Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River. Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of floods in creating invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries. Check posted program schedules for guided hikes. Bicycle, stroll or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Rent a canoe here – or bring your own – and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. A water playground offers refreshing fun for those not quite adventurous enough to explore the swamps and sloughs. The park is located at 27225 Patterson Road, Springfield. Take I-12 to the Albany/Springfield exit; travel two miles south on Highway 43, merge with Highway 42 and continue one mile to the center of Springfield; turn west on Highway 1037 and travel six miles to Patterson Road (across from Woodland Baptist Church), then south 1.2 miles to the park entrance. For more information see www.crt.tate.la.us/parks/itickfaw.aspx or call 225-294-5020 or 888-981-2020.