Louisiana April 08, 2018
7 Lesser-Known State Parks In Louisiana That Will Absolutely Amaze You
State Parks are a great way to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. You can stay in cabins, bring your RV, or rough it out in a tent, but no matter how you choose to enjoy your camping adventure, make sure you make it a point to stay at one of these amazing Louisiana State Parks.
1. Chemin-A-Haut State Park
This 503-acre state park over in Morehouse Parish is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew and is perfect for anyone looking to immerse themselves in nature for a day or two. Designed with children in mind, the park features two playgrounds, a wading pool, and a swimming pool.
Address: 14656 State Park Rd., Bastrop, LA 71220.
2. Cypremort Point State Park
Cypremort Point State Park sits on 185 acres right on the Vermilion Bay. A fisherman’s paradise, fishermen can choose to fish on the Bay or head out to the Gulf. There’s a man-made beach that’s great for sinking your toes in, and this park has some of the most stunning sunsets you’ll ever see.
Address: 306 Beach Lane, Cypremort Point, LA 70538.
3. Fairview-Riverside State Park
Tucked away on the shores of the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, this tiny but mighty state park sits on 98 acres. You can tour the historic Otis House Museum, built in 1885, and then stroll down the nature trail that offers lovely views of the river.
Address: 119 Fairview Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447.
4. Palmetto Island State Park
One of the newer additions to Louisiana State Parks, Palmetto Island State Park was established in 2010 in Vermilion Parish. There’s a boat launch for those looking to get out onto the Vermilion River, while interior lagoons are perfect for canoers and kayakers to explore.
Address: 19501 Pleasant Road, Abbeville, LA 70510.
5. Tickfaw State Park
One unique feature of the Tickfaw State Park is that it contains four distinct ecosystems: a bottomland hardwood forest, a cypress/tupelo swamp, a mixed pine/hardwood forest, and the Tickfaw River. There are multiple hiking trails to explore, as well as a water playground that’s always a big hit with the kids.
Address: 27225 Patterson Road, Springfield, LA 70462.
6. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
This 2,700-acre man-made lake that this state park centers around offers wonderful fishing opportunities and is a popular place for water sports. Visitors can make a weekend out of it and stay in their spacious cabins, and spend their days exploring the nature trail and enjoying the water playground. While you’re in the area, be sure to check out Poverty Point to learn more about the first inhabitants of the area, thousands of years ago.
Address: 1500 Poverty Point Pkwy., Delhi, LA 71232.
7. Jimmie Davis State Park
Self-titled "the most beautiful state park in Louisiana", Jimmie Davis State Park sits on 294 acres on the northern shore of Caney Creek Lake, a massive 5,000-acre reservoir. Certainly, fishing is a popular past time, as well as waterskiing and other water sports. Visitors also enjoy biking through the rolling hills of the nature trails, and kids always enjoy the playground and the beach area.
Address: 1209 State Park Rd., Chatham, LA 71226.
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