You don’t have to travel very far to take a stroll through nature. Luckily, there are several beautiful nature trails all within a 30-minute drive from New Orleans, each one more stunning than the next. Next time you are itching to get out of the house and spend some time outdoors, these are some of the best hikes in New Orleans to explore.

We loved being able to tell you about some of the best hikes in New Orleans, do you think that there are any we missed? Let us know! And if you’re looking for more hiking in the area, check out our article on more majestic trails waiting to be discovered.

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Best Hikes New Orleans

Are there any haunted hikes I can go on in New Orleans? 

New Orleans has so much exciting and creepy supernatural history to discover! Vampires, ghosts, and witches, oh my, lurking around every corner, make almost any excursion in the city just a little bit chilling. However, sometimes you really want to delve into that scary stuff and luckily there are a few hikes with a spectacularly hair-raising story. For example, the Maurepas Wildlife Refuge features multiple trails and is rumored to be haunted by a voodoo priest! Or if you want to stay out of the woods and have a guide, you can take this haunted hike through the French Quarter.

Can I hike to abandoned places in New Orleans? 

There are a couple different hikes just outside of New Orleans that will take you to some exciting abandoned spots. You can lace up your boots and set out on the hunt for an Abandoned Military site at the Woodlands Conservancy. This land has more than 10 miles of trails to explore so it's great for a full day of adventuring. Or you can get some steps in exploring the abandoned Six Flags at 3011 Michoud Blvd. If driving is more your speed, you may like this abandoned places road trip.

Are there any natural wonders in New Orleans? 

There is a lot of natural beauty in New Orleans to wonder at! The topography of Louisiana and its flora and fauna are so special and unique, and even in the most populated and urban areas you'll find yourself stopping to wonder at a good tree or a cool bird pretty regularly. We have compiled a list of natural wonders in New Orleans for you to check out and help plan some fun excursions. One that really pops out to us as a can't miss is the musical Chime Tree in city park.