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Tickfaw State Park, Springfield

#17 of 36 in Nature in Louisiana
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Tickfaw State Park, located 7 mi (11 km) west of Springfield, in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, opened in May 1999 and quickly became one of Louisiana's most popular state parks because of its natural setting, recreation opportunities, and proximity to the state's two largest metropolitan areas of New Orleans and Baton Rouge. The park contains a nature center, picnic shelters, a large fishing pond, 14 cabins, and 50 campsites.

Trails and more than 1 mi (1.6 km) of boardwalks allow visitors to explore four different ecosystems within the park: cypress-tupelo swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, mixed pine hardwood forest, and the Tickfaw River. Much of Tickfaw's 1,200 acres (490 ha) area lies within the Tickfaw River floodplain and is thus subject to periodic flooding. About 560 acres (230 ha) of the park west of the Tickfaw River remain undeveloped.

Tickfaw State Park is recognized as one of 110 sites on the Louisiana Natural Areas Registry for its outstanding natural characteristics. Its rich natural habitat provides a home for various birds, fish, reptiles and mammals including American alligators, nine-banded armadillos, North American beavers, white-tailed deer, foxes, Virginia opossums, rabbits, raccoons, and squirrels. Carolina anoles and skinks are frequently seen along the boardwalks.

Canoeing is a popular pastime at Tickfaw State Park. Canoes are available for rent, or paddlers may bring their own. During warm months, an on-premises water playground allows guests to cool off.

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  • Took my dog Harry for a few days at the end of January, and we really enjoyed all that this park has to offer. We had the tent area all to ourselves until Friday afternoon, when it filled up with...  more »
  • This is a very beautiful park. Has many trails to hike. Picnic areas, camping, playgrounds, RV sites, cabin rentals, etc.  more »
  • The people who run this place were so friendly and accommodating! We only stayed the one night and were gone by morning but just that friendliness and helpfulness alone makes me feel like returning some day to really enjoy the park. If you visit, please got visit the Grandma Tree there. It's an ancient tree and worth checking out! Thanks for being a state park Louisiana can be proud of and please keep up the southern hospitality! ❤️
  • I really like the park because of the close proximity to my home! I now have kids that are 13 and 8. The 13 year old is not interested in the water park but I still have a few more years with the 8 year old! Always nice and clean!

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