Off the beaten path in Louisiana lies a hidden gem, Bogue Chitto State Park. This state park is family-friendly and features several lakes, a splash park with a water slide, a beach, hiking trails, and equestrian trails. Tent, cabin, and RV camping sites overlooking the bluffs are available. Some RV sites are right on the lake. Park in one of these choice spots and you can catch and cook your catfish without leaving your RV site!
Many think of Louisiana’s landscape as flat and below sea-level, however, the 1,786-acre park features a rolling landscape at an elevation of 204 feet above sea-level. The scenery includes cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, and many small streams. There are also many secluded areas of the park where the only noise you will hear is the sounds of nature.
Be sure to visit Fricke’s Cave located in the park. This cave is more like a gorge and contains delicate sandstone spires with pebbles rested on top. Water erosion under the pebbles creates this unique effect. Due to their fragile nature, boardwalks have been built so visitors can admire them without causing any harm.
Of course, in order to enjoy the peace and tranquility, you may have to deal with a few inconveniences along the way. Always be on the lookout for snakes, watch for alligators in and around water areas, and bring plenty of mosquito repellent. However, no matter what time of year you visit Bogue Chitto State Park is a perfect place for an RV vacation.
RV Rentals in Bogue Chitto State Park
Transportation in Bogue Chitto State Park
Bogue Chitto State Park is in eastern Louisiana about eight miles south of Franklinton. Look out your RV window while you are traveling through and you can begin to take in the area’s natural beauty on the way to your destination. Wildlife abounds and you may see deer, turkey, and smaller woodland creatures on your trip.
From I-12, you will take US 190 north to Hwy 25. Travel approximately 20 miles then make a right-turn onto State Park Blvd. The park entrance is about one more mile down the road on the left side.
Those interested in a good game of disc golf should continue another couple of miles on Hwy 25 and turn right onto Fisher Road. From there, take an immediate left onto Bogue Chitto Drive and follow the park signs. Once you arrive at the park, turn right and drive about one more mile. Turn right onto Bullock road and follow the signs to “Meeting Room.”
You may travel within the park on any of the five hiking and biking trails. Horses are also available to rent, and the park has 14 miles of equestrian trails for your riding pleasure. Always call ahead to check on times and availability.
Campgrounds and parking in Bogue Chitto State Park
Campsites in Bogue Chitto State Park
Bogue Chitto State Park Campground
The campground at Bogue Chitto State Park features 5 Upland cabins overlooking a 90-foot bluff, RV, and rustic camping sites. It accepts big rigs and has pull-thru sites too. There’s a conference center, group camp, picnic pavilions, canoe launch, amphitheater, playground, over six miles of hiking trails, and 14 miles of equestrian trails. You'll also enjoy the Bogue Chitto River, an interpretive area, fishing lakes, and a water playground, and a beach. The campground is pet-friendly so you can bring Rover along too!
The campground includes 81 premium campsites and 4 cabins. Every campsite has electric (30/50 amp) and water hookups, a picnic table, fire pit, and grill. Sewer hookups are also available at 45 of the sites. Some campsites provide amazing waterfront views. There are also two primitive and two group campsites. Drinking water, flush toilets, showers, firewood for sale, and a dump station are available at the campground. RV campsites are divided among the Upland and Bottomland RV sites. Reservations can be made 13 months in advance.
There are no first-come, first-served camping options at this state park.
Seasonal activities in Bogue Chitto State Park
Canoeing, Kayaking, and Tubing
The Bogue Chitto River is an excellent place to canoe and kayak. Tubing is also a very popular water activity that involves getting an inflatable car or truck tire and sitting in the middle of it while you float down the river. Tow your cooler along so you can drink refreshing beverages on the trip. There’s a little building at the park where you can rent a canoe, kayak, or tube. Then your group can ride a bus up the river and take a leisurely trip back downstream.
With some RV sites located right on the water, fishing is always an option at Bogue Chitto State Park. Take your boat out on the lake or cast your line from the river bank. There are eleven lakes within the park that are stocked with a variety of freshwater fish including bass, perch, brim, catfish, and many others. Popular fishing bait includes worms, water-shiners, and crickets. Trees and logs in the middle of the river provide places for the fish to congregate and excellent spots for fly fishing.
Enjoying the Playground and Water Park
There are plenty of activities for the entire family to enjoy during an RV escape to Bogue Chitto State Park. There's a large playground for the kids that is home to three regular slides, bathrooms, a coke machine, and a snowball stand. Served in a paper cone, snowballs are made from shaved ice covered with flavored syrup and are a New Orleans favorite!
The Water Park provides fun for the entire family! There are six waterfalls, lots of water spouts that squirt water, and a 200-foot long water slide. A great place to cool off on those long, hot Louisiana-summer days.
There are five hiking trails at Bogue Chitto State Park. Four of the trails are each less than one mile long. The Gorge Run Trail is about five miles long and features a lake. This trail offers plenty of activity options and is accessible year-round. If you bring your dog, be sure to keep him on a short leash. Parts of the trail run through trees and forests and other areas have more bushes and sand. You are bound to see some wildlife along the way including turkey, deer, squirrels, and rabbits. So simply park your rig at the trail head when you are ready to hit the trail.
Bogue Chitto is home to a national wildlife refuge that provides a nesting, wintering, and breeding habitat for almost 200 species of birds. During the spring, many neotropical birds (birds that nest in North America but winter in the tropics) bring color and sound. Listen for the songs of Northern Parulas and Yellow-throated Warblers. Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites soar above during the spring and summer months. And the song of the Prothonotary Warbler, a larger warbler that nests in tree cavities in forested wetlands, is a sure sign of spring in east Louisiana.
Playing Disc Golf
Disc golf enthusiasts will not want to miss the challenge of a round while RV camping at Bogue Chitto State Park. The par-34 moderate-level course features nine holes averaging 500 feet from the pro tees. There are three par-5, one par-4, and five par-3 targets. The course winds through hilly terrain covered with pine trees that offer many obstacles to be avoided. You may want to wear long pants due to the brush on the fairways.