Here’s some info from the State of Louisiana Parks website:
Chicot State Park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in South Central Louisiana. The cool, clear waters of Lake Chicot have yielded record freshwater catches of largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and red-ear sunfish.
An extensive hiking/backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and includes several primitive campsites along the way. The hiking trails allow visitors to experience and enjoy the park’s natural landscape, its bottomland hardwood forest and the lake itself.
The Louisiana State Arboretum, now located within Chicot State Park, is home to a magnificent mature beech-magnolia forest and features an outdoor classroom and several miles of nature trails with labeled plant life native to Louisiana.
Directions to Chicot State Park from Lafayette (through Ville Platte)
Take I-49 NORTH past Opelousas
Take exit 23 for US 167 N toward Ville Platte
Turn left onto LA-744 N/US-167 N
Continue to follow US-167 N
Continue straight onto LA-10 W/US-167 N, towards Ville Platte
Go for 15 miles into Ville Platte
Turn Right onto MacArthur Rd. to Follow LA-3042
Follow LA-3042/Chicot Park Rd NORTH to the Chicot State Park Entrance/Office
3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA