Tickfaw State Park
Just a short drive east of Baton Rouge is Springfield, LA and the Tickfaw State Park. The park goes through four unique ecosystems including cypress/tupelo swamps, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest, and the Tickfaw River. There are seven (7) individual trails with over a mile of boardwalks, and all are fairly easy.
Like all state parks, there is a small day use fee that is paid at the entrance station. The trail map they provide is out of date and does not include all the trails in the park. Click Here to download and print out the map I have provided
Length: 6.5 Miles
Mural on the Nature Center
Nature Center Trail boardwalk overlooks Cypress Tupelo swamp
Nature Center Trail - Loop - 3/4 Mile
The first trail in the park is the Nature trail at the Nature Center. The trail begins behind the Nature Center. This is a beautiful Cypress Tupelo swamp and the boardwalk provides a great view. The trail is easy and great for kids and dogs. Check out the Nature Center after you finish the trail.
Boarwalk section on the Cut Through Trail
Cut Through trail - One way - 1/2 Mile
The Soggy Bottom Trail has a great place to sit and enjoy nature
Soggy Bottom Trail - Loop - 1/2 Mile
Boardwalk on the Gum Cypress Trail
Gum Cypress Trail - Loop - 1/2 Mile
Trail sign off the main park road
Pine/ Harwood Trail - Loop - 1/2 Mile
Beware, nature will hurt you!
River Trail - Loop - 2-3 Miles
The trail ends at a point where the river converges
Oxbow Trail - Out and Back - 1 Mile