Bogue Chitto State Park
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 trailhead 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.
Cabins/Lodges/Group Camp: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, paper products, bathroom tissue, towels and linens. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)
Water Playground - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, from April 1 through September 30. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.
Trails at Bogue Chitto State Park:
Rocky Bottom Tubing and Canoeing -- Canoe, Kayak and Tube rentals at the park, offered 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, beginning April 1. Rental includes life vests, paddles and shuttle service.
Fort Pike State Historic Site (adjacent to Old Spanish Trail/US 90, approximately 23 miles east of downtown New Orleans) - This historic masonry fort was completed in 1827 to defend New Orleans. Stroll through arched casemates and stand overlooking the Rigolets as sentries once did, enjoy living history programs, visit the museum or picnic at the pavilion.
Fairview Riverside State Park (12 miles east of Madisonville on LA Hwy. 22) - Nestled among magnificent live oaks on the edge of the cool clear waters of the Tchefuncte River, this park features 81 improved campsites, excellent fishing, canoeing, and picnicking. A nearby boat ramp offers access to the park and Lake Pontchartrain.
Fontainebleau State Park (South of I-12 and southeast of Mandeville on US 190) - Located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, the park offers 130 improved campsites, 180 unimproved campsites, nature trails, three group camps, a lodge, a swimming pool and beach, a playground and the ruins of a plantation brickyard and sugar mill situated among an alley of towering oaks.
Washington Parish Free Fair (Washington Parish Fairgrounds, Franklinton) - The second oldest Parish Fair in Louisiana, and believed to be the largest county/parish free fair in the USA, occurs annually during the month of October. The Mile Branch Historical Settlement is located on the Washington Parish Fairgrounds, highlights the Scotch-Irish settlers of the Florida parishes. Visitors will see 19th-century living history activities ranging from sheep shearing to soap making to hymn singing, many of which are performed with original period equipment.
Folsom Farmers Market (82341 Railroad Ave. one block west of La. 25) Held every third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Open March to November. Fresh seasonal produce from local vendors, yard eggs, handcrafted items, music, interesting speakers and demonstrations.
D.A. Varnado Store Museum(936 Pearl St., Franklinton) - The hub of business and activity of Franklinton and Washington Parish at the beginning of the 20th century. The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Museums at Cassidy Park (600 block of Willis Ave, Bogalusa) - The Museum of Indian Culture and the Pioneer Museum are devoted to telling the story of Bogalusa from the earliest settlement of the Choctaw Indians to those who founded the largest sawmill in the world in the 1920s.
Global Wildlife Center (Folsom) Enjoy a 1-1/2 hour guided Safari Wagon tour of over 900 acres of beautiful Louisiana countryside, that is home to many animals usually seen on the continent of Africa!
Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery (Covington) A guided tour gives you a first-hand account of the Louisiana Alligator Industry, in the climate controlled environment that's home to more than 2,000 gators.
Bogue Chitto Tubing & Canoe (10237 S. Choctaw Rd., Bogalusa) - Offers canoeing and tubing trips down the Bogue Chitto River.
Wayne’s World Canoeing and Tubing (51439 Camp Circle, Franklinton) - Offers canoeing, kayaking and tubing trips down the Bogue Chitto River.
Sunflower Farm and Ranch (84080 Pierre Cemetary Road, Folsom) - Horse trails and pastures, for riders of all experience levels.