Tickfaw State Park--27225 Patterson Road, Springfield, LA 70462-8906; 225-294-5020 or 1-888-981-2020) is located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off I-12. From Baton Rouge, take I-12 to the Albany/Springfield exit. Travel 2 miles south on La. Hwy. 43, merge with Hwy. 42 and continue one mile to the center of Springfield. Turn west on La. Hwy. 1037 and travel six miles to Patterson Road (across from Woodland Baptist Church), then south 1.2 miles to the park entrance. Tickfaw State Park is a unique 1200-acre park located along three miles of the Tickfaw River. The park offers diverse recreational, nature and educational opportunities. This State Park has it all. Camping, fishing, hiking, bird watching, biking and canoeing are just some of the things you can enjoy while you are here at the park. The many alligators are a must see in the fishing pond.
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Strolling through four ecosystems on over a mile of boardwalks through Tickfaw State Park, visitors can experience the sights and sounds of a cypress/tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine/hardwood forest and the Tickfaw River.
Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Herons can be seen gathering crawfish and other food amid a mix of palmetto, wax myrtle and native azalea. Sightings of alligators, turtles, snakes, squirrels, opposums, songbirds, wild turkeys, and migratory waterfowl, as well as tracks of beaver, coyote, deer, fox, and racoons, offer close encounters with wildlife less than an hour from Louisiana's capital city.
The adventurous can explore the park's 1,200 acres that include backwater swamps, and dark-watered sloughs that form the wetland network created by the Tickfaw River.
Periodically the park site serves the region by detaining floodwaters when winter and spring rains overflow the steep banks of the Tickfaw River. These periods of occasional flooding offer a unique opportunity to educate visitors on the importance of periodic flooding in the cycle of life that makes wetlands an invaluable habitat and breeding ground for wildlife and fisheries.