Louisiana’s newest state park now open

After several weather-related delays, Bogue Chitto State Park, located outside of Franklinton, is now open.

Bogue Chitto State Park is host to four upland cabins and a lodge overlooking a 90-foot bluff, 81 premium RV camping sites with water and electrical hookups, and a group camp for overnight visitors.

The park also provides a visitor center, conference room, and picnic pavilions for guests to enjoy.

Daytime and overnight guests have access to all these amenities along with a canoe launch into the Bogue Chitto River, fishing piers, an amphitheater, a water playground, 14 miles of equestrian trails, and over 7 miles of nature trails.

At Bogue Chitto State Park, visitors will experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. The 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, upland forests, and a rolling landscape.

Fishing pier at Bogue Chitto State Park Photo courtesy Times-Picayune

Equestrian trails wind through some of the most interesting topography of southern Louisiana, with the trailhead located near Frickes Cave.

Frickes Cave, which—despite its name—resembles more of a gorge, possesses delicate sandstone spires created when water erodes the surface underneath pebbles. The pebbles remain perched atop the spires, while over time water splashes on the sandstone surface, forming the two-foot tall fingers of sandstone that shoot up from the now-lowered surface.

Boardwalks enable visitors to admire the sandstone creations from afar, as the formations are too delicate to allow visitors to walk amongst them.

One of the river overlooks, part of the boardwalk system that winds through the park, while under construction Photo courtesy Louisiana State Parks

A day trip to Bogue Chitto State Park will be a full one, with a river perfect for canoeing or kayaking, 11 lakes stocked with a variety of freshwater fish, a water playground, numerous picnic pavilions, and an outdoor classroom.

Planning your trip

Phone: (985) 839-5707 or (888) 677-7312 toll free

Location: Off LA Highway 25 in Washington Parish, approximately 8 miles south of Franklinton

Directions: From I-12, take US 190 north to Highway 25; travel approximately 20 miles, then turn right onto State Park Boulevard; entrance to the park is 1 mile on the left

GPS Coordinates: N 30.767527983, W -90.1573070

Hours of Operation: Gates open 7 a.m.-9 p.m.

Entrance fees: $1 per person; seniors (62 and older) and children age 3 and under free

Reservations for overnight facilities: ReserveAmerica.com; (877) 226-7652

Camping fee: October-March $18/night; April-September $26/night

Holders of America the Beautiful passes (available through the National Park Service) whose state of residence also honors this pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks

Additional Information:

For map of state park, click here

For map of Bottomland RV camping area (sites 101-135 located on water), click here

For map of Upland RV camping area (sites 1-46 with sewer hookups), click here

Worth Pondering…

I dream of southern skies.

Cajun cookin’.

—Lisa Paradis

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