National & State 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.
As of Tuesday, March 31, Jean Lafitte has completely closed the park’s Barataria Preserve in Marrero. This closure includes preserve trails and boardwalks. The closure is in order to comply with state and local health guidance regarding social distancing
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 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, Junior Ranger program, bookstore, and more. Guided tours are offered. Great place for hiking, canoeing, enjoying nature!
Please note, as of March 14, 2020, Bayou Segnette State Park is closed until further notice. As part of the state’s efforts to combat the current Coronavirus pandemic, the park is closed to the public. Because of its proximity to New Orleans, the area currently experiencing the most cases of the virus, the park is being staged as a possible overflow isolation area for suspected cases of COVID-19.
Bayou Segnette State Park is just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. It 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 of 2016. The floating cabins, situated on the canal adjacent to Bayou Segnette, include two bedrooms, a full kitchen, living/dining area, and a screened-in porch overlooking the canal. Aluminum walkways surrounding each cabin provide opportunity for casual fishing, complete with an attached cleaning station. Great place for a weekend getaway!
Effective Monday, March 23, Grand Isle State Park will be closed to visitors.
Grand Isle State Park features two miles of beaches, 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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