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This trail around Lake Chicot traverses varied terrain that’s not too difficult in dry weather but can be tougher when it’s wet. Mud can be a problem on the route where the topography range ranges from flat to somewhat steep hills. If you don’t care for – or are inexperienced riding in – mud and bumping along over tree roots, consider choosing a different trail in wet weather. However, the 6,400-acre park is pretty, and it is open year-round. Cool, clear Lake Chicot offers excellent fishing – you can rent a boat, if you’re interested – and good indoor camp facilities, in case you’d like to spend the night.

The South Landing includes cabins, a group camp, a lodge, picnic areas and playgrounds, a swimming pool, a boat launch, a fishing pier and a dock with rental boats. The North Landing has campsites, a playground, a boat launch, a dock, a 400-foot fishing pier and a primitive group-camping area. The Conservation Lodge is located in this area.

Coming from the north on I-49, exit on Highway 106 south. Turn left off 106 onto Highway 3042 south, and continue to the main entrance. From the south, exit I-49 on US 167 and drive toward Ville Platte. In Ville Platte, turn right onto LA 3042/N. Dupre St., then left onto LA 3042/W. Lincoln Rd. Veer right onto LA 3042/Chicot Park Road. Park entrance is about seven miles down LA 3042. See Chico State Park or call 337-363-2403 or 888-677-2442.