Bogue Chitto State Park
Wade into the waters of south Louisiana’s hill country.
Say “Bogue Chitto” to those in the know, and you’re likely to hear recommendations of where to go tubing. The slow moving river is perfect for a day of floating with the family, coursing through unexpected canyons past pebble-strewn natural beaches. Many children and adults from nearby Folsom and Franklinton grew up spending summers on the river. Today, you can get a taste of the country life as well, with plenty of outdoor adventures to find at Bogue Chitto State Park.
Highlights include horseback riding through the cypress and tupelo swamps (dedicated horse trails exist throughout the park) and four miles of mountain biking trails. Freshwater fishing is just one way to have fun on the water; a water playground and –during the summer – kayak, tube and canoe rentals are available.
Overnight visitors are in for a treat. Because of Bogue Chitto State Park’s remote location on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, stargazing is spectacular. Fully appointed deluxe cabins (sleeping up to eight people) deluxe lodges (sleeping up to 14) and group camps (sleeping up to 52) make this park well-suited for family reunions and group getaways. Intrepid travelers will find dozens of campsites, and RV campers have their pick of parking spots. Water and electrical hookups are available.
In Franklinton, pick heaps of fresh blueberries at 3D Blueberry Farm. In Folsom, see thousands of exotic animals at Global Wildlife Center. And in Abita Springs, check out the Abita Mystery House, a quirky roadside attraction.
fee: $3 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger.