Bogue Chitto State Park RV & Campground Guide


Bogue Chitto State Park in Louisiana offers a variety of terrain to admire, including cypress-tupelo swamps, upland forests and a hardwood forest. In addition to a glamping area, the state park has cabins atop bluffs that visitors can stay at. There is a large group campsite and a conference room if you have a large group or you're hosting an event during your visit. Nearby cities: • Franklinton, LA • Hammond, LA • Covington, LA • Baton Rouge, LA

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Spring 47–85 F
Summer 67–93 F
Fall 45–88 F
Winter 37–64 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Bogue Chitto State Park

Bogue Chitto State Park Upland Campground Water hookup: Yes Electrical hookup: Yes Sewer hookup: Yes Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Max RV length: 92 feet Other amenities: Picnic tables, fire rings, restrooms, showers Bogue Chitto State Park Bottomland Campground Water hookup: Yes Electrical hookup: Yes Sewer hookup: Yes Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Max RV length: 92 feet Other amenities: Picnic tables, campfire grills, restrooms, showers Bogue Chitto State Park Equestrian Campground Water hookup: Yes Electrical hookup: Yes Sewer hookup: Yes Wi-Fi: No Pet-friendly: Yes Max RV length: 55 feet Other amenities: Picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and water trough

Bogue Chitto State Park Campground

Stay in any of the park’s 80 RV campsites for serene views of tall oak trees and close proximity to the glistening lakefront, plus full hookups. Relax by the lake, fish from the shoreline, or gaze at millions of stars sparkling in the night sky. Rates are $25-33 per night (plus $6 fee).

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wifi: No

  • Pet friendly: Yes 

  • Other amenities: Hiking, biking, horseback riding, disc golf, playground, tubing, swimming, kayaking, nature programs, equipment rentals, dumping station

Land-O-Pines Family Campground

On the Simalusa River 20 minutes from the park, this full-service campground has 42 RV sites with full hookups and amenities galore. Kids will have fun playing mini golf and swimming in the pool, while adults will enjoy a round of horseshoes and unwinding by the river. Rates are $46-55 per night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: Yes

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wifi: Yes

  • Pet friendly: Yes 

  • Other amenities: Bathhouse, laundromat, free cable, swimming pools, mini golf, yard games, sports courts, equipment rentals, country store, dumping station

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What to Do at
Bogue Chitto State Park

With a river, 11 lakes and over 1,700 acres, there is a lot to do at Bogue Chitto State Park. Popular activities include fishing, boating and hiking. The park has horses that you can ride if you don't have your own. Guided horseback tours that you can choose from include one-hour, two-hour, half-day and private tours. Kayak, canoe and tube rentals are also available at the park.

Inside Bogue Chitto State Park

At Bogue Chitto State Park, visitors will find plenty of activities to keep them busy all year, whether floating down the river in an inner tube or strolling around the sandstone formations of Fricke’s Cave. Bird lovers will enjoy watching the many birds throughout the park including the brazen prothonotary warbler and majestic swallow-tailed kite. During the summer, the park hosts many educational and nature programming, including astronomy night and ranger-led hikes. There’s also a 9-hole disc golf course if anyone is up for a challenge! 

Here are more details on the park’s most popular activities:

Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding - Lace up your boots or grab your bike and explore the miles of trails that weave through the park, including the popular 4.8-mile Gorge Run Trail where you might even glimpse turkeys, rabbits and other wildlife. There are also 14 miles equestrian trails for riders with their own horses. 

Water Sports - Enjoy the Bogue Chitto River by tubing down the river or launching a canoe or kayak into its waters. If you don’t have equipment, there are rentals on-site. Kids and adults alike will have endless fun at the park’s water playground, which has a 200-ft long water slide and six waterfalls. The park’s 11 lakes are well-stocked with fish like catfish, bass, and perch, making them perfect for an afternoon of fishing from the pier or by the shore.

Fishing Fishing

You can fish from the lakes, the Bogue Chitto River and Bonner Creek at Bogue Chitto State Park. Spotted bass, catfish, gar and crappie are popular catches at the park.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

Alligators, turkeys and deer are some of the common wildlife sightings at Bogue Chitto State Park. You may also see gopher tortoises, otters, wild hogs, coyotes, gazelles and foxes. Early mornings around trails, campground areas and the lakes provide the best birdwatching opportunities. Species you might see include red-headed woodpeckers, prairie warblers, eastern bluebirds and mourning doves.

Stargazing Stargazing

You'll find good stargazing spots at dark areas by the water. Bogue Chitto State Park has some of the best stargazing in Louisiana.


The water-loving cypress and tupelo trees are the predominant flora in the swamp. Other plants to see at the state park include Spanish oaks, maples and black cherry trees.

Hiking Hiking

Fricke's Cave features sandstone spires with pebbles on top and two-foot-tall sandstone formations. You can walk on a boardwalk to admire the unique geological structures. They're too delicate for you to directly walk on them. Take the River Trail for a relaxing 2.2-mile hike through the woods to the river. Gorge Run Trail, a moderate 5.1-mile hike, ventures through the woodlands, hills and along a creek. The Discover Nature Interpretive Trail, a 0.3-mile loop trail, is off of Gorge Run Trail. In total, you have 21 miles of trails to explore in the park.


You can go tubing, kayaking and canoeing on the Bogue Chitto River. The park requires that you return to shore by 7 p.m. If you plan on renting a tube or other water flotation device, note that rentals close at 2 p.m.

Swimming Swimming

You're allowed to go swimming in the river during daytime hours. There are white sandy beach areas along the Bogue Chitto River that you can relax at when you're not swimming. You can also have water fun at the on-site 200-foot water park. It features water slides, water spouts, wooden waterfalls and other playground equipment.


Ride your mountain bike on Zephyr Trail for a fun spiraling adventure through the woods, over hills and along the creek. Bird Dog Trail is another popular mountain biking route. It's 1.4 miles and rated an intermediate difficulty level.

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How to Get to
Bogue Chitto State Park

Bogue Chitto State Park is located at 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438. From Franklinton, head southwest on LA-10 W/Washington Street toward Mott Street. Continue onto LA-16 W/LA-25 S. When you reach Fisher Road, make a left turn. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto C C Road and left again onto Par Road 99. Continue onto Bogue Chitto Drive/Thomas Road. Turn left onto State Park Boulevard and after 0.1 miles, you'll see the state park on the left-hand side.

Entering Bogue Chitto State Park

Day Pass per person : $3.0

Annual State Park Pass : $80.0

Frequently Asked Questions About Bogue Chitto State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Bogue Chitto State Park?

May through September is the best time to visit Bogue Chitto State Park when the weather is warm and the cool water feels refreshing. For extensive hiking, fall is an ideal season to visit because of the cooler temperatures.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Bogue Chitto State Park?

Alligators, otters and gopher tortoises are some of the wildlife that you may find at the state park. In the woods, you may see deer, gazelles, turkeys, foxes and a variety of birds.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Bogue Chitto State Park?

Yes, the state park offers RV camping spots that have full hookups available. Size restrictions depend on the specific campsite, so you should make reservations.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Bogue Chitto State Park and what is the cost?

You're not required to reserve a camping spot, but the park is popular, so you'll want to. The average nightly camping fee at Bogue Chitto State Park is $25–$33 plus tax per night. You'll need to pay an extra $4.50 to make a reservation.

Are pets allowed at Bogue Chitto State Park?

Pets are allowed at the state park if they are well-behaved and kept on a leash. However, certain areas of the park, such as cabins, buildings and the water, are closed to pets.