Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton

#20 of 35 in Nature in Louisiana
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.

Overnight visitors will find accommodations from tent camping to RV camping to cabins overlooking the bluffs. For larger groups and family reunions, the park offers a group camp and a conference room.

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 have been built, so that visitors can admire the sandstone creations from afar, as the formations are too delicate to allow visitors to walk amongst them.

Fourteen miles of equestrian trails wind through some of the most interesting topography of southern Louisiana, with the trail head located near Fricke's Cave. 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. Plan to visit Bogue Chitto State Park and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Franklinton attractions using our Franklinton visit app .
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  • A newer state park. Some quiet private wooded RV or tent sites in the Bottomland (BL) campground. Gravel road BL. This area can flood so check their Fb page before leaving. Bugs weren’t bad and we...  more »
  • I visited this park and was well pleased. There are cabins for rent and two separate areas to camp with a good many sites. There is a 5 mile hiking trail through the park, lots of small lakes to fish....  more »
  • Love this park, but if you're camping you definitely want to be aware of the differences between the upper and lower campsites. Personally I think that the lower campground has much nicer sites. Some, like those on the little creek are excellent. No sewage hook up, so you will have to use the dump station when you leave. The upland sites do have sewage hook ups but instead of the roomy, for the most part shaded (there's a few spots that have no shade though especially around the gravel pits, so scout it beforehand if possible. I think it's a dollar to get in for the day and find the spot you like), more secluded spots, the uplands are set up more like a parking lot. It's also all paved, while the frequent floods prevent the bottom from being paved. Either way it's great place to spend a weekend and the Halloween weekend trick or treat is a good time if you have the opportunity to go. Most importantly it's a great community resource and we're lucky to have it here so visit and let them collect a few dollars if you're able.
  • The park was very clean. My 3 grandchildren loved the bike trails and the fishing ponds after they got some live worms and crickets. Just wished it could have been a little cooler, but that's Louisiana for you. Got a trip booked for September in the same camp site, plus our daughter has a cabin booked. Hopefully it will be cooler and we will be able to use the fire pit.

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