FRANKLINTON (AP) — Restoration work this summer at Bogue Chitto State Park in Washington Parish has restored the Fricke’s Cave site.
Park manager Kyle Bernese told The Daily News the improvements include clearing brush in the main portion of gorge in an area of several acres.
The site now looks much as it did to campers three decades ago, he said.
Fricke’s Cave is one of the park’s primary attractions. Despite its name, it is not a cave. The gorge is made up of sandstone spires created when water eroded the surface underneath pebbles.
A crew of about 10 completed the clearing work mostly by hand, Bernese said. The contract stated that they were not allowed to bring any equipment into the gorge.
Work also was done at the park’s splash pad in May, shortly before the attraction opened for the summer. Bernese said concrete was added to all the walkways around the splash park.
Signage around the park is being updated, Bernese said, Bernese said. Working with the Washington Parish Communications District, the park has been able to place road name signs throughout the 1,786-acre park.
More signs yet to be installed will let visitors know where certain attractions are located and help them find their way around in the park, Bernese said.