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Fairview-Riverside State Park, Madisonville
(4.7/5 based on 20+ reviews on the web)
Fairview-Riverside State Park is a tourist attraction 2mi east of Madisonville, Louisiana. Its 99acre is set along the banks of the Tchefuncte River. Within the park is the Otis House Museum, built in 1885, which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Visitors go to Fairview-Riverside to camp, and for water sports and fishing. The park has 100 campsites, a short nature trail, and a boardwalk which reveals forested wetlands along the Tchefuncte River.The park was featured in the 8th season of The Amazing Race.Otis HouseSituated on Fairview-Riverside state park, the house was built in 1885 by Cory Wayne Rivett, who owned a sawmill near the property. In 1906, Jay sold the property and the sawmill to the Houlton brothers, Charles and William. The area became known as Houltonville and included the Johnson & Houlton Store, a U.S. post office, and about 250 sawmill workers.Frank Otis, whose family owned Otis Manufacturing in New Orleans, purchased the property from the Houltons in 1936 and used the residence as a summer home until his death in 1962. He bequeathed the house and 99 acres to the state of Louisiana, requesting it be used for public recreation. The house was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.The house closed for renovations in late 2010 and reopened in October 2011. The renovations included a lead abatement treatment, structural repairs of storm damage and painting the exterior in the original color, which was determined by a professional paint analysis. The house was used for the 1981 horror film The Beyond.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • What a wonderful weekend! With this being out first time staying at this park, we really didn't know how the camp sites were set-up. So, after we checked in, we drove around the park to see the layout...  more »
  • Well maintained and beautiful park for camping, good security and oversight, relaxing and peaceful. Great respect for the state investment that gives you such a secluded and tranquil place to park you...  more »
  • Great collection from the Queen Victoria tradition featuring a house built in the 1880s for a wealthy New Orleans businessman. That would be William T. Jay, the builder and operator of an extensive sa...  more »
Google
  • Beautiful park. Spanish moss hanging from huge oak trees. Stayed 4 nights in primitive tent area. It was a full park that weekend, but wasnt to crowded in tent area as some parks are, they space out tent campsites. Beautiful boardwalk along river, that runs into swamp and comes out at boat dock area. 2 sets of shower areas, front showers are private. Has a free washer and dryer laundromat. Rangers very hospitable. Few miles outside Mandeville and scenic historical town of Madisonville. About 45-1 hour from New Orleans. SLOW to NO wifi, horrible state wifi service...no sure who's in charge of the states wifi, but its useless.
  • The camping is easy. But it's mostly a field with a bunch of sites marked out. The path hiking around the swamp was cool but didn't see any alligators
  • Beautiful bayou country setting on the river. Lots of room between the camping spots. Picnic tables and grills at every site. Looking forward to coming back soon!
  • A very quiet and lovely campground. At least in the spots numbered below 60. It has a playground, individual bathrooms, and a nice walking trail. The washer is free but you have to pay to use the dryer. The newer area, spots 60+, is usually populated by football parties and people using the available boat lunch. The bathrooms over there are not individual. There is a nice boardwalk that you can fish off of but there is no shade so you have to bring your own or burn.
  • Love this place beautiful views and good camping sites