The best camping near Bogue Chitto State Park

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Paddling the Bogue Chitto River is a Louisianian rite of passage.  

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Big Branch Apiary

8 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents50 acres · Lacombe, LA
We sit on 50 acres north of Lake Pontchartrain. We're bounded by the Big Branch Wildlife Reserve to the south and a Rails to Trails bike path on the north. We are 3 miles from LaCombe to the east, Mandeville to the west, and about 1 mile from Fountainbleu State Park. Most of the farm, 80%, is mixed hardwood forest and designated wetlands. Desert Bayou and East Branch Bayou meander across the property which is home to deer, foxes, bobcats, owls, fireflies, otters, raccoons, turtles, and, well, about anything common to the wilds of the Gulf South. This includes a litany of snakes, mosquitoes, and deer flies in their season. About 5 acres are used to raise poultry, bees and organically farmed blueberries. Overall, the land feels primordial and pristine. We are a designated Monarch Waystation and in the spring and fall see many migrating butterflies. We cultivate a lot of flowers so almost year round you can see butterflies in profusion. We are part of the USDAs Conservation Stewardship Program, concentrating on protecting and increasing habitat for animals and pollinators. Dogs are welcome, 2 of them live here, but the chickens often run free and chasing them or the deer for fun or food is not acceptable. This is a rustic situation: think dry camping, outdoor (heated) shower, and port-o-lets. We have hookups for one small RV or camper close to the barn. In addition, we have a 10x10' treehouse, and several places to pitch a tent. The farm is pretty secure--someone is on-site most of the time, it's gated, and there are security cameras at access points. But it is a farm in a rural community--you may hear roosters crow, sheep bleat, dogs bark, and the mule bray along with the sounds of owls, hawks, coyotes and other native wildlife of the area. If this suits you then come stay and enjoy the farm life.
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Opal Springs

3 sites · Tents33 acres · Bogalusa, LA
The property is an old homestead recently reclaimed and being brought back to life after many years abandoned. Early 1800s Bulgarian immigrants started a little community here called Stein. The old railroad used to pass through and there are alot of artifacts scattered throughout the property. We are in the process of cleaning up the old cabin built in late 1800s suprisingly still standing. The hardwood forest has a creek running through that is virtually untouched and home to wildlife of all kinds. Birds and wildlife of all kinds have a home here and no hunting allowed. Some trails have been cut and there are some natural trails for exploring the property through the hardwoods and campers are welcome to make new ones. A spring fed pond is great for fishing or just relaxing under the majestic live oaks. If Mushroom foraging is your thing you are in luck after a nice rain. This place had the best of southeast Louisiana and truly is a hidden gem. We are still in the clearing process so there are alot of projects going on but we definitely have some cool spots to pitch a tent. Host is on property in shipping container and willing to make accommodations as needed as we have electricity but are pretty much off the grid.. do not have an outdoor bathroom but could set something up with little effort. Have running water for solar shower or creek bath if you'd rather. Since we are still rebuilding there are some piles of lumber and things that may be unsafe for small children and animals. I have 2 dogs on the property with me but are fenced and friendly. If you have any questions just ask!
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Camp Topisaw

9 sites · Tents95 acres · Summit, MS
95 acres on the beautiful Topisaw Creek. Here we've raised 5 kids and a multitude of dogs, cats and chickens and a small herd of pineywoods cattle. The woods are quiet and undisturbed , harboring native species like jack in the pulpit, trillium and Florida anise. The spring-fed (and thus always refreshing!) Topisaw Creek forms the eastern border of our property, so plan to spend time on the sandy beaches and rock bars soaking up the sun or hunting for rocks and fossils (petrified wood and arrowheads have been found here). Many folks also enjoy a leisurely float down the creek in inner tubes ('tubing') or in a kayak. (Please note that after heavy rains the creek rises to epic heights and is too dangerous to navigate.) Little to no light pollution makes for amazing stargazing!
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Creekside Farm Co.

6 sites · Tents24 acres · Kiln, MS
Once a main railway for lumber in Hancock County, this small 24-acre homestead, acquired in 2010, is home to a variety of farm animals, edible landscaping including multiple varieties of fruit trees and small vegetable gardens. Completely wooded at the time of purchase, the farm is still a work in progress. Daily farm life involves upgrading fences, clearing the 5-acre pasture, building animal pens, installing rain catchment systems, composting, harvesting, canning, baking and our favorite....... feeding the furry and feathered friends. Pitch your tent in our wooded acreage nestled along side a flowing creek bed. Relax on the sand and watch the squirrels play or close your eyes to meditate with the sounds of nature. A true primitive camping experience awaits you. You can fish in the pond for your own dinner and gather eggs for breakfast. Try snacking on farm breads and biscuits with homemade jellies. Depending on the season, picking wild blackberries or some of the farm produce available gives a glimpse into the daily life of living at Creekside Farm. Our goal is to provide an unplugged experience for you to unwind and get back to nature so you can release the stress of everyday and enjoy the nature and serenity of our little farm. Inquire about homesteading classes and our bi annual homesteading festival. Classes are on Saturday mornings in January/February. The festival is a small but super packed event in the fall and spring each year. You can follow us on FaceBook for more details.
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Terra Soul

99 sites · RVs, Tents30 acres · Franklinton, LA
30 acres of secluded acres, with wild life and clear creek. 10 RV full hookups. 20 water and electric sites. Amenities: 25 electric campsites, 6 with full hookups. Outdoor dishwashing station Pavillion Endless tent camping Commercial Kitchen Hot Showers Clear water Creek Fishing Tea Station Laundry
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Luxor Camping, RV & Retreat

7 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Kentwood, LA
Luxor is a stunning secluded paradise nestled on 10 acres, providing a tranquil setting for immersing yourself in nature's splendor. We offer camping, RV spots, and a studio/bunkhouse for larger events or gatherings. Spend your evenings by the campfire, indulging in the mesmerizing experience of stargazing. Visit Luxor and realign your mind, body, and soul amidst its serene ambiance.
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Moonshadow Farms

1 site · RV, Tent60 acres · Abita Springs, LA
60 acres of park-like and partially forested land. Secluded canopied pool with hot tub, steam, sauna, and cold plunge. Next door 50 acre Nature Conservancy trail. 10-minute ride to St. Tammany Trace Rails to Trails - a 31-mile bike and walking path. 10 minutes to Abita Bew Pub and Brewery. Also 10 minutes from UCM museum
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Missihippie Camping and Berries

15 sites · Tents7 acres · Mc Comb, MS
Nice, quiet peaceful place filled with pine trees. 5- 20 minutes from river. 2 air conditioned bathrooms. Full of blackberries and blueberries. Lynard Skyndard monument 15 minutes away. Surrounded by nature at its best. Pet friendly place. Wake up to the sounds of birds every where's. Come make memories with us!
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❤️Abita hideaway❤️

1 site · Tent1 acre · Abita Springs, LA
❤️Only minutes from downtown Abita Springs where we have the Abita brewery we have the Abita Springs café and we have the Abita brewpub there’s a little bar called Rosies down there it’s fun to go down there with the locals or you can take the 30 minute drive across the causeway and be in New Orleans Normally abita mystery museum I must see every Sunday we have an a bit of farmers market in downtown Abita all local vegetables and fruits and art and music and fun!!Learn more about this land:Beautiful quiet little area hidden away from the world come stay enjoy the amenities of Abita Springs Louisiana!! Only 30 minutes from New Orleans Louisiana!!!❤️❤️❤️ There is an above ground pool available during summer months and a place to bbq picnic or roast marshmallows !!!! With lots of wood on site!! Tranquil area for hippies that love nature!! Kids and pets welcome🌤🔥🌞🌞🙂
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Local Cooling Farms

2 sites · RVs, Tents16 acres · Bogalusa, LA
We raise livestock using sustainable practices on 60 acres. Check out our website.Learn more about this land:The campsite is a gravel pad that can accommodate a 35’ camper and/or tent camping. Water is available. No electricity. Bathroom is a dry compost toilet outhouse. It’s directly off of the black top road behind a double gate. We are a working farm and the campsite is not far from animals.
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The Escape

3 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Perkinston, MS
Learn more about this land:Hidden away in the country, enjoying the fresh Piney Woods air. spending the day, set-up next to a pond bank, watching the wildlife, the fish (bass, bream, catfish and koi), ducks, deer, squirrels and rabbits. At night, can do star gazing or fireflies.
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Bogue Chitto Choo Choo

2 sites · Lodging20 acres · Mc Comb, MS
Once a railroad line through the back woods in Mississippi. Then abandoned. Then reclaimed and converted into a campground. Than abandoned.Stay in a train car or in a primitive camp site in the wilderness in the deep south.If you are into unique experiences, secluded nature, history, feeling alone in the woods or something a little edgy then the Bogue Chitto Choo Choo is the place for your next camping adventure.Artists, hippies and true nature lovers are welcome.Give me a call with your curiosity.Learn more about this land:Camp here in the Deep woods, southwest Mississippi, yea that's right. Sleep in a historic train car, pitch a tent by the private creek under the sublime Trestle ruins or on a clear flat camp site, the choice is yours. In fact the entire place is yours upon your reservation. The converted Box Car camp is fit for Hobo life. Rustic, with the essentials to make lasting memories with your family or mates. The campground is located on the abandoned Fernwood Columbia Gulf Rail line and consists of over 10 acres or pristine nature preserve and sweet seclusion.YesLockable gate, Lockable Box Bar with indoor powder room, Outdoor shower, Small kitchen,  Outdoor covered patio, Other essential cool stuff, Love dogs, Private, Bring all my friends (per person fees), clean grocery store within 10 miles, Great restaurants in McComb, Hip AF, Secret place you can share with your friends, Be a good neighbor.NoGlamorous, Indoor shower, Beds or linens, Life guard on duty, Other camp groups on property same time as you, Being loud.
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The best camping near Bogue Chitto State Park guide

Overview

About

Curling its way through rocky bluffs, hardwood forests, and cypress-tupelo swamps, the Bogue Chitto River is one of Louisiana's most scenic rivers, and it runs right through the heart of Bogue Chitto State Park. Rent a kayak to paddle the river, float downstream in a tube, or follow the many hiking trails and boardwalks through the rolling landscapes of the Uplands and Fricke's Cave. The state park also has dedicated equestrian trails for horseback riding, some challenging mountain biking trails, and 11 freshwater fishing lakes. Campers have plenty of options, too—Bogue Chitto Campground has more than 80 pull-through campsites split between the Upland and Bottomland RV camping areas, all with water and electric hookups, plus 16 glamping tents.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. You can reserve campsites, cabins, and glamping sites online via the Louisiana State Parks website. 
  2. Online reservations can be made up to 13 months in advance and must be made 48 hours prior to arrival. 
  3. Campsites can book up as fast, especially for summer and holiday weekends, so book at least six months in advance.

When to go

While summer brings the crowds to Bogue Chitto State Park to cool off at the lakes and rivers, the cooler weather of spring and fall is ideal for hiking, biking, and paddling. Wildflowers dust the trails from late spring through summer, adding a pop of color to the woodlands. The park and campgrounds stay open year-round, and trails remain accessible through winter.

Know before you go

  • Bogue Chitto State Park sits just south of Franklinton, or a 10-minute drive away. It's about a 64-mile, 80-minute drive from New Orleans along Louisiana State Highway 25.
  • A per-person entrance fee is charged for Louisiana State Parks, and campsite booking fees also apply. Children and seniors are free. A Louisiana fishing license is also required if you want to fish. 
  • Snakes and alligators may be found along the Bogue Chitto River, so exercise caution and don't swim in the river. 
  • Facilities at Bogue Chitto include restrooms, picnic areas, and a dump station. There's also a water playground, a disc golf course, and seasonal canoe rentals.
  • There are accessible restrooms, picnic areas, and campsites at Bogue Chitto State Park. 

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