Chicot State Park

Lafayette Area
Lafayette Area
Type of Route
18 miles

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.