Need a little space to escape? Just 30 minutes from New Orleans is the Barataria Preserve, one of six sites comprising Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The Barataria Preserve offers a taste of Louisiana's wild wetlands. The preserve's 26,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, and forests. Walk along boardwalks and dirt trails to spot animals including alligators and over 200 species of birds plus an ever-changing array of wildflowers and plants. See the trail map, enjoy a self-guided tour, or explore with a cell phone tour.
The Preserve interprets the culture of people, past and present, who settled the delta and the unique ecosystem which sustained them. It preserves a representative example of the delta's environment, containing natural levee forests, bayous, swamps, and marshes. It features beautiful nature trails, birding trails, and a visitor center featuring a kids activity center, Junior Ranger program, bookstore, and more. It is a fantastic place for hiking, canoeing and simply enjoying nature!
The visitor center is open Wednesday-Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; closed on federal holidays and Mardi Gras. Parking lots are open for access to trails daily including federal holidays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. except on Mardi Gras, when the preserve is completely closed.
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
(504) 689-3690 ext. 10
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