• The park's trails lead through the piney forests

    Enjoy a walk through the pine trees

  • Bayoufront cabins with boat dock

    Waterfront cabin with a deck for fishing from the bayou

  • Horseback riding is one of many activities visitors can enjoy

    Chemin-A-Haut offers trails for horseback riding

  • Canoeing among the ancient trees of Bayou Bartholomew

    Canoe along Bayou Bartholomew and see some of the ancient trees

  • Group camp for larger groups of overnight guests

    The group camp is a great venue for large family gatherings

14656 State Park Road
Bastrop, LA 71220-7078

32.907361, -91.8484978

Park Map:

Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.

Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday
  • open at 6 a.m.
  • close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays.
  • open at 6 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

Chemin-A-Haut State Park Sign

Chemin-A-Haut State Park is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew and is a natural paradise for lovers of unspoiled beauty. This acre site takes its name from the French word meaning "high road," which was the route used by Native Americans many years ago in their seasonal migrations. ↓ show more

Chemin-A-Haut State Park was designed with children in mind. Two playgrounds in the day-use area are a favorite spot of the younger patrons as is the wading pool in the swimming complex. Also, the park's swimming pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, so campers and picnickers can refresh themselves on hot summer days. In addition to RV and tent camping, overnight guests can also relax in cabins, some located convenient to the day-use area, while more-secluded units are located on the bayou.

The picnic area includes 35 family sites with grills and tables, five group sites (for up to 24 people), and three shelters. A hard-surfaced trail goes through the picnic area and along the high, scenic banks of Bayou Bartholomew. Rental boats afford visitors an even closer view.

Big Slough Lake, located near the edge of the park, offers an opportunity to fish from the shore. Several varieties of freshwater species can be found there. Take advantage of the beautiful seclusion of this ideal park site. ↑ show less

Chemin-A-Haut State Park on Facebook

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/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)

Standard Cabins
$85/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$95/night plus tax,  Fri-Sat
6 available; 1 is ADA compliant, sleeps up to 6 people with 2 double beds and 1 queen sofa sleeper
Deluxe Cabins
$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
8 available; 1 is ADA compliant; sleeps up to 6 people with 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds
Group Camp$240/nightSleeps up to 38 people
$70/day (Type 2)
2 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people, each.
1 available; Maximum Occupancy of 40 people.
*Units are equipped with electrical lighting and grills/fire rings.
Meeting Room$100/day plus taxCapacity is 100 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.

26 Premium Campsites (water, sewer, and electrical hookup)  (map of campsites)$33/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
$30/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$25/night plus tax , Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
Primitive camping area (maximum capacity of 20)$35/night plus tax
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.

State Park Operated Rentals

Boat Rentals
Available April 1 through September 30
Kayaks (single seat)$7 per hour or $35 per dayincludes paddle and life jacket
  • Additional life jackets can be rented for $2 each where available
  • Price varies with concessionaire rentals - please contact site to check availability and rates


  • From April 1 to October 1, you will only be able to catch and keep Bream, Red Ear and Blue Gill; all other fish must be released immediately.
  • Fishing will be allowable *only* from the banks; no fishing from boats is allowed. Kayaks and canoes will be allowed on the lake for recreational and sightseeing use only. No fishing from these water craft will be allowed.
  • All fishing in the lake shall be done using barbless hooks. Commercially available barbless hooks are preferred, but filed and mashed-down hooks are acceptable.
  • The shorelines around cabins 7 through 14 is off limits to day use guests and is reserved for cabin occupants only.
  • No cleaning of fish will be allowed on park grounds.


Trails at Chemin-A-Haut State Park
  • Bobcat Trail - 1.1 miles
  • Boy Scout Trail - 1/4 mile
  • Equestrian Trail - 8 miles
    • 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; overnight campsites can be rented for $22 to $28 per night, plus tax. 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. /li>

On-Site Activities:

Swimming Pool
  • Pools are open Memorial Day weekend to August 1 and closed Monday-Wednesday for maintenance, except for holiday Mondays. When pools are open on a holiday Monday, the pools will be closed for maintenance on the Tuesday-Thursday following the holiday Monday.
  • From August 1 through Labor Day, pools will be open on modified schedules. Please check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change.

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