The High Road to Adventure
Chemin-A-Haut is French for "high road," which describes
an old trail used by the Native Americans for their seasonal
migrations. It is easy to imagine ancient tribesmen camping
in this beautiful setting among towering virgin pines, with
soft sounds of water rippling by to lull them into restful sleep.
This 503-acre park near the Louisiana-Arkansas state line
is situated on a high bluff overlooking Bayou Bartholomew
and is a natural paradise for lovers of unspoiled beauty.
Present-day visitors can camp like the Native Americans,
but with many more modern conveniences. They need not, for
example, sleep on the ground, or bathe and wash their clothes
in Bayou Bartholomew or nearby Bayou Chemin-A-Haut. There
are 26 campsites at the park, each including water and electricity.
Located nearby is a dump station and a comfort station with
showers and restroom facilities. A rally camping area is also
available for groups.
A Hidden Jewel
For those less interested in "roughing it",
the park has six vacation cabins, complete with bedroom, bathroom,
fully equipped kitchen, screened porch and a fireplace. The
air-conditioned and heated cabins have two double beds and
can comfortably sleep four people, with a maximum capacity
Eight vacation cabins overlooking Big Slough Lake each have
two bedrooms and a rear deck. The lakeside cabins sleep up
to eight people. A group camp accommodates up to 38 guests,
dormitory style. The group camp and meeting room each have
a kitchen/dining area.
Bring the Kids
Chemin-A-Haut State Park was designed with children in
mind. Two playgrounds in the day-use area are a favorite spot
of the younger patrons as is the wading pool in the swimming
complex. Also, the park's swimming pool is open Memorial Day
weekend through Labor Day, so campers and picnickers can refresh
themselves on hot summer days.
The picnic area includes 35 family sites with grills and
tables, five group sites (for up to 24 people), and three
shelters. A hard-surfaced trail goes through the picnic area
and along the high, scenic banks of Bayou Bartholomew. Rental
boats afford visitors an even closer view.
Big Slough Lake, located near the edge of the park, offers
an opportunity to fish from the shore. Several varieties of
freshwater species can be found there. Take advantage of the
beautiful seclusion of this ideal park site.
Poverty Point State Historic
Site-- (East of Monroe and north of I-20 on LA 577 northeast
of Epps)--The site is considered one of the most significant
archaeological finds in the country. It has a complex of Native
American ceremonial mounds built between 1700 and 700 B.C.
A museum and guided tours interpret a culture that once flourished
on the site.
Lake D'Arbonne State Park--
(5 miles west of Farmerville on LA 2)--A fisherman's paradise,
this 655-acre state park on the shores of Lake D'Arbonne features
65 improved campsites, 50 picnic tables and grills, 3 fishing
piers, a boat ramp and a fish cleaning station.
Handy Brake National Wildlife Refuge-- (6 miles North of
Bastrop on Cooper Lake Road)--Wildlife viewing is made easy
with an observation tower. The site is open daylight hours
Georgia Pacific Wildlife Management Area-- (5 miles northwest
of Bastrop on Parish Road 592)--Visitors and hunters may use
this 28,000 acres managed primarily for timber.
Lake Claiborne State Park--
(7 miles southeast of Homer on LA 146)--Located on the banks
of a 6,400-acre lake. With steep ravines and rolling hills,
the park features excellent picnicking, pavilions, 10 vacation
cabins, 87 improved campsites, a swimming beach, boat launch,
fishing pier, and nature trails.
Caney Creek Lake State Park-- (Off LA 4 southwest of Chatham,
on Lakeshore Drive and State Road 1209). Situated on an outstanding
bass-fishing lake, the park offers camping, picnicking, 2
boat ramps, a fishing pier, a swimming beach and is an ideal
spot to launch biking expeditions.
State Park--(14656 State Park Road, Bastrop, LA 71220-7078;
318-283-0812 or 1-888-677-2436) is located about 10 miles
north of Bastrop. From Monroe, take either US 165 or LA 139
north to Bastrop. From Bastrop, take US 425 north to LA 2229
(State Park Road).
This 503-acre site takes its name from the French word meaning
"high road," which was the route used by Native
Americans many years ago in their seasonal migrations. Facilities
include cabins, campsites, a group camp, an amphitheater,
a swimming pool, a nature trail and a conference room. To
reserve a cabin, campsite, group camp, meeting room or picnic
pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).
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