Surround yourself with the natural beauty of Lake Chicot and see native flowers and plants in the state arboretum at this central Louisiana State Park.
Chicot State Park is the largest of Louisiana’s 20 State Parks and is located in central Louisiana near the town of Ville Platte. Paddle a canoe or kayak along an 8-mile water trail that lets you quietly explore the beauty of this 2,000 acre lake. Lake Chicot is a favorite for fishermen wanting to catch largemouth bass and crappie.
Hike more than 20 miles of trails that take you around Lake Chicot. This state park features 15 deluxe cabins and 200 campsites. The park also has boat launches for easy lake access as well as fishing piers. And for campers and day visitors, Chicot has an extensive area for picnics and a splash pad for summertime fun. Birdwatchers will enjoy the abundance of songbirds and wading birds that frequent the forests and shoreline of the lake.
Enjoy native wildflowers at state arboretum
The Louisiana State Arboretum is also located within the park and features native flowers, plants and trees and a nature interpretive center. You can hike the arboretum’s 5 miles of trails that take you from forested uplands to boardwalks above lowland swamps.
getting to chicot state park
Location: 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA. – Phone: 337-363-2403