Monday, July 13, 2015

A Great Place for Summer Fun on the Northshore!

Tickfaw State Park is located right outside Hammond, LA in Springfield.  Wooded and lush, it is the perfect place to spend a day hiking, canoeing or cooling off at the splash pad. For those looking for a vacation or weekend getaway, the cabins and camping sites will provide the atmosphere for which you are looking.   For those who enjoy hiking, the river trail is beautiful, as it actually parallels the river for the greater part of the hike, which provides an opportunity to observe all sorts of wildlife. There is also an amazing bridge at the end of the trail which joins the boardwalk trail, creating a loop back to the parking area.   "Loop" simply means that the trail will take the hiker back to the original departure point. Those traveling with kids will appreciate loop trails because they take the guesswork out of the hike and eliminate backtracking.  If you enjoy fishing, take a break at the bridge, and cast your fishing line to get your "catch of the day".   However, make sure to purchase a fishing licence from the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries  before casting that line into the water as a licence is required to do so.     Note: Access to the river trail is gained from the parking area down the road from the day use area which contains the splash pad.  Enjoy and picnic at the Bottomland/Hardwood Pavillion after your hike or at any of the designated picnic areas in the park.  See the map below for the locations of all of the offernings in the park!   Place a call to the park office before you depart if you plan to canoe.  In times when water levels are too high or low canoeing is not allowed.

If you are a frequent follower of our blog you know how Frugal Family Travelers feel about the State Park System and capitalizing on an annual membership!  At only $80, it provides each person traveling in the same vehicle with a pass holder, admission and access to all Louisiana state parks and historic sites.  If you frequent the parks, it is a great savings.   Explore the Louisiana State Parks website for a full list of parks and historic sites offered and begin planning your travel with a stop at Tickfaw.   Explore our blog to discover reviews of other state parks and take advantage of our page listing Frugal Family Adventures listed by state!


$2 per person;  Seniors (62 and older) and children (3 and under) are free!

Directions (click below to access Google Map):

27225 Patterson Road Springfield, LA 70462-8906


Bring sunscreen, towels for the splash pad, water, backpacks for hiking,  BUG SPRAY and don't forget your fishing licence!  

Cooling off at the splash pad after the hike!! 

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