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Chicot State Park

Average Rating:    (3.25 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 16

A 20 mile loop around Chicot Lake consisting of singletrack and a few fireroads marked by orange blazes. Mainly single track thru pine & hardwood forest. There are multiple areas of access to the loop: the North, South, East, and Walker Branch Trailheads. The most difficult part of the trail is the first 4 miles north from the South Landing Trailhead, which is a series of steep root-encrusted ups and downs. Sprinkled throughout the loop are a few 4' wide wooden bridges crossing wide ditches/low-lying/marshy areas. None have railings, and 2 are 4-5' off the ground and run for approximately 100 meters.
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Latitude
30.797294551694516
Longitude
-92.27691650390625
Trail Directions
3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586 *888-677-2442* *Park hours: 6am - 9pm Sun. thru Thurs. 6am - 10pm Fri. & Sat. & days preceding holidays.* *To Main Entrance: from I-49 take EXIT 46/St. Landry/LA106. Head west on LA106 for 7.1mi. Take a left onto LA3042, and after 4mi the park entrance will appear on the left.*
Trail Length
20 - 22 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Ville Platte
Country
Evangeline
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Review Date
March 18, 2013

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steven Priefer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Muddy Mess
I started out at the South Landing Trail Head. As other reviewers state the first 3 miles are the most technical. There were some roots with erosion on the downhill side which created a 12 inch drop. It was difficult to find a clean line. There was one part of the trail in which the rail road tie steps were your path to the bottom of the hill. Several descents required braking as there were no berms to assist in the mid downhill turns on the wet soil. The part of the trail that got my heart beating was the long 100 meter wooden bridges going over the swamp. It was scary and fun at the same time. Some of the bridges required a 4” to 6” wheelie to get up on them. A few times you come to the bridge right after a downhill turn which made it nearly impossible to get on the bridge squarely. The most frustrating part of the trail was the mud holes. There were a couple of 12’ long mud holes with a couple of inches of standing water. This may be the result of taking a late winter ride following a wet winter. It had not rained the week prior. Besides the mud holes there were 3 other impassible parts of the trail which required dismounting and lifting your bike over fallen trees as well as the suspension bridge which requires one to climb a ladder 4 feet to get on the bridge. At the time I crossed it there was no other lines and water was close to 12” deep and 6’ wide. The most grueling part of the ride for me was when you came out of the woods after mile 8 along the side of the levy. It was boring but required some effort because you were riding on a side of a hill. Luckily because of the time of the year there were no snakes, spiders or any other wild life for that matter. I have to agree with another reviewer this trail is great for hiking not so great for biking.

Recommended Route:
Start at the south point landing but do some sprints prior to getting on the trail to get warmed up. Once your own the trail follow the organge.



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Review Date
November 8, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mary ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I'm not an avid mountain biker, just looking for something fun to do on the weekends/while camping. Chicot is brutal. I don't have a proper mountain bike, but my partner does (with disc brakes and a suspension fork). In May, we started at the South Landing heading north, and quickly realized we were out of our league. So we turned around and headed south which was not much better. This past weekend, we rode on the road up to the North Landing Trailhead and started north. This was much better, not as many technical downhills and those boardwalks through the swamp are pretty fun (except many of them have a 6 inch curb to get up onto the boardwalk). We rode for about an hour and stopped at mile 8 to turn back. The North Landing Trailhead starts at like mile 4. So we only went 4 miles in that hour, but I didn't think we were going exceptionally slow. There were several locations that required a dismount (like steep downhills with huge diameter roots waiting for you at the bottom followed by a steep uphill). A lot of other places required lots of braking - like steep downhills followed by an almost 90 degree turn with plenty of slippery leaves. Basically, it is a fun trail but I don't know who is finishing the entire loop in 2-3 hours, unless they are literally flying down some of these trails. At our pace, we would have barely finished the entire loop in 4-5 hours. We went out expecting to make an afternoon out of it after reading these reviews about people riding the trail in a morning or finishing in 2-3 hours. Just be warned - Chicot is not for the faint of heart. However, I didn't see a single spider.

Recommended Route:
Stay around the North and South Landing Trailhead because if you burn out, the road is nearby.



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Review Date
June 29, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: dirtdiesel ,  Racer

Summary:
Wow, just moved home and was worried about not having anywhere close to ride. Rode Chicot for the first time this morning. Short and steep uphills make for a good workout. Surprisingly technical in spots. Never fell, but you better be ready crossing some of those creeks. Went north from south landing. Plenty of spiders, but nothing too overbearing. Until I rounded the north end and headed south. Dozens of huge Banana spiders right in the face. Turned around at mile 7 as I was looking down one section of trail and could count 5 webs waiting for me in a 50' section. Each web had one to three spiders in it. Heck with that! Asked a maintenance crew to make a rip on a 4-wheeler to knock down some of these bad boys. Short term fix, but there is no way to have a decent ride with those suckers hanging off your nose every 5 seconds. Overall, am happy to find such a good workout waiting so close to home. It is def a grinder!

Recommended Route:
South landing head north. Get the most technical stuff over with.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, AL is the granddaddy of all trails in my opinion. Worth the trip even if its once a year. 20 miles of seat of your pants hauling A.



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Review Date
May 25, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Robert Billeaud ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I ride this trail pretty often because I live 5 miles away from it. It is not all that difficult, though the first four miles or so are pretty intense. Very technical steep uphills as well as steep downhills filled with roots. Its nearly impossible to carry momentum from a downhill to an uphill because of small creeks that will throw you off if engaged too fast in them.

Recommended Route:
Start at the south landing and go north, if the first 1.5 miles tire you out, you can take the road back to your vehicle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Ruston is the best that I have riden.



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Review Date
April 24, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Gary W ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The first two sections are easily the toughest ones. I'm sure there are people that can ride through without pushing the bike, but definitely not me. The climbs are all short but the first ones are tough because of the steepness and the roots. I can climb all the hills from mile 4 until the end. The climbs are just short enough to allow me to reach the top and then flatten out for recovery. I only need to dismount to cross one ditch, although it probably could be ridden it if you take the right line and don't mind a little mud and water. There is also a suspension bridge which can not be ridden, but the ditch it easily crossed and two fallen trees to carry the bike over. I think full suspension makes for a much more comfortable ride with all of the exposed roots. The downhills are short and do not offer much of a chance to get good speed (only a couple of times). One of the straighter and longer downhills that allowed good speed lead to one of the bridges over the swamp. Just before the bridge is a tree that forces you to the left and I was riding within a couple of inches of the edge of the bridge at about 15 mph...what a rush. There are a few low lying areas that can be very muddy after rain.

As for all the talk about banana spiders...I've never seen any. I have seen plenty of snakes, squirrels, deer, birds and turtles. The scenery is beautiful, especially when crossing the cypress swamps on the bridges. These would certainly be good places to take pictures.

Of course there is no place to get food or water along the way, so bring plenty based on your riding ability and time estimation. I have finished the entire route in 2:15 to as long as 3:45.

Recommended Route:
I have only ridden from the South trailhead (straight down on the main road from the gate). This starting point does put the only tough sections first, which makes it harder since you haven't had much of a warm up before the first hills. I would like to drive to a different trailhead to put the section closer to the center of the ride rather than the beginning, but I just haven't tried that yet. An out and back is also and option from the South trailhead. You would park at the trailhead and cross to road to ride the route "backwards". The mileage indicators are set for riding the other way (clockwise).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kincaid and Valentine Lake near Alexandria
Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston



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