Louisiana State and National Parks
Outdoor adventure awaits in Jefferson Parish! We are home to the Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and two state parks, Grand Isle and Bayou Segnette.
The Barataria Preserve is one of six sites comprising the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. The 23,000-acre Louisiana Wetland Preserve interprets the culture of people, both past and present, who settled in the delta and the unique ecosystem which sustained them. The Preserve features beautiful nature trails, birding trails, and a visitor center featuring a kids' activity center, a Junior Ranger program, a bookstore, and more. Guided tours are offered. Great place for hiking, canoeing, and enjoying nature!
Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, Bayou Segnette State Park offers a multitude of recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages -- camping, boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds, and swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees, and wildlife from both swamps and marshland. Bayou Segnette opened 16 new floating cabins in October 2016. The floating cabins, situated on the canal adjacent to Bayou Segnette, include two bedrooms, a full kitchen, a living/dining area, and a screened-in porch overlooking the canal. Aluminum walkways surrounding each cabin provide an opportunity for casual fishing, complete with an attached cleaning station. Great place for a weekend getaway!
Grand Isle State Park features one mile of beach, including the last wild beach in Louisiana, along with great local fishing. The pier is the only pier in Louisiana that extends into the Gulf - a 900-foot-long public fishing pier with a nearby fish-cleaning station. State officials say that over 280 species of fish are known to live in the waters around this sandy spur. The camping area features 49 campsites with a nearby bathhouse with running water and an adjacent dump station. There are 3 miles of hiking trails with prime bird watching! Tent camping is also available on the beach!
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