New Additions Unveiled at Bogue Chitto State Park

Franklinton, La. - Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser and the Louisiana Office of State Parks officially opened new and improved attractions at Bogue Chitto State Park including a kids trail, new equestrian campground and mountain bike area upgrades.

“These new additions and upgrades are possible through collaboration between members of the public and the Louisiana Office of State Parks,” said Lieutenant Governor Nungesser. “The Interpretive Ranger Jordan Brooks Smith Kids Trail, the equestrian campground as well as the mountain-bike area upgrades will be enjoyed by visitors for decades to come.”

The Interpretive Ranger Jordan Brooks Smith Kids Trail, a quarter-mile paved, interactive, accessible trail, is named in honor of Smith who worked at Bogue Chitto State Park from 2010 until 2014. Smith passed away following an all-terrain vehicle accident while on duty at the park. The trail features artwork by Louisiana artists Brandon Ballengee and Brad Bourgoyne. The artwork, funded through a Percent for Art grant, is designed to invite children to engage in animal-themed, hands-on learning experiences through sculptures of native animals and insects.

The seven-campsite equestrian campground, designed to accommodate campers and their horses, is equipped with full hookups and a comfort station with shower and restroom facilities. A new 40x40 foot pavilion and a barn are coming soon.

Mountain bike area enhancements include a restroom building with showers, a bike-repair station, two new pump tracks for children and adults, and a parking lot expansion to accommodate the growing number of mountain bike enthusiasts and special events.

Bogue Chitto State Park is located in Washington Parish. For additional information, call the park directly at 985-839-5707 or 888-677-7312.

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