Hill/Smith Cemetery – Flatwoods, Rapides Parish, Louisiana
To reach the cemetery, go North on Interstate Hwy. 49 for three miles past the town of Boyce, and exit at LA Hwy. 8 (Flatwoods). Turn left onto LA Hwy. 8 and go 8.0 miles. Just before reaching Flatwoods, turn left on Dough Hills Road (no sign on the road). Go 4.0 miles to a "Y" and continue straight (left fork goes to Campbell Creek Cemetery, but bridge is out on that road prohibiting access to Hill-Smith Cemetery from that way. About .8 miles from the fork is another fork. Bear left at this point (right fork goes to Seiper Creek and is called Blackland Road).
This section of Dough Hills Road was originally the old Stagecoach road from Alexandria to Leesville. From the fork, go 2.6 miles to the next fork and keep straight for about .3 miles (left fork goes to Odom Creek). Turn left at "Cemetery Road" sign. If sign is missing, the road bears off like a "Y" (not a right angle). Go about .5 mile on this road and park. Deep ruts prevent anything except 4-wheel drive traffic, therefore, you must walk from this point. At the next "Y" turn left about 150 yards. Cemetery is at the end of this fork and has a good hurricane fence around it. The area is about 50 feet across the front by 100 feet. There appears to have been six rows in this cemetery, but only six graves are marked. The others were identified by family members.
The total distance from LA Hwy. 8 is about eight miles with all the various turns actually going around the creeks as there are no bridges. Permission to enter and access to roads must be obtained from the T. L. James work station, or the president of the hunting club which leases the land. There are at least three locked gates from the highway. CAUTION: Never travel this road after a rain, or with impending rain as the road gets "dough-y" (hence the name) and is impassable.
GPS Coordinates: 31.3586, -92.8058
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #67782
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