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 periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.
At Tickfaw State park, you can go night hiking or listen to the swamp nightlife from the porch of your vacation cabin. Check at the Nature Center for scheduled programs. While there, view the 800-gallon aquarium stocked with fish found in the Tickfaw River. There are also displays featuring the animnals, history and culture of the area and of Louisiana. Be sure to watch the 8-minute introductory video about the history of the park area. Bicycle, stroll, or skate the interconnecting park roadways. Bring your canoe or kayak and take a fun-filled trip on this unique section of the Tickfaw River. The Water Playground offers refreshing fun for those not quite adventurous enough to explore the swamps and sloughs. A gift shop in the Nature Center (open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily) offers souvenirs with a local flavor.
Hours of Operation:
Site is open daily.
Gate Opening Times:
Sunday through Thursday: open at 7 a.m. – close at 9 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays: open at 7 a.m. – close at 10 p.m.
Entrance Station Hours:
Sunday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, Saturday and days preceding holidays: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Entrance Fees: $3 per person, Free for seniors (62 & older), Free for children (3 & under)
A $6 non-refundable fee will be assessed on each reservation transaction made online, via phone, or as a walk-in.
Cabins/Group Camp: Basic cookware, cooking utensils, dinnerware, silverware, towels and linens are provided. Bring your own food and personal supplies; group camp visitors will also need to bring their own dishes, silverware, paper products, bathroom tissue, towels and linens. (click here for facility pictures and layouts)
|Deluxe Cabins (map)||$150/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs|
$175/night plus tax, Fri-Sat
|14 available, 2 are ADA compliant; sleeps up to 8 people with 1 double beds, 2 bunk beds and 1 sofa sleeper|
|Group Camp||$300/night plus tax||Includes dining hall/kitchen and 2 dormitory-style wings, sleeping up to 52 people|
|Pavilions||$70/day||2 available; Maximum Occupancy of 60 people, each.|
*Units are equipped with electrical lighting.
|30 Improved Campsites (water and electrical hookup) (map of sites 1-30)||$28/night plus tax, Fri-Sat|
$25/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Apr-Sept
$20/night plus tax, Sun-Thurs, Oct-Mar
|20 Unimproved Campsites (water hookup only) (map of tent campsites 31-50)||$18/night plus tax|
|America the Beautiful Senior and Access Passes (formerly Golden Age & Golden Access Passports) (Available through the National Park Service. Click here for more information)|
Holders of the Passes, whose state of residence also honors the America the Beautiful pass, are entitled to a 50% reduction on camping fees at Louisiana State Parks. (Passport holders are allowed one site per passport).
Use of Personal Golf Carts on State Park Property – $10/cart per day; $100 annual permit available. Proof of cart insurance required; must be operated by a licensed driver.
State Park Operated Rentals
|Canoes||$25 per day||includes paddles, life jackets|
Trails at Tickfaw State Park
- Gum Cypress Trail — 1/2 mile (ADA accessible)
- Pine Hardwood Trail — 1/2 mile
- River Overlook/Bottomland HardwoodTrail — 3/4 mile
- River Trail — 3 miles
Water Playground – Louisiana State Parks’ water playgrounds operate Tuesdays through Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; the facilities will be closed on Mondays for cleaning and maintenance. Please contact the park directly, to confirm that the playground is open or for additional information.
A Birder’s Guide to Louisiana gives directions to over 100 areas for birding throughout the state, includes maps, Louisiana specialties, and contains beautiful photography and checklists of Louisiana birds and other wildlife. The Guide was produced through a partnership between the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area and the American Birding Association.