New Orleans January 13, 2019
5 Stunning State Parks Near New Orleans Where You Can Camp All Year-Round
Since we don’t experience the harsh winters that our northern counterparts do, we are luckily enough to be able to explore the outdoors year round. When you’re looking for an adventure with your friends or family, consider heading over to one of these stunning state parks near New Orleans for a camping trip you’ll never forget.
1. Bogue Chitto State Park
About 1.5 hours from New Orleans, the Bogue Chitto State Park is definitely worth the road trip. The 1,786 acre park features beautiful cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, rolling hills, and mesmerizing river views. The hiking trails will lead you through some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the area, and there’s also a 14 mile equestrian trail if you want to bring your horse out for an adventure. 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438.
2. Bayou Segnette State Park
Just a short drive from the city and you can be surrounded by a beautiful natural setting. Bayou Segnette State Park features some amazing floating cabins for you to spend you weekend, as well as ample fishing opportunities, canoeing, hiking, and more. 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA 70094.
3. Fontainebleau State Park
Located on the northshore against the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park is a perfect destination for anyone looking to get away for a couple of days without having to travel very far. From the sugar mill ruins to the scenic trails and wide open green spaces, you’re sure to have an incredible time at this lovely state park. 62883 Hwy., 1089, Mandeville, LA 70048.
4. St. Bernard State Park
Perfect for the family, there’s something for everyone at St. Bernard State Park. Located in Braithwaite, this park was established when a local family donated the land in 1971. The 358 acre state park is right along the Mississippi River, featuring several man-made lagoons that offer delightfully scenic views. The Chalmette National Historic Park is nearby, a great pitstop for history lovers. 501 St. Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040.
5. Tickfaw State Park
Perhaps one of the most scenic state parks in the area, the Tickfaw State Park is worth the hour drive. This unique park features four ecosystems and over a mile of boardwalk trails, allowing visitors to experience a cypress tupelo swamp, a bottomland hardwood forest, a mixed pine forest, and the Tickfaw River. Due to its proximity to the river, this park is subject to flooding, so be sure to check the weather forecast before you head over. 27225 Patterson Rd., Springfield, LA 70462.
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