Bogue Chitto State Park (pronounced bo-guh chit-uh) 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 new state park is located off Louisiana State Highway 25 south of Franklinton, Louisiana in Washington Parish. The name Bogue Chitto is from the Choctaw language, bok chito, meaning big creek.
The park has a visitor's center, a conference room, picnic pavilions and a lodge overlooking a 90-foot (27 m) bluff. Guests may stay at one of four upland cabins or park among the 81 RV 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 11 lakes stocked with freshwater fish. There are more than 7 miles (11 km) of nature trails and 14 miles (23 km) of equestrian trails.
Bogue Chitto State Park is 1,786 acres (7.23 km2) in size. Notable physical features on the site 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 address is 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438 (985-839-5707 or 888-677-7312 toll free).
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