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MAR-APR 2019

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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16 Bogue Chitto SP Franklinton Say "Bogue Chitto" to those in the know, and you're likely to hear recommendations of where to go tubing. The slow-moving river is perfect for a day of floating with the family, coursing through unexpected canyons past pebble-strewn natural beaches. Highlights include horseback riding through the cypress and tupelo swamps (dedicated horse trails exist throughout the park). Fontainebleau SP Mandeville Just three miles from the quaint Northshore town of Mandeville is Fontainebleau State Park, a convenient and scenic getaway with some truly spectacular kayaking. It also happens to be a short drive from New Orleans, which means that within an hour after leaving the French Quarter, you can be paddling pristine streams full of native fishes and cypress trees. Outside the visitor center you'll find a pier stretching over enormous Lake Pontchartrain, a prime spot for sunset-watching. A man-made beach offers sunbathers a chance to catch some rays, and for younger visitors, a water playground is open seasonally. Do you know where you are going for a vacation this year? Now is the time to start looking at planning your summer "staycation" and Feed Your Soul right here in Louisiana. Consider any of Louisiana's 21 State Parks to enjoy. The beaches at Louisiana State Parks have fresh sand for the summer season, including North and South Toledo Bend State Parks, Fontainebleau, Poverty Point Reservoir and Bogue Chitto. There are great cabin rentals available, as well! "Feed Your Soul" and Plan Your "Staycation" Today Story by Photos courtesy of Louisiana Office of Tourism Poverty Point Reservoir SP Delhi Cast a line, watch for exotic waterfowl and keep an eye out for elusive black bears at this Northeast Louisiana outpost. Poverty Point Reservoir is a 2,700-acre man-made lake set against a backdrop of the wide, flat Mississippi Delta bottomlands. It's a haven for anglers, birdwatchers, families, weekend adventurers and I-20 travelers looking to explore rural North Louisiana. Birders also flock to Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. Because this section of Louisiana is part of the Mississippi Flyway and one of the main migratory routes through the continental U.S., both native and exotic bird species can be spotted within the park. North Toledo Bend State Park Explore the depths of the South's largest man-made lake and fish in one of the best bass lakes in the country. Bring your own boat or rent one at North Toledo Bend State Park, and see if you can land a "lunker" (the name given to a bass that weighs in at over 10 pounds). A boat launch and fish cleaning station are conveniently located near the parking lot. South Toledo Bend State Park Hiking, mountain biking and birding are other popular activities at South Toledo Bend State Park. It is home to bald eagle nesting grounds, so listen up and look up for a chance to spot one. The park is also the only one in the state parks system that allows the use of off-road vehicles. Twelve miles of rocky, hilly country await riders in need of an adrenaline fix, and are located in a designated area away from the park's main facilities. Get more travel ideas this year for your "staycation" at! R E A D U S O N L I N E A T W W W . C I T Y S O C I A L . C O M 16

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