• 2-bedroom cabins at Bogue Chitto SP

    The cabins offer a bit of comfort, for those not keen on ‘roughing it’

  • Part of the trail system of the park

    The hilly terrain of the park makes for great hiking

  • Tubing on the river

    Spend a lazy day tubing down the Bogue Chitto River

  • Enjoying the camping life

    The park offers bottomland camping near the river, along with upland camping

  • A peaceful spot for relaxing

    A great place to spend a relaxing day…or weekend…

17049 State Park Blvd.
Franklinton, LA 70438

30.767527983, -90.1573070

Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 8 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 8 a.m.
  • close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees
  • $3 per person
  • Free for seniors (62 & older)
  • Free for children (3 & under)



Online Reservations

Bogue Chittp State Park sign

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.↓ show more

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.

Fricke's 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 among 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. ↑ show less

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program promotes outdoor recreation, ranging from land acquisition to development of park facilities.
This Louisiana State Park site has received assistance from the LWCF.

Upcoming Events

In the interest of the safety of our guests and staff, please call the park or historic site directly to inquire if programs scheduled through May 15 are still ongoing.

Reservable Facilities
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.

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, towels and linens. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)

Deluxe Cabins
$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
4 available; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 queen bed, 2 bunk beds and a sofa sleeper
Deluxe Lodge
$175/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$225/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
1 available, ADA compliant; sleeps up to 14 people with 2 queen beds, 4 bunk beds and a sofa sleeper
Group Camp
$300/night plus taxOne dormitory with a full kitchen, sleeps up to 52 people
Pavilions$50/day3 available; Maximum Occupancy of 50 people, each.
*Units are equipped with grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room
$220/day plus taxCapacity is 150 people for both Conference and Theatre set-ups

Additional Information About Overnight Facilities

A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
81 Premium Campsites (prime locations and pull through, all with water and electrical hookup); sites 101-135 are located on water, while sites 1-46 have sewer hookups.
(map of upland sites, 001-046)  (map of bottomland sites, 101-135)
$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).

Additional Fees

Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property - $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available. Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.


Mountain Biking Trails at Bogue Chitto State Park
  • 4-mile singletrack mountain bike trail; click on below thumbnail for trail map
Link to Mountain Bike Trail Map Bogue Chitto Bike Trail Video Thumbnail

Find out more about efforts to continue development of the trails, by visiting the Northshore Off-Road Biking Association (NORBA) website or following them on Facebook.


Trails at Bogue Chitto State Park

  • 7-mile nature trail
  • 14-mile equestrian trail:
    • Equestrian trails at State Parks sites are open to riders and their own horses. There is a $3/horse per day trail fee, in addition to the day-use entrance of $3 per person. Certification of a clean Coggins test is required for all horses brought on State Park property. It is recommended that you call ahead for the status of the trail.

Disc Golf:

Bogue Chitto SP offers disc golf; the course is located near the group camp. Click HERE for a full-size map.
On-Site Activities:

Water Playground - Louisiana State Parks' water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.


A Birder's Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.

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