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Bogue Chitto State Park
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17049 State Park Blvd.
Franklinton, Louisiana   70438
Bogue Chitto State Park is a recent addition to the Louisiana State Park system. It opened to the public on August 28, 2010, after a delay of approximately three months.

The state park is located off Louisiana State Highway 25 south of Franklinton, in Washington Parish. The name Bogue Chitto is from the Choctaw language, bok chito, meaning big creek.

Bogue Chitto State Park has a visitors center, a conference room, picnic pavilions, and a lodge overlooking a 90-foot bluff. Guests may stay at one of four upland cabins or park among the 81 recreational-vehicle sites. A group camp may be reserved for overnight visitors, as well. There is a canoe launch into the Bogue Chitto River, fishing piers, an amphitheater, and a water playground. The site contains eleven lakes stocked with freshwater fish. There are more than 7 miles of nature trails and 14 miles of equestrian trails. Bogue Chitto is also home to a beautiful, moderately difficult 9 hole disc golf course, winding through hilly wooded terrain.

The state park is 1,786 acres in size. Notable physical features are small streams, cypress-tupelo swamps, and both upland and bottomland hardwood forests. Of particular interest is a gorge known as Fricke's Cave, which contains delicate sandstone formations.

The park's address is 17049 State Park Boulevard, Franklinton, Louisiana.

1. Bogue Chitto State Park offers a sandy beach area for swimming in the river.
2. The park's water playground is another option, ideal for families with children.
3. Tubing down the Bogue Chitto River provides both leisure and swim opportunities during summer months.
4. Life jackets are recommended while swimming or tubing due to currents and depth variations in some areas of the river.
5. Swimming isn't supervised by lifeguards; visitors should exercise caution when entering any body of water within this state park.

The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. There is an 8-mile canoe trail that winds through the hardwood forest, providing opportunities to see wildlife and enjoy the natural beauty of the area. Canoe rentals are available on-site or guests can bring their own boats. Additionally, there's access to Bogue Chitto River where you can go tubing or kayaking as well.
Anglers can enjoy river and lake fishing, targeting species like largemouth bass, catfish, bluegill and sunfish. Canoe rentals are available for water access.

Bogue Chitto State Park is located near Bogalusa, Covington and Franklinton
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Bogue Chitto State Park offers numerous picnic spots with tables and grills, surrounded by scenic views of the park's nature.
The park offers multiple biking trails, varying in difficulty from easy to moderate. Helmets are highly recommended for safety.

Several miles of multi-use paths provide a scenic ride through diverse landscapes including forests and wetlands.

Mountain bikers should be aware that some routes can become challenging with steep inclines or rough terrain areas.

Ensure your bike is well-maintained before embarking on the longer trail loops as there's limited assistance available within the park boundaries.

Biking after dark isn't permitted due to potential hazards; plan accordingly so you finish your journey before sunset.

Always respect wildlife by keeping distance and not disturbing their habitats while cycling around this natural haven.

Remember: carry enough water, wear appropriate clothing, apply sunscreen generously - heatstroke risk increases during summer months here!

Cyclists must yield right-of-way when encountering hikers or horseback riders along shared pathways - it's crucial everyone enjoys safely!
The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 200 species spotted, including migratory and resident birds. Birdwatchers can explore various habitats such as hardwood forests, cypress-tupelo swamps, and rolling hills. The Gorge Run Trail is a popular spot for viewing songbirds like warblers or vireos. Raptors are often seen soaring above the river corridor while waterfowl frequent the ponds during winter months.

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