Chemin-A-Haut is a park with a funny name and seriously fun recreational opportunities. The park takes its name from the French phrase meaning “high road,” which Native Americans once used on seasonal migrations through these north Louisiana woodlands.
Families flock to Chemin-A-Haut for its many activities geared toward kids. The park’s swimming pool, open seasonally, is a great way for visitors of all ages to cool off during the day. For younger guests, a wading pool is also on site. Two playgrounds can be found in the day-use area of the park.
Thirty-five picnic sites, equipped with grills and tables, welcome families looking to dine al fresco. Coursing through these picnic sites and nearby shelters is a hard-surfaced trail that rises to hills overlooking Bayou Bartholomew. Other trails include those designated for horseback riders, and two short paths that offer visitors a short round-trip trek to walk off dinner.
The main attraction here is the bayou. Massive cypress trees crowd the waters flowing through them, making Bayou Bartholomew a photographer’s paradise. Anglers will find freshwater fish such as bream, redear sunfish and bluegill along the banks.
After a day of fishing, photographing, hiking and biking, visitors are welcome to sleep in one of 15 cabins* ranging from small-and-cozy to a single spacious group camp that accommodates up to 38 people. Primitive campsites are also available.
Nearby attractions include the Snyder Museum and Creative Arts Center in Bastrop, where you’ll find eclectic local artwork; Poverty Point World Heritage Site, a collection of prehistoric Native American earthworks dating back over 3,600 years; and the northwest Louisiana hubs of Monroe and West Monroe.
Entrance fee: $3 per person; free for seniors age 62 and older, and children age 3 and younger.
*Note. The deluxe cabins are closed, due to flood damage, until further notice.