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Enjoying Louisiana's Fall Outdoor Adventures

Oct 30, 2018 01:47PM ● By Staff Writer

Get a Head Start

Before heading out for that long-awaited outdoor trek, remember that weekend warriors and day trippers are all going to be out on those same roads with you, so get an early morning start to take full advantage of every daylight hour. Depending on the length of your journey, you may want to pack some food and beverages for the car to avoid stops and get to your destination sooner.

Gear Up and Plan Ahead

Be it a day or weekend excursion. Weather conditions, terrain, distance, known hazards, you and your partner's skill level are all things to consider before heading out. In addition to food and water, you should consider bringing or wearing water-resistant clothing, a backpack, dry socks, matches, portable GPS, mosquito repellant, suntan lotion, and anything else that won’t overload you.

Remember, some state parks in Louisiana do not have cell phone service, so let a family member or close friend know your trip plans, so if you don’t return home in time, they’ll know to alert the authorities.    

Treat it Like a Workout

Remember that active time spent outdoors is like any other workout. Hydration is key, as is a proper warm up and cool down. Be sure to do a dynamic stretch routine before getting started and long static stretches before climbing back in the car. Stay fueled and encourage muscle repair with easy-to-pack foods that are nutritious, protein-rich and easy to digest, particularly if you plan to engage in any rigorous activity.

Don’t let fall pass you by without getting outdoors to enjoy the season. A few simple strategies can help you make more of your time.

Consider Visiting Louisiana’s Unique State Parks

-Palmetto Island State Park (Abbeville, LA): Located on the Vermilion River, Palmetto Island State Park offers a real south Louisiana outdoors experience. A boat launch provides access to the river for fishing and boating. Overnight guests can stay in one of six vacation cabins, each sleeping up to 8 people comfortably; or one of 96 RV campsites.The visitor center complex will definitely be a "must do" for the day-use visitor, with a water playground and bathhouse. Contact: 337-293-3930

-Bogue Chitto State Park (Franklinton, LA): 

 At Bogue Chitto State Park, visitors will experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. Overnight visitors will find accommodations from tent camping to RV camping to cabins overlooking the bluffs. For larger groups and family reunions, the park offers a group camp and a conference room. A day trip to Bogue Chitto State Park will be a full one, with canoeing, kayaking, fishing, or enjoying the water playground. Contact: 985-839-5707

 -Chicot State Park  (Ville Platte, LA): Located just north of Lafayette, Chicot State Park offers day-use activities and overnight accommodations. Enjoy the rolling hills and woodlands with beautiful 2,000 acre lake with large fishing pier. Camping, cabins, lodges, group camp, meeting rooms, picnicking, boat ramps, hiking trail, water playground. Contact: 337-363-2503

For additional information on all of Louisiana’s State Parks visit: louisianatravel.com  

Sources: State Point, Louisiana Office of Tourism