Since Louisiana has a fairly mild winter compared to other parts of the country, we are pretty lucky that we can camp just about all year round. Right now, temperatures are perfect for enjoying the great outdoors, and here are some of the most stunning state parks with campgrounds you’re sure to love. Just don’t forget the s’mores!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Lake Bistineau State Park
The possibilities are endless at this northern Louisiana state park. Situated on the beautiful Lake Bistineau, this delightful area offers something for everyone. From hiking and biking trails to incredible fishing opportunities, you’ll never run out of things to do here.
Address: 103 State Park Rd., Doyline, LA 71023
2. Bogue Chitto State Park
This 1,786-acre state park offers everything from tent camping to cabins overlooking the bluffs. The rolling landscape lends to some beautiful scenery along the nature trails and the park is also home to Fricke’s Cave, which is actually more of a gorge that’s caused by water erosion creating delicate sandstone spires. Bogue Chitto State Park also contains 14 miles of equestrian trails, in case you want to bring your gentle giant along for some outdoor adventure.
Address: 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438
3. Lake Claiborne State Park
Nestled against the beautiful Lake Claiborne, this northern Louisiana state park is a fisherman’s paradise. The 6,400-acre lake is stocked with bass, catfish, crappie, sunfish, perch, and much more just waiting for you to catch and cook up for supper. Not much of a fisherman? No problem, the park is also home to one of the best disc golf courses in the state!
Address: 225 State Park Rd., Homer, LA 71040
4. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
Head on down to Cajun Country to experience a whole new adventure in this 6,000-acre park in the Atchafalaya Basin. The many waterways surrounding the park offer great canoeing and kayaking opportunities, and the lakefront cabins offer views so spectacular you may never want to leave.
Address: 5400 Levee Rd., St. Martinville, LA 70582
5. Sam Houston Jones State Park
For animal enthusiasts, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a must. The 1,087-acre park contains abundant wildlife, including over 200 species of birds. Two boat launches offer access to the water and three hiking trails wind through the park and are perfect for a casual stroll.
Address: 107 Sutherland Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70611
6. Jimmie Davis State Park
From playgrounds to biking trails, the whole family will enjoy a weekend adventure at Jimmie Davis State Park. The cabins are tucked away underneath beautiful, towering pines that are perfect for those times you just need to spend a little time in nature.
Address: 1209 State Park Rd., Chatham, LA 71226
7. Poverty Point Reservoir State Park
For a relaxing getaway, there’s no better destination than Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. The 2,700-acre man-made lake is ideal for fishermen looking to reel in some largemouth bass or channel catfish. There is a nature trail that winds along an off-shoot of Bayou Macon, offering some beautiful scenery along the way. The area is a known bear habitat, so be sure to utilize their bear-proof containers and stay alert while you’re here.
Address: 1500 Poverty Point Parkway, Delhi, LA 71232
8. Tickfaw State Park
Some the most unique attractions of Tickfaw State Park are the different ecosystems you’ll encounter. Their boardwalk trails will lead you through a cypress/tupelo swamp, a mixed pine/hardwood forest, a bottomland hardwood forest, and the Tickfaw River. The cabins offer a peaceful oasis where you can just sit back and listen to the symphony of sounds from your porch; a perfect ending to a day spent exploring the natural landscape of the area.
Address: 27225 Patterson Rd., Springfield, LA 70462
9. North and South Toledo Bend State Park
The Toledo Bend Reservoir is one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the country. During the summer, it is popular for water sports and attracts fishermen from all over the country looking to try their luck. There are multiple trails between the two state parks, and South Toledo Bend is known for their bald eagle population, so keep your eyes peeled!
North Toledo Bend State Park is located at 2907 North Toledo Park Rd., Zwolle, LA 71486 and South Toledo Bend State Park is located at 120 Bald Eagle Rd., Anacoco, LA 71403.
Where’s your favorite place to camp in Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below! Don’t forget to share photos from your outdoor adventures on our
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