River / Bottomland Hardwood Trail

Springfield, Louisiana

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Take a walk on a meandering trail through a mixed pine and hardwood forest along the banks of the Tickfaw River and along an elevated boardwalk above an impressive cypress-tupelo swamp. On your journey you may catch a glimpse of beaver, raccoon, American alligator, or white-tailed deer or see egrets and herons. An aptly named trail if ever there was one, the River / Bottomland Hardwood Trail (RBHT) is located in Tickfaw State Park along the banks of the Tickfaw River. Just east of the state’s capital, Baton Rouge, the park and trail off er respite to the residents of the bustling city and is a wonderful place for visitors to just slow down and relax. The 1,200-acre park has four separate ecosystems: cypress and tupelo swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, mixed pine and hardwood forest, and the park’s namesake, the Tickfaw River.
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Hiking the Gulf Coast

by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)

Take a walk on a meandering trail through a mixed pine and hardwood forest along the banks of the Tickfaw River and along an elevated boardwalk above an impressive cypress-tupelo swamp. On your journey you may catch a glimpse of beaver, raccoon, American alligator, or white-tailed deer or see egrets and herons.

An aptly named trail if ever there was one, the River / Bottomland Hardwood Trail (RBHT) is located in Tickfaw State Park along the banks of the Tickfaw River. Just east of the state’s capital, Baton Rouge, the park and trail off er respite to the residents of the bustling city and is a wonderful place for visitors to just slow down and relax.

The 1,200-acre park has four separate ecosystems: cypress and tupelo swamp, bottomland hardwood forest, mixed pine and hardwood forest, and the park’s namesake, the Tickfaw River.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Springfield
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tickfaw State Park, 27225 Paterson Rd., Springfield, LA 704628906; (888) 981-2020; crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/tickfaw-state-park
Local Maps: USGS Frost, LA; maps available at entrance station
Driving Directions: Directions to River / Bottomland Hardwood Trail

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