New Orleans May 06, 2018
6 Lesser-Known State Parks Around New Orleans That Will Absolutely Amaze You
With 21 state parks in Louisiana, you’re never too far away from spending some in the great outdoors. There are several located around New Orleans that are worth checking out, and we’ve got them listed below. All of the state parks listed below are within a two hour drive from New Orleans, so you can easily make a day trip out of any of them.
1. Fairview Riverside State Park
Tiny but mighty, Fairview Riverside State Park clocks in at 98 acres, but don’t let its size fool you! Canopies of oak trees, a nature trail, and a lovely view of the Tchefuncte River all await you here. Plus, you can visit the Otis house which you’ll see right when you enter the park. The house was built in the late 1800s and renovated in 1930. 119 Fairview Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447.
2. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
Lake Fausse Pointe State Park is a 6,000-acre site located around the Atachafalaya Basin. Popular past times include fishing, boating, and canoeing around the waterways. Make a weekend out of it and spend the weekend at the park staying at their lake-front cabins, or bring a tent and rough it. 5400 Levee Rd., St. Martinville, LA 70582.
3. St. Bernard State Park
Located right along the Mississippi River, the park is great for anyone looking to spend some time one the water. Nature trails, barbecue grills, a swimming pool are all popular at this state park. 501 St. Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040.
4. Bogue Chitto State Park
The 1,786-acre park has it all: streams, cypress-tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, and a rolling landscape you don’t get to see very often in Louisiana. There’s fourteen miles of equestrian trails to explore, as well as Fricke’s Cave, which visitors will love. 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438.
5. Cypremort Point State Park
While not the largest state park, Cypremort Point State Park clocks in at 185 acres, but is filled with adventure. Since it’s so close to the Gulf of Mexico, fisherman have the opportunity to head out to deeper waters for fishing opportunities. You can also fish from the pier, or sink your toes into the half mile of man-made beach at the park. Stick around for the sunsets, which are simply mesmerizing. 306 Beach Lane, Cypremort Point, LA 70538.
6. Grand Isle State Park
Head down to the tip of the boot for some outdoor adventure. Visitors can enjoy the nature trails and the beach views, fishing off the pier or launch their boat for epic deep-sea fishing adventures. You can camp right on the beach at this state park, which makes for a memorable experience. Admiral Craik Drive, Grand Isle, LA 70358.
What’s your favorite state park? Let us know in the comments below!