New Orleans July 28, 2019
Go Behind The Bayou With A Hike Down These 7 Waterfront Trails Near New Orleans
If you are itching to spend some time outdoors, a waterfront trail is just the ticket. These waterfront trails near New Orleans are incredibly scenic and offer a glimpse of our beautiful bayous and swamps that surround us. Most of these trails are under 3 miles, making them easy to knock out before lunch. Bring the kids and have an outdoor exploration day!
1. Bayou Sauvage Ridge Trail
This boardwalk trail is roughly 1/2-mile long and is a great option for families with little ones. The refuge contains a wide variety of habitats including bottomland hardwoods, brackish and freshwater marshes, canals, lagoons, and lazy bayous. Learn more about Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge
Address: 20876 Chef Menteur Highway, New Orleans, LA, 70129
2. Barataria Preserve
There are dozens of beautiful boardwalk trails that will take you beyond the bayou at Barataria Preserve. Located just a short drive from the city in Marrero, the preserve includes over 20,000 miles of beautiful wetlands filled with wildlife. Put this place towards the top of your bucket list this summer. Learn more about Barataria Preserve
Address: 6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero, LA, 70072
3. Fontainebleau State Park
Just a short trip across the Causeway and you’ll find yourself at Fontainebleau State Park. The park has a 5-mile hiking trail and a nature trail that’s just over a mile in length and features beautiful marsh and lake views. Learn more about Fontainebleau State Park
Address: 62883 LA-1089, Mandeville, LA, 70471
4. Northlake Nature Center
While you’re on the northshore, pop on over to the Northlake Nature Center. It’s located just down the street from Fontainebleau State Park and features three different boardwalk and gravel trails with stunning bayou and swamp views. Learn more about Northlake Nature Center
Address: 23135 US-190, Mandeville, LA, 70448
5. Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Right in the heart of the city lies a beautiful little paved walkway that is a great place for a casual stroll, bike ride or morning jog. You’ll have some truly impressive views of the Mighty Mississippi, and there are several benches peppered throughout the walkway so you can sit for a spell and watch the ships sail by.
Address: 1 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130
6. Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
For an outdoor excursion the little ones will love, head over to this hidden gem over in New Orleans East. Explore over 80 acres of hardwood bottom forest through a series of boardwalk and gravel interpretive trails that will leave you mesmerized. Learn more about the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center
11000 Lake Forest Boulevard, New Orleans, LA, 70127
7. Mississippi River Trail
New Orleans has two Mississippi River trails, one on each bank. The West Bank trail clocks in at just over 5-miles and the East Bank, which runs west for about 60 miles. No matter which trail you choose, you're guaranteed to have a front row seat to some spectacular river views.
Where’s your favorite waterfront trail? Let us know in the comments below!