The state of Louisiana is aptly named “A Sportsman’s Paradise.” With an abundance of natural resources and amazing landscapes, our state offers amazing options for the outdoor enthusiast. That’s more important than ever during a global pandemic. As we all do our best to stay safe at home, it’s also vital for our wellbeing that we get out and enjoy the great outdoors. Today we look at 5 incredible hiking trails a short drive away from New Orleans.
1. Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Trail
Jean Lafitte National Park Barataria Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Marrero, LA (9 miles from New Orleans). The trail is perfect for the lover of the outdoors with beautiful wildflowers, swamps, and is good for all hiking skill levels. If you’re brave, you can even get close enough to snap a photo of an alligator! Learn More.
2. Bogue Chitto State Park Gorge Run Trail
An hour and a half from New Orleans, the Bogue Chitto State Park Gorge Run Trail is a moderate, 6.2-mile loop trail located near Franklinton, LA featuring a beautiful lake. Enjoy the trail that is perfect for hiking, horses and mountain biking. Learn More.
3. Clark Creek Natural Area
Just across the Mississippi border in Woodville, this is probably the most rugged (and most rewarding) trails on our list. Rated as moderate, this 4.5-mile loop trail features a half-dozen small waterfalls, and you can go down as far as 12 feet into the stream. Learn More.
4. Lafitte Greenway
The Lafitte Greenway is a testament to this community. After a groundswell of support, an old abandoned rail corridor was turned into a 2.6-mile long linear park. The Greenway features recreational facilities, year-round fitness and cultural programming, beautiful green space, and it even has innovative stormwater management features to keep your walking and biking safe and dry! Learn more.
5. Bonnett Carre Spillway Trail
Located just 29 miles from the Lake from New Orleans, the Bonnett Carre Spillway Trail is a 5.5-mile loop trail near Laplace, LA. The dog-friendly, moderate trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and mountain biking. The Spillway area is also a great place to put your ATV in the mud! Learn More.
6. Tammany Trace
Located in nearby Abita Springs (45 miles from New Orleans), this almost 30-mile, paved former railroad bed that runs from the Abita Springs Tourist Park to the St. Tammany Tourist Info Center. You can also enjoy a grassy/dirt horse trail that runs alongside most of the paved trail. I found the horse trail more enjoyable to travel on. The trail features several beautiful bridges and a boardwalk over a classic Louisiana swamp. Of course, don’t make the trip without stopping by the Abita Brewery. Learn More.
How to Get There!
Load up your bikes, dogs, and walking shoes, and spend your warm-weather weekends (or weekday pandemic days) at any of these amazing hiking trails!
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