thcamper
Welcome to Toad Hall
Home of the WxToad

Tickfaw State Park, LA

 tickfaw01

Tickfaw SP is located in southern Louisiana about 40 miles northwest of New Orleans. It offers a campground, cabins and fishing and boating on the Tickfaw River.

Tel: 225-294-5020

Date of Visit: Mar 2016

tickfaw02
Thanks to Spring Break, March is always a tough month for us folks who don't like to make plans, so we broke down and made a reservation about a week before our expected arrival. We could only get 4 nights - the upcoming weekend was booked solid. We've taken to using the park map and Google Earth to try get sites that more or less face south - Puddy-Tat really likes to lounge in the sun on the dashboard,

tickfaw09
So let's take a little walk around the campground so you can see what it looks like. There are two loops here - one for RV's, the other for tenters. Obviously this is the RV loop, sites 2 and 4.

tickfaw08
Sites 3, 5, 7 and 9.

tickfaw07
Site 6.

tickfaw06
Sites 9 and 11. Paved roads make for pleasant bike riding.

tickfaw05
Site 15 on the left, 10 and 12 on the right.

tickfaw04
Sites 14, 18, 20 and 22.

tickfaw03
Sites 17, 19 and 21.

tickfaw29
Sites 22, 24 and 26.

tickfaw28
Site 27.

Recent rains have left the bogs surrounding the campground quite full of water. Here the barbeque grill is out in the water.

tickfaw27
Site 28 is one of two ADA-accessible sites near the bathhouse...and the dump station!

tickfaw14
Moving over to the tent camping loop, we first see two ADA-compliant sites - this is 31. It and site 33 next door have a paved area from the parking spot to the picnic table, raised firepit and to the tent pad. A cement walkway connects them to the bathhouse.

tickfaw15
Site 35.

tickfaw17
Site 40 still had some mud surrounding the various raised areas.

tickfaw18
And then there was site 43, quite surrounded by water.

tickfaw19
Site 44. The park uses bear-proof trash containers.

tickfaw20
Site 49 was also close to the high water.

When we first arrived the tent area was closed because of the high water, but in just a few days, the water had gone down significantly and things were drying out, allowing the park to open that loop of sites.

tickfaw21
Situated between the two camp loops is the bathhouse. Clean and warm, it offers free hot showers. There is also a laundry room with three washers and three dryers - a dollar a load.

tickfaw22
A short distance from the campground is a row of 14 cabins that can be rented.

tickfaw35
There is also a large group facility available for rent.

tickfaw24
There's a nice playground for the kids at the day-use area...which is about .8 mile from the campground.

tickfaw23
During the hot days of summer, the young-uns can enjoy a splash-pad, also in the day-use area.

tickfaw32
Very near the RV campground loop is a fishing pond.

tickfaw33
It has a walking trail all the way around. Just be aware of the alligators - we almost stepped on one.

tickfaw36
Down at the end of the park road several trails head out through the woods and swamps. One boardwalk meanders for almost half a mile out to an overlook at the Tickfaw River.

tickfaw38
Near its end the path crosses over the river on a suspension bridge.

tickfaw25
This is the Grandma Tree, a mighty cypress that has stood since the War of 1812. Its base is enormous.

tickfaw12
There are several miles of trails in the park.

Amenities

30 RV sites: W/E(15/30/50A) - $18/night, Oct-Mar; $22/night, Apr-Sept

20 tent sites: water hookup only - $14

Dump station, showers, laundry

Free Wi-fi

Verizon 4G

Coordinates: 30.383389 N, 90.636331 W

Elevation: 5'

tickfaw map