Sometimes, you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle and spend some time surrounded by nature. These nine beautiful parks offer some of the most scenic natural landscapes that Louisiana can offer, and chances are you already live pretty close to a few of them.
1. Bogue Chitto State Park
For a delightful day of fun in the sun, head on over to Bogue Chitto State Park. Bring a canoe or kayak and explore the beautiful Bogue Chitto River, or just bring a blanket and curl up on the banks and enjoy a picnic with incredible views. Address: 17049 State Park Blvd., Franklinton, LA 70438
2. Cypremort Point State Park
Located between Grand Isle and Cameron, Cypremort Point State Park is a delightful hidden gem that’s just begging to be explored. From the 100-foot fishing pier to the half-mile man-made sandy beach, Cypremort Point offers something for everyone. The sunsets over Vermilion Bay will positively enchant you, so be sure to stick around to watch. Address: 306 Beach Ln., Cypremort Point, LA 70538
3. Fairview-Riverside State Park
Tiny but mighty, this charming state park clocks in at 99 acres, but don’t let that deter you. Nestled up on along the beautiful Tchefuncte River, visitors can enjoy the nature trail that runs along the waterway or bring a fishing pole to catch some of the many bass, white perch, and bluegill in the area. Be sure to take a tour of the Otis House when you visit. This historic home dates all the way back to the 1880s! Address: 119 Fairview Dr., Madisonville, LA 70447
4. Niblett’s Bluff Park
Tucked away in Vinton, Niblett’s Bluff Park overlooks the Sabine River and is just the ticket when you need some peace and quiet. Stay in one of the cabins for a relaxing getaway or bring some friends and rent out the pavilion for an outdoor celebration. Address: 3409 Niblett Bluff Rd., Vinton, LA 70668
5. Lorrain Park
Between Lake Charles and Lake Arthur lies Lorrain Park, a peaceful little park along Bayou Lacassine. The main attraction at this park is Lorrain Bridge, which was built around 1895 and is on the National Register of Historical Sites. Address: 7803 Lorrain Rd., Hayes, LA 70646
6. Sam Houston Jones State Park
Stretching across more than 1,000 acres, Sam Houston Jones State Park is a must-visit for anyone looking to spend some time outdoors. At certain times of the year, the area is home to over 200 species of migratory birds, so keep your eyes peeled. Address: 107 Sutherland Rd., Lake Charles, LA 70611
7. Woldenberg Park
Just on the edge of the French Quarter in New Orleans, Woldenberg Park offers visitors incredible views of the Mississippi River. Take a casual stroll down the paved walkway and sit for a spell on a nearby bench and watch the ships pass by for a picture-perfect afternoon. Address: 1 Canal St., New Orleans, LA 70130
8. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Peppered with cypress and tupelo trees, Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an absolutely gorgeous natural attraction located in Monroe. Wildlife enthusiasts will love the alligators, ducks, snakes, coyotes, deer, and countless other animals that can be spotted here, and nature lovers will delight in taking a peaceful stroll along the trails. Address: 480 Richland Place Dr., Monroe, LA 71203
9. Bogue Falaya Park
This secluded little park in downtown Covington has a huge playground for the kids, tons of wide open space for recreation, picnic tables, and a mesmerizing view of the Bogue Falaya River. Address: 213 Park Dr., Covington, LA 70433
How many of these parks have you visited? Do you have a favorite that’s not on this list? Let us know in the comments below!
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