Tickfaw is a Native American word that means “rest among the pines,” and it is a fitting name for the park located in Livingston Parish. The area features plenty of places where people can rest, nestled mostly among pines. The park has different personalities for each season.
There is an overabundance of water, resulting in occasional flooding during spring as water from the Tickfaw River offers a breeding ground for wildlife and nourishes native plants. Visitors should begin their trip at Tickfaw State Park’s nature center. The center also hosts programs which are about the biodiversity and ecology of the park.
A distinguishing feature of the Tickfaw State Park is an 800-gallon aquarium, which has unique fish found in the Tickfaw River. Take pleasure with your visit to the nature center by watching the park’s introductory video, something that will enhance your park experience.
Boating remains the most popular activity in the state park. Canoe and boat launches are conveniently located in the park, and another favorite pastime is fishing for largemouth bass. Some of the animals hiding beneath the canopies which make their appearance once in a while are turtles and alligators.
The hiking trails, which embraces dogs of all sizes, are phenomenal and there is plenty of room for pet parents and their furbabies to roam. Located between Baton Rouge and Northshore, the park is a little remote but making the trip there is worthwhile. After all, it is still easy to reach the cities, seeing as they are only about an hour’s drive.
The sights and sounds of a tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, and mixed hardwood and pine forest are the ecosystems that visitors will experience when they pay a visit to Tickfaw. Cabins are available for reservation, and all of them have towels, dinnerware, cooking utensils, and linens provided. Group camps, however, do not have such amenities.