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Old 10-21-2014, 02:38 PM   #1
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January camping halfway between Dallas and Baton Rouge

Our son is going to run the marathon in Baton Rouge the Sunday before MLK day and we are thinking about taking the AS down on the long weekend. Rather than do the entire 6 hour drive (I just came off the 6 hour drive from Village Creek SP, ARK and still have that memory) to BR, would like to find either a COE or State Park halfway, probably an hour east of Shreveport so that we could knockout half the drive on Friday afternoon. Any suggestions from Louisiana Streamers? Also any suggestions for camping near Baton Rouge?

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Chicot State Park is a short distance off I-49 in between Alexandria and Opelousas. Closest town is Ville Platte. I've stayed there twice. It's also home to the Lousiana State Arboretum, with six miles of beautiful hiking trails.

It's more than halfway for you, but it's the best I can recommend.
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Chicot State Park is a short distance off I-49 in between Alexandria and Opelousas. Closest town is Ville Platte. I've stayed there twice. It's also home to the Lousiana State Arboretum, with six miles of beautiful hiking trails.

It's more than halfway for you, but it's the best I can recommend.

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How's the weather in January in Louisiana?
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Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston is on a lake, and very nice, east of Shreveport.

Farr Park Campground is a city park on the River Road just south of Baton Rouge. It is unexciting, but decent, as I recall. May be the closest you will get.


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Lincoln Parish Park in Ruston is on a lake, and very nice, east of Shreveport.

Farr Park Campground is a city park on the River Road just south of Baton Rouge. It is unexciting, but decent, as I recall. May be the closest you will get.


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Grand Bayou Resort is private RV resort south of Shreveport. I've never been there but it looks nice from their website. Might be a good alternative if state parks or COE parks are not available.

RV Sites at Grand Bayou Resort in Louisiana
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How's the weather in January in Louisiana?
Usually the coldest month of the year. No wetter than usual, though. Some overnight lows below freezing, very few daytime highs below freezing.
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Usually the coldest month of the year. No wetter than usual, though. Some overnight lows below freezing, very few daytime highs below freezing.

Might give me a chance to give my black and grey tank heaters a try
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Perfect campsite for you.

Lincoln Parish Park is located in Ruston, LA, on I-20, one hour east of Shreveport. Rolling hills, beautiful trees and lake, affordable and convenient. We camp there with fellow air streamers and we live 4 miles away! We are also planning a vintage rally there soon. Happy trail!
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Lincoln Parish Park is located in Ruston, LA, on I-20, one hour east of Shreveport. Rolling hills, beautiful trees and lake, affordable and convenient. We camp there with fellow air streamers and we live 4 miles away! We are also planning a vintage rally there soon. Happy trail!

Thanks much. that's two recommendations for Lincoln Parish Park.
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Check out Lake Bisteneau State Park, near Shreveport or Palmetto Island State Park, near Abbeville, just west of Lafayette. Louisiana State Parks will honor the Federal Senior pass or senior discount. Also the parks have free laundry facility's.


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Louisiana State Parks will honor the Federal Senior pass or senior discount.
Officially, that's only for Louisiana residents, but out-of-state visitors might as well show the pass when they check in; you never know when you'll meet a camp host who interprets the rules more leniently.
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Officially, that's only for Louisiana residents, but out-of-state visitors might as well show the pass when they check in; you never know when you'll meet a camp host who interprets the rules more leniently.

I need to get my federal pass anyway. Been meaning to do that. Arkansas state park where we stayed last week, rather nicely asked, are you or your wife over 62? then gave us the discount.....I figure if age works to my advantage, then why not!
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