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Description - 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.

Top-Notch Facilities

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(click here for cabin layout), 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 of six.

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.

Attractions - 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.

Recreation - Swimming,camping, picknicking,fishing

Climate - Northern regions of the state have cooler winters and somewhat warmer summers than the south. Low temperatures in the winter dip into the high 30s and highs reach 60 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures reaching 100 degrees. Humidity is slightly lower in the northern uplands and the average rainfall in May is higher than any other month.

Location - 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). 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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Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Not Recommended
Report: This place was a letdown from the start! First the lady at the entrance booth was talking to a work mate over her shoulder the whole time she checked us in.(I assume she had forgotten who was paying her salary??) Next the cabin did'nt have a satellite contoller in it, The desk said they were locked in the mananger's room and he would'nt be back till 10:am the next morning (that was at 3:pm on thurs. afternoon!)We got to use the TV 24 hrs after our arrival.Then the pool was open to everyone that paid a $1 day use fee meaning it was NOT family friendly! The pool area was full of disrespectful teens (along with their unsupervised children) and they were calling each other "MF" and the "N" word without any discretion. Cabins were mice infested! Dont waste your time if you are used to well managed professionally operated State Parks!

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Park was very clean and the staff very friendly. Cabins were nice. We stayed in a Standard Cabin due to not making a reservation in time, but plan to go back and stay in one of the beautiful Deluxe Cabins. The Cabin we stayed in was very clean and the screened-in porch was fantastic for listening to nature. The nature trail was not a hard surface but the site of the wildlife was amazing. Do not be surprised if you find an armadillo tryin to help you fish or the flash of a white tail deer, crossing the path before you. Truly, a wonderful weekend we enjoyed.

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Contact Information:
Chemin-A-Haut State Park, 14656 State Park Road , Bastrop, LA, 71220-7078, Phone: 318-283-0812, 1-888-677-2436
, cheminahaut@crt.state.la.us

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