Tickfaw State Park at Springfield is the perfect place for nature lovers to explore several Louisiana habitats. You can walk through pine forests and swamp river bottoms on a series of trails and boardwalks.
Several hiking trails wind through this heavily wooded state park in Livingston Parish. You will experience a pine forest, and then follow a raised boardwalk deep into a cypress-tupelo swamp that gets wetter and wetter the closer you get to the Tickfaw River.
from eco park to tickfaw state park
Tickfaw State Park opened its extensive network of boardwalks and trails in 1999 as an eco park. Visitors can explore four distinct eco systems within the park’s 1,200 acre footprint along the Tickfaw River. In addition to the river habitat, you can experience a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, and a pine/hardwood forest in the higher elevations. The boardwalks stand above the lowlands which occasionally flood from a high river level. That puts visitors into an area that would normally be inaccessible.
see animals up close at nature center
You are likely to catch a glimpse of some animals along the nature walks. However, families can get up close to a variety of mammals, birds and fish that are native to this area along the Tickfaw River in the park’s nature center. In addition, the center includes an 800-gallon aquarium loaded with fish caught in the park.
enjoy the tickfaw river
The park provides a boat launch for fishing boats, canoes and kayaks. From here, boaters and paddlers can explore the beauty of the river. Hikers can also follow a raised boardwalk that takes them to a suspension bridge over the Tickfaw River. While at the bridge, you can step down to ground-level trails for more hiking or to drop a fishing line into the river.
spend the day or camp in tickfaw state park
There are 14 deluxe cabins available for overnight stays. Also, the park features a campground with 30 improved campsites with water and electrical hookups and an additional 20 primitive sites.
getting to tickfaw state park
Tickfaw State Park is located at 27225 Patterson Road in Springfield, Louisiana.