Louisiana has so many parks and recreation areas, it’s hard to keep track of them all. While each one offers different amenities, landscapes, and activities, they’re all absolutely beautiful and a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Here are seven secluded parks that any nature enthusiast will simply love.
1. The Woodlands Conservancy
You’ll find the Woodlands over in Belle Chasse, just outside of New Orleans. This natural paradise includes 12 miles of trails to enjoy complete with canals, wetlands, and tons of wildlife. The 630-acre bottomland hardwood forest is very popular for birdwatching, or utilizing their horseback riding trails. Perhaps the most fascinating part of the Woodlands are the World War II Ammunition Magazines that are located at the back of the property. Find them at 449 F Edward Hebert Blvd, Belle Chasse, Louisiana 70037.
2. Indian Creek Recreation Area
Nestled within the Alexander State Forest, Indian Creek Recreation Area includes more than 100 acres for recreation, 200 acres of primitive camping and more than 5 miles of lakefront views of the beautiful 2,250 acre Indian Creek Reservoir. There’s a hiking trail that’s about 2.5 miles long and will lead you through a beautiful mixed pine-hardwood forest. It's located at 100 Camp Ground Road, Woodworth, La 71485.
3. Alligator Lake Recreation Area
This family friendly recreation park has tennis courts, party pavilions, boat launches, fishing, playgrounds, and trails to explore. There are plenty of tables and shaded areas, so pack a lunch and enjoy some beautiful scenery over at Alligator Lake. Find it at Artillery Rd N Fort, Fort Polk North, LA.
4. Betty Virginia Park
Visitors to this 23-acre hidden gem in Shreveport can enjoy the lovely walking trail and wide open spaces perfect for laying out on a blanket and enjoying the outdoors. Find it at 3901 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, LA 71106.
5. Sam Houston Jones State Park
Nature lovers will absolutely love the 1,087 acres of ponds, playgrounds, and picnic areas over at Sam Houston Jones State park in Lake Charles. There are five hiking/biking trails and opportunities to catch a glimpse of deer, bobcats, rabbits, gators, and even bald eagles. It's located at 107 Sutherland Road, Lake Charles, LA 70611.
6. Acadiana Park Nature Station
The goal of the Acadiana Park Nature Station is to reacclimatize people to our natural surroundings through teaching and conservation at this 110-acre facility on the outskirts of Lafayette. The three miles of nature trails here are open every day from dawn until dusk, and they also host a night hike on the last Saturday of each month. It's located at 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, Louisiana 70501.
7. Highland Road Community Park
Visitors to Highland Road Community Park will love all of the amenities this park has to offer. Not only can you take advantage of their tennis courts, disc golf, rugby field, and playgrounds, but there is also a boat launch so you can enjoy Fountain and ultimately Bayou Manchac. Bayou Fountain is perfect for canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding. Be sure to check it out at 14024 Highland Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70810.