The park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in South Central Louisiana. The cool, clear waters of Lake Chicot have yielded record freshwater catches of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish. Fishermen will enjoy the convenient boathouse, three boat launches and boat rental facilities. An extensive hiking/backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and includes several primitive campsites along the way. The hiking trail allows the visitor to experience and enjoy the park's natural landscape, its bottomland hardwood forest and the lake itself. For visitors who enjoy a quicker pace, much of the trail is geared toward mountain bikers, and all cyclists are welcome to ride the roadways throughout the park. The South Landing includes cabins, a group camp, a lodge, picnic areas and playgrounds, a swimming pool, a boat launch, a fishing pier and a dock with rental boats. A scenic road links the South Landing with the North Landing. The North Landing features campsites, a playground, a boat launch, a dock, a 400 ft. fishing pier and a primitive group-camping area. The Conservation Lodge is located in this area. The East Landing is accessible from LA 106. It is less developed than the other two areas. It includes a boat launch, a dock, a meeting room and a barbeque pavilion, which makes this area ideal for day visitors.

Great workout!

Easy but hot!

Easy hike with kids. Wish I could bring the dog!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice day with leaves falling, Plenty mosquitoes

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained and marked trail system with great wildlife viewing opportunities. Mosquitos are thick so prepare accordingly!

hiking
6 months ago

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

hiking
6 months ago

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

hiking
6 months ago

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

Was a neat trail. Very humid! Seen a few hogs, two snakes, a lot of frogs, and insects!!

hiking
9 months ago

Really easy hike around several different short trails. Lots of wildlife that's pretty used to people so you get great photos. Make sure to bring bug spray.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice trail. Most of it was closed due to the recent storms in the area but the part we could do was great. Definitely coming back when the whole trail is open. Plenty of wildlife including many alligators.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Three of us hiked from the east trailhead south to camp site #6 then back, about 8 miles. The trail was well marked and easy to hike. The system is labeled as "moderate" but for us this section was very easy. Not much for elevation changes, all I hiked was fairly level. It was winter for Louisiana and most of the foliage was gone, few bugs and few fellow hikers. We did see a sounder of very large wild boars and they weren't too happy to see us. The east section doesn't offer too much scenery but we hear the scenery on the west side is worth the trip. This was just a visit to decide if we liked it enough to hike/camp the whole loop, I think we'll be back.
I'll mention again the wild boars, many think boars = pigs, don't make that mistake because a boar can kill you and will try if it feels threatened enough.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Well marked trails with great scenery. This was our first day hike as a family with nine-year-old and 12-year-old boys. Even though it was a short 4 mile hike with a lunch break at campsite 2, we had a great time and the boys loved it. We're planning another trip in a couple of weeks to check out more of the trails, and we're looking forward to an overnighter soon.

backpacking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great trip. We did the loop backwards over thanksgiving. Nice and cold nights and cool days! Staying at campsite 6 the first night, then 5, and finally 2 to wrap up a 3 nighter.

The lake was drained while we were there but Water is available at the RV campgrounds and the southern trail head.

Bonus... The northern RV camp ground has great showers for a clean ride home.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Nice trail for Louisiana. Good for mountain biking and trail running.

Best in fall because it is oppressively hot in May thru September

Deer flies bite and they hurt. Bring Deep Woods Off

Sunday, August 07, 2016

June 2016: Great hike with my daughter and granddaughter, but will be so much better in the fall and winter!!

backpacking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

This is a great trail for hiking and backpacking! My girlfriend and I got to the park and checked in at the office. The lady in the office was helpful and helped us choose the primitive site that would best suit our backpacking plan. We ended up choosing Campsite 4 and headed to the Walker Branch Trailhead. The trail was slick at some spots from it raining earlier that day but that was expected. It took around 45 minutes to hike to Campsite 4 with a few breaks. The trail was well marked and maintained with signs to each campsite. The campsite itself was clean with a fire pit and grill. The next day we hiked back to the car and drove to the office to rent a canoe for the day. A different lady this time gave us paddles and life jackets and told us how to get to the boat launch where we could get the canoe itself. We ended up canoeing all the way to our campsite along a well marked canoe path often close to the bank, through and under hundreds of beautiful cypress trees. When we arrived at the campsite we packed up, paddled back to the car, returned the canoe and we were on our way. Seeing all of the wildlife was perhaps the best part of the trip. We saw a rabbit, an alligator, a deer, a few turtles, tons of frogs, egrets, a hawk, two armadillos and even a hog. All in all this park was great and we will be returning!!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Awesome Louisiana trail, you really get to see a lot of Louisiana's beauty on this trail; from the Cypress trees nestled in the marsh to the birds and wild life it's just great. The last time I went I saw an owl, three snakes (small non venomous), and plenty of squirrels. In pass I've seen deer, armadillos, and possums. Chico Lake is large and you can rent kayaks and canoes. The cabins are quite nice also.

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