Chicot State Park, the Perfect Weekend Getaway!

Chicot State Park Sign

“In this media-drenched, multitasking, always-on age, many of us have forgotten how to unplug and immerse ourselves completely in the moment. We have forgotten how to slow down. Not surprisingly, this fast-forward culture is taking a toll on everything from our diet and health to our work and the environment.” ― Carl Honore

This past Spring, my family wanted to get away for some rest, relaxation, and fun. We decided to go to Chicot State Park after hearing great things. The park was so much nicer than I had imagined! The cabin was right on the water and had a shared dock and bridge to a neighboring cabin. This was perfect! Honey, Grandpa, and Uncle Chris were able to stay in the other cabin. My daughter loved being neighbors and would yell “I’m going to Honey and Grandpa’s house!” as we watched her skip over to the other cabin. This is big fun because Honey and Grandpa live three hours away up in Shreveport. The cabins are newly renovated, so it felt more like “glamping” than camping with a screened in porch, huge windows, cable, a full kitchen, two bedrooms, and one bath.

It was the perfect weekend getaway! It was an hour away from Acadiana, so I did not feel exhausted by the time we arrived. There was nothing like making a fresh cup of coffee and going to sit out on the screened in porch in the morning. The rails going to and from the cabins were child proofed (besides the dock. I suggest bringing a life jacket or puddle jumpers while on the dock with the littles.) My daughter loved fishing with Daddy and Grandpa even if they did not do much catching. They have a fantastic splash pad there that was just as fun for the kids as it was for my husband and I. They have some nice trails to enjoy nature and unplug from the stress of day-to-day life. The only downside was the lack of Wi-Fi to post cute pictures of my kiddos at the end of the day. (I have no doubt this was a blessing in disguise.) I 10 out of 10 recommend going to Chicot State Park for an easy getaway with kids! Here are a few pictures from the trip.

“Go for a walk outdoors. Reconnect with the feeling of the wind blowing through your hair. Listen to the birds that live in a tree in your yard. Watch the sunset. Take time to smell the flowers that bloom in the park during the summer. The natural world is just as natural as it ever was, except there’s less of it than there was twenty-five years ago – and most of us don’t make a point of enjoying it often enough.” ― Skye Alexander

Go book a fun weekend getaway to unplug and reconnect with your family! It’s worth it.

Emily Beatmann
Emily is a Louisiana native born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She went to UL Lafayette and earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations in 2012. It was here that she fell in love with her husband, Jude, and the city of Lafayette. On the weekends, you will find Emily at a festival, the farmer’s market, enjoying a Mardi Gras parade, or eating at one of the many delicious restaurants in Acadiana. Emily and Jude have two children named Mia (9), Patrick (5.), and Violet (8 months.) She is a Marketing Director by day and mom by night! Emily has a passion for reading, Harry Potter, theatre, coffee, wine, spreading financial literacy, her friends, and family.


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