Lay Your Head in Livingston
Rough it in Tickfaw State Park or pamper yourself with stately historic digs
You may only know Livingston Parish as another bright green exit sign on I-10 as you’re bound for the briny beaches of the Gulf Coast or headed West toward Louisiana’s Capital City, but Livingston is more than a stopover for weary travelers; it’s a destination of its own. Whether you prefer camping outdoors or plantation-style living, Livingston has picturesque accommodations for any visitor’s ideal day trip, weekend getaway, or vacation.
Livingston is only a hop, skip, and jump from major metropolitan areas like Baton Rouge and New Orleans, making it the ultimate respite from city life for urban dwellers looking to spend an afternoon or a weekend in Sportsman’s Paradise.
Springfield’s Tickfaw State Park offers a variety of different swamp and forest ecosystems for nature lovers to explore, along with the Tickfaw River. The park’s Nature Center hosts educational exhibits and a 2,000-gallon aquarium stocked with fish from the park’s waterways. Embark on a night hike or nature walk via miles of boardwalk trails, or take to the park’s water playground, basketball and volleyball courts for a little healthy competition. “The park is unique because it gives the visitor a true feel of Louisiana,” says park manager Cody Westmoreland.
If sleeping in the woods isn’t up your alley, The Villas at Carter Plantation offer a memorable and luxurious stay. The Springfield plantation dates back to a Spanish land grant in 1804. Now the expansive estate serves as the grounds for a visually stunning, award-winning golf course, resort, and conference center. Treat yourself to fine Louisiana cuisine in the Plantation Dining Room and a few rounds on the green for a restful, rewarding break from the everyday grind.