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Bogue Chitto State Park, Franklinton

#21 of 36 in Nature in Louisiana
Must see · State Park · Wildlife Area
Bogue Chitto State Park (pronounced bo-guh chit-uh) is a recent addition to the Louisiana State Park system. It opened to the public on August 28, 2010, after a delay of approximately three months.
The state park is located off Louisiana State Highway 25 south of Franklinton, in Washington Parish. The name Bogue Chitto is from the Choctaw language, bok chito, meaning big creek.
Bogue Chitto State Park has a visitors center, a conference room, picnic pavilions, and a lodge overlooking a 90-foot (27 m) bluff. Guests may stay at one of four upland cabins or park among the 81 recreational-vehicle (RV) sites. A group camp may be reserved for overnight visitors, as well. There is a canoe launch into the Bogue Chitto River, fishing piers, an amphitheater, and a water playground. The site contains eleven lakes stocked with freshwater fish. There are more than 7 miles (11 km) of nature trails and 14 miles (23 km) of equestrian trails. Bogue Chitto is also home to a beautiful, moderately difficult 18 hole disc golf course, winding through hilly wooded terrain.

The state park is 1,786 acres (7.23 km2) in size. Notable physical features are small streams, cypress-tupelo swamps, and both upland and bottomland hardwood forests. Of particular interest is a gorge known as Fricke's Cave, which contains delicate sandstone formations.

The park's address is 17049 State Park Boulevard, Franklinton, Louisiana.

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  • We took our camper trailer up to the state park this past weekend and had a great time. The upland campground was our spot and each location has a wood deck with a picnic table and fire ring (yes you....  more »
  • This is one of the best State Parks I have stay at and a great place to take kid's to they have plenty of thing for them to do  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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