they were out of luck. I was able to reach the sewer by hooking together the two hoses I carry. Then, I couldn’t reach the water. The office carried no hoses, so I walked up to a campsite in which several were sitting in a circle and asked if I could borrow a water hose for the night. Typical of campers, three people offered me, a stranger to them, a hose. With that I was in business. Aside from these things, and the sites being quite close together for a state park this is a nice place to stay. Oh yes, one more thing, we are parked right next to restroom facilities, but the building is closed. As I said, this place is a study of contrasts. The other restroom is not only open, but it’s the only air conditioned restroom I’ve ever seen in a state park!
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