We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Lake Bruin State Park
At only 53 acres, Lake Bruin is the smallest state park in the state. Originally established as a fish hatchery in 1928, the park attracts many visitors each year for fishing and other water sports. Several picnic tables and grills are situated near the lake, as well as playground areas and a covered pavilion.
2. Fairview-Riverside State Park
This beautiful 99-acre park is set along the banks of the Tchefuncte River and offers plenty of attractions for visitors. Built in 1885, the Otis House Museum is located within the park and is perfect for those looking to get a glimpse of history. It's located at 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447.
3. Grand Isle State Park
Located at the tip of the boot, this 140-acre park is right on the Gulf of Mexico and you’ll love the stunning views. There’s a 2.5-mile nature trail that’s perfect for birdwatching, and when you visit, you can camp right on the beach. It's located on Admiral Craik Drive, Grand Isle, LA 70358.
4. Jimmie Davis State Park
Situated on a peninsula over at Caney Lake, Jimmie Davis State Park’s 294 acres offer two boat launches and a fishing pier for those looking for freshwater fishing. The park also has several cabins so you can spend the weekend relaxing among the beautiful pine and hardwood forests. It's located at 1209 State Park Road, Chatham, LA 71226.
5. St. Bernard State Park
Ideal for anyone looking for a little bit of nature, but doesn’t want to stray too far away from the city, St. Bernard State Park is the perfect spot. The 358-acre state park is located right along the Mississippi River and contains several man-made lagoons. The park’s nature trail is an easy stroll through a peaceful natural surrounding, and picnic tables and grills are also available. It's located at 501 St Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA 70040.
6. Cypremort Point State Park
Right on the Vermilion Bay, Cypremort Point State Park is perfect for fisherman. Not only is there a 100-foot fishing pier, but due to its location, you can launch your boat and head out to the Gulf if desired. There’s a half mile stretch of beach which is wonderful to sink your toes in, and it’s a popular place for water skiing, windsurfing, and sailing. The 185-acre park has several cabins with gorgeous views of Louisiana’s natural landscape. It's located at 306 Beach Lane, Cypremort Point, LA 70538.
7. Bayou Segnette State Park
This state park offers something for everyone. Clocking in at 676 acres, Bayou Segnette State Park is located just a short drive from New Orleans and features dozens of recreational opportunities. In the summer, the wave pool is quite popular, while boating, fishing, canoeing and hiking are always popular year round activities. It's located at 7777 Westbank Expy, Westwego, Louisiana 70094.
8. Chemin-A-Haut State Park
Chemin-a-haut means "high road" in French, and you’ll understand why the park is named as such when you visit. Much of the park is on a high bluff overlooking beautiful Bayou Bartholomew. One of the more popular attractions at the park is an 8-mile equestrian trail for horseback riders. Also featured in this 750-acre park are multiple picnic tables and grills, nature trails, cabins, and two playgrounds. It's located at 14656 State Park Road, Bastrop, LA 71220.
9. Lake Claiborne State Park
Opened in 1974, Lake Claiborne is 643 acres of outdoor fun. Attractions include 6 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of mountain biking trails, two world class disc golf courses, and of course, access to Lake Claiborne. Boats and canoes are available to rent for anyone looking to spend some time on the water. It's located at 225 State Park Road, Homer, LA 71040.
10. Lake D’Arbonne State Park
There’s something for everyone at this 655-acre state park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the rolling hills of their hiking trails, relax and catch some fish at one of the five fishing piers, or challenge some friends in a round of disc golf on their 18-hole course. The 15,250-acre lake is perfect for spending the day on the water fishing or water skiing. It's located at 3628 Evergreen Road, Farmerville, Louisiana 71222.
11. North Toledo Bend State Park
The largest park on the list, North Toledo Bend State Park is 900 acres, just 100 acres smaller than its counterpart, South Toledo Bend State Park. Situated on the shores of the Toledo Bend Reservoir, this park is a fisherman’s paradise. There are two trails at the park, a 1.5-mile trail and a more intense 4-mile trail. The reservoir attracts fishermen from all over the country. It's located at 2907 North Toledo Bend Road, Zwolle, LA 71486.