Top 3 State Parks in Louisiana
Louisiana is home to many state parks and all have different aspects that make them unique and different from one another. But, which ones are the best ones? We’ve got a list of the top 3 state parks in Louisiana. This list is based off of visitor reviews from trip advisor.
- Grand Isle State Park- Grand Isle, LA. An island off the coast of Louisiana, Grand Isle separates the Gulf of Mexico from the channels that connect the bayou to the tributaries surrounding it. The island acts as a wave barrier keeping the waters calmer on the inland side and the beaches more visited.
Because of its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, deep sea fishing is a popular sport. There are over 280 species of fish that inhabit the waters surrounding Grand Isle. Visitors to the park can also go swimming, crabbing, surf fishing, boating and birdwatching. Brown pelicans and seagulls make for some interesting entertainment and are in abundance.
There are over 2.5 miles of hiking trails within the park, offering great views of the gulf and channels on either side. Visitors can camp at one of 49 campsites available to the public. Every single one of those campsites has water and electric hookups for campers’ convenience.
- Fontainebleau State Park– developed in 1852 as a sugar plantation by Bernard de Marigny, founder of the nearby town Mandeville, the park sits on over 2800 acres of land by Lake Pontchertrain. The lake is widely used for sailing, fishing, and boating. Because it’s bordered by water on 3 sides, the water system is a great habitat for the 400 different bird species that call the park home.
The beach is also a popular destination for visitors; and the hiking trails are much enhanced. There are 4.8 miles of hiking trails and 1.25 miles of nature trail where you can brush up on your different types of trees and shrubs. Another trail is the rails to trails program. An old railroad track was converted into a useable trail as part of this program making it great for cycling, hiking and inline skating within the park.
Camping within the park is abundant. There are 126 campsites available with water, electricity, fire pits and grills. You can also choose to sleep in one of the parks cabins that are rented out by the night. The Lodge is also an option for staying on the premises overnight with a little more luxury.
- Sam Houston Jones State Park- Lake Charles, LA– This park was named after the 46th governor of Louisiana, Mr. Sam Houston Jones. He helped found the 1,087 acre park. The wildlife is in abundance in the park. Birding especially is popular; visitors can view up to 200 different species of birds throughout the seasons.
Other aspects that make the park so appealing are tree filled lagoons, pine and hardwood forests and many different waterways where the watersports are becoming the most popular activities in the park. Visitors can also brush up on their disc golf skills, rent pontoon or fishing boats, or hike the old Stagecoach Rd. There are 5 hiking trails total, the longest measuring in at 3.1 miles.
Camping is popular throughout the park as well. There are 59 RV and tent campsites within the designated campground areas, plus 8 cabins that can be rented nightly. Plus there are an additional 19 that are tent only campsites. But, all campsites offer a fire pit to sit by and warm up at the end of a long day.
All of these state parks were chosen based on the proximity to the water, amenities and campsites available, and activities that guests can partake in. If you have another state park to add to the list, let us know!
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