Chicot State Park in Ville Platte

Chicot State Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in the state of Louisiana located right in Ville Platte. 

Park ranger, Kim Hollier, says much of what’s seen was originally man-made. The park covers over 6,000 acres of beautiful rolling hills and water in south central Louisiana. The cool, clear lake is filled with freshwater catches and brings in many fisherman. The park’s 20-mile hiking trail surrounds lake Chicot and is one of the largest in the Pelican State.

According to Hollier, Chicot has the highest overnight camping numbers in the state park system with two huge campsites that allow visitors to bring RV’s or camp in cabins. For those not staying overnight, day use areas are also available.

Hollier says while many locals visit, she sees more visitors from out of the country. Luckily while visiting the arboretum, I actually spoke with a couple from southeast France who says they came to simply enjoy nature. 

The park is open daily and perfect for family fun and adventure.

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