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Camping is a great way to focus on family and get out there to experience the outdoors. Fortunately, because we live in Sportsman’s Paradise and have generally mild weather year round, camping can be a year round excursion in and around New Orleans.
Guide to Camping In and Around New Orleans
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park :: 46049 Highway 445, Robert Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park features 450+ wooded campsites, 85 cabin rentals available ($70 – $180/ night), swimming pools, fishing ponds, game room, mini golf, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals, Yogi Dome, RV storage, playground, wet “spray”ground, basketball court, baseball field, laundry facilities, store, and propane filling is available. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park also frequently hosts fun themed weekends and most have a live band or DJ.
To book call 1-800-349-YOGI OR make your reservation requests online HERE.
We live in Sportsman’s Paradise and have a wealth of wonderful state parks that offer camping, hiking, fishing and other great outdoor activities. Fortunately, we have several that are within a 1-2 hour drive from the city that offer up many great amenities whether you choose to camp primitively or even go glamping in an RV.
Fontainebleau State Park :: 62883 LA 1089, Mandeville One of my family’s personal favorites, Fontainebleau boasts a large park covered in mossy oaks and cypress trees with several hiking trails, a beach, a summer spray park, and oodles of deer roaming for your observation. There are two playgrounds, both primitive and campsites with electric and water hookups, as well as some beautifully appointed cabins on the lake that are available to rent. Sunsets and sunrises over Lake Ponchartrain at Fontainebleau are some of the most beautiful you will see, and the park is a quick 45 minute drive across the Causeway from downtown New Orleans.
Fairview Riverside State Park :: 19 Fairview Drive, Madisonville A small yet beautiful park nestled along the Tchefuncte River, Fairview Riverside has approximately 80 campsites with water and electrical hookups and 20 primitive campsites. Amenities at Fairview Riverside also include a playground, bike trails, and fishing along the Tchefuncte, as well as a beautiful views of sprawling oak and cypress trees curtained with Spanish moss and the Otis House Museum. It is also 5 minutes from quaint downtown Madisonville and offers a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere to bond with your family.
Bogue Chitto State Park:: 17049 State Park Blvd, Franklinton Nestled in the hilly terrain of Franklinton, Bogue Chitto State Park is fairly new as it opened in 2010. This state park is beautiful and has plenty for visitors to explore, such as equestrian trails, hiking, a water playground, a beach along the Bogue Chitto River, and even Fricke’s Cave, which is a gorge with delicate sandstone formations. Camping amenities include campgrounds in both the upland forest and bottomland forest, with some sites along the Bogue Chitto River. All sites have electrical and water hookups, some in the Bottomland area also have sewer hookups. Also, there are cabins for rent as well as picnic pavilions, a meeting center, and a lodge overlooking the bluff among all that the park has to offer.
Tickfaw State Park :: 27225 Patterson Road, Springfield Deep in the swamp along the Tickfaw River, Tickfaw State Park offers over a mile of boardwalks and many hiking trails through the natural setting of a cypress-tupelo swamp along with a playground, water playground, canoeing, and biking opportunities. Tickfaw offers 30 campsites equipped with water and electrical hookups as well as 20 campsites with just water hookups and also nicely appointed cabins and a group camp as well as picnic pavilions. Also, Tickfaw State Park is one of 110 sites included on the Louisiana Natural Registry for its well maintained natural habitat.
Bayou Segnette State Park :: 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego A quick 30 minute drive across the the river in Westwego, Bayou Segnette is a great park to experience the great outdoors of Louisiana without being too far from home. Bayou Segnette offers several playgrounds, hiking, picnicking, both saltwater & freshwater fishing, and a wave pool which is open during the summer months. Although it is near the city, Bayou Segnette is like a world all its own with its unique natural setting. Bayou Segnette offers 98 campsites with both sewer & electrical hookups, and the pools are opened from Memorial Day through August 1st for extra summer fun.
St. Bernard State Park :: 501 St. Bernard Pkwy, Braithwaite Only 18 miles from the city of New Orleans and along the Mississippi River, St. Bernard State Park provides a natural atmosphere without having to be too far from the city. The park includes a water playground, swimming pool, playgrounds, and hiking trails as well as nearby Jackson Barracks and the Chalmette National Historical Park are also nearby. Camping amenities include 50 campsites with both water & electrical hookups.
Grand Isle State Park :: Admiral Cralk Drive, Grand Isle Right along the Gulf of Mexico on the “Isle of Plenty,” Grand Isle State Park is a great location to camp for a beach visit, fishing, or just relaxing with a sea breeze and the sound of crashing waves. Featuring 49 campsites with both electric and water hookups, and 10 Beachside tent campsites, Grand Isle State Park is a great destination to spend time in the surf of the Gulf of Mexico. You can enjoy surf fishing, boating, a nice day playing the soft sand of the beach, or even dropping your crab traps for a delicious seafood dinner.
Palmetto Island State Park :: 19501 Pleasant Road, Abbeville Opened in 2010, Palmetto Island State Park is a fairly new and offers a beautifully appointed natural landscape for visitors. Amenities include a 7 mile hiking trail, biking, canoe rentals, a water playground, fishing, and 96 spacious and wooded campsites with electrical and water hookups as well as 30 primitive campsites. There are also several cabins available for overnight stays in this beautiful park surrounded by its namesake, the dwarf palmetto.
Lake Fausse Point State Park :: 5400 Levee Road, St. Martinville Once the home of the Chitimacha Indians, Lake Fausse State Park boasts a remote location, sure to fully connect you with the outdoors with little outside distraction. This state park is loaded with hiking, biking, and canoe trails and also offers great opportunities for fishing and bird watching. It is also near the Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site and offers 50 campsites with both electric & water hookups, canoe and backpacking campsites, as well as well appointed 18 lakefront cabins.
Privately Owned Campgrounds
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park :: 46049 Highway 445, Robert Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park features 450+ wooded campsites, 85 cabin rentals available ($70 – $180/ night), swimming pools, fishing ponds, game room, mini golf, canoe, kayak and paddle boat rentals, Yogi Dome, RV storage, playground, wet “spray”ground, basketball court, baseball field, laundry facilities, store, and propane filling is available. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park also frequently hosts fun themed weekends and most have a live band or DJ. To book call 1-800-349-YOGI OR make your reservation requests online HERE.
Indian Creek Campground :: 53013 W. Fontana Road, Independence Not too far of Interstate 55, Indian Creek is an adorable small campground with loads of fun for the family. Throughout the year, their calendar includes theme weekends for holidays and other fun. Halloween is always a blast at Indian Creek where they feature 3-4 weekends of trick or treating, contests for costumes, campsite decorations, and even pumpkin decorating contests along with fun games like pennies in a haystack, an egg toss, and more. Other campground amenities include paddle boating, canoeing, bike riding, hiking, playgrounds, a spray pad and swimming pool along with campsites with electric, water, and sewer hookups OR primitive campsites. For even more adventure, you can hike down to the Natalbany River to cool off or collect so pretty cool rocks in the crystal clear water.
Land O’ Pines Family Campground :: 7145 Million Dollar Road, Covington About an hour from New Orleans, Land O’ Pines Family Campground has oodles of family fun year round. Their calendar has themed weekends and activities all year featuring Easter egg hunts, July 4th fireworks, Halloween trick or treating, and more. Other campground amenities include a water slide, sandy beach along a shallow creek, a swimming pool, miniature golf, foam parties, a playground and more. Campsites include some with all major hookups, wifi and cable, and others are simplified with just water & electrical hookups. There are also cabins and RV’s for rent, and there is something for everyone at Land O’ Pines.
Sweetwater Campground & Ranch :: 57056 N. Cooper Road, Loranger If you are interested in camping somewhere with a little touch of the Wild West, head on over to Sweetwater Campground! Sweetwater is a quiet family campground is also working ranch with horseback riding! Amenities also include a pool, free wifi, full hookups, a playground, a fishing pond and lots to explore.
Natalbany Creek Campground :: 30218 Highway 16, Amite A little further north of Hammond, you can spend a weekend full of family fun at Natalbany Creek Campground where they have lots of family fun. Like many other campgrounds, Natalbany Creek also features themed events for holidays as well as amenities such as a pool, spray park, a stocked fishing pond, and their Great Xscape Arcade featuring current arcade games. All campsites include level concrete pads and full hookups for your RV.
Cajun Palms RV Resort :: 1055 N. Barn Road, Henderson Right off the Whiskey Bay Bridge in the heart of Cajun Country, you can head over to one of our favorite RV Resorts for the summer, Cajun Palms. Cajun Palms is a large, sprawling resort for RV campers that includes 3 large zero entry swimming pools, one with a tanning deck and a swim up bar, one with two large water slides, and a giant kid’s pool with many mini water slides and a shallow depth where parents can relax while their kids play to their hearts content. Other amenities include a hot tub, another bar, live music, a snack bar for the kiddos, a movie theater, playground, miniature golf, a stocked fishing pond and more. All sites include wifi, cable tv, and full hookups, and if you don’t have an RV, they also have 25 cabins for rent!
Lake End Park :: 2300 LA 70, Morgan City A beautiful park on Lake Palourde, Lake End Park offers a sandy beach, great fishing, and a beautiful atmosphere to spend a relaxing weekend in the outdoors. Campground amenities include a sandy beach for swimming, a beach, playground, and nearby attractions such as Brownell Memorial Park and the Carillon Tower. Campsites include full hookups; there are also tent sites and cabins available for rental.
Poche’s Fish n’ Camp :: 1080 Sawmill Road, Breaux Bridge If you and your family love fishing, then Poche’s Fish N’ Camp will be a blast for your family. In Breaux Bridge, Poche’s boasts five ponds stocked with catfish, sacalait, bream, and catfish. Other amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, campsites with full hookups, and cabin rentals.
Frenchman’s Wilderness Campground :: 2026 Atchafalaya River Hwy, Butte La Rose Located in the Atchafalaya Basin, Frenchman’s Wilderness is a campground that is sure to provide a relaxing and family oriented camping experience. Their events calendar includes many holiday celebrations, most notably, a Courir de Mardi Gras, along with Cajun cook-offs and more. Campground amenities include a pool, two playgrounds, miniature golf, and arcade and camp store. Campsites come with full hookups and there are also cabins for rent.
Cajun RVera :: 713 NW Bypass, New Iberia Near the Acadiana Fairgrounds and SugArena, Cajun RVera is another RV Resort that features a pool, lazy river and splash park for lots of family fun. They also offer live music shows on weekends and themed weekends with activities for holidays and other special occasions. Campsites are full hookups and also include wifi. There are also cabins available for rent.
Reunion Lake RV Resort :: 43234 Highway 445, Ponchatoula Recently opened in May 2016, Reunion Lake RV Resort is a great new location to have a quick weekend getaway with your family. Amenities include campsites with full hookups, 2 pools, including one with a swim up bar; an amphitheater with evening movies, paddleboard rentals, fishing, a playground, and game room and it is only an hour from downtown New Orleans!
Mississippi & Beyond
Little Black Creek Campground :: 2159 Little Black Creek Road, Lumberton Just an hour away from New Orleans, Little Black Creek is a well appointed campground with loads of family activities. Amenities include fishing, swimming or kayaking in their fully stocked lake; hiking, biking, a playground, zip line, equestrian trails, and disc golf. They also offer 100 RV campsites with full hookups or simple hookups along with primitive camping sites and 19 cabins for rent.
Flint Creek Water Park :: 1216 Parkway Drive, Wiggins One of the first places I ever camped, Flint Creek is a great campground if you are looking for a true taste of the outdoors. The campground surrounds a 650 acre lake that includes opportunities for swimming, waterskiing, boating and fishing. Other amenities include the Splash of Fun Waterpark next door as well as hiking trails, bike riding, and scheduled events throughout the year.
Paul B. Johnson State Park :: 319 Geiger Lake Road, Hattiesburg Just two hours north of New Orleans, Paul B. Johnson is a beautiful park on Lake Geiger full of beautiful pine forests. Activities are also widely available and include nature trails, playgrounds, a splash pad, a sandy beach and lake swimming, fishing and boating. The terrain is also hilly and is great for bike riding! They have over 100 campsites with full hookups, primitive camping options and also cabins for rent.
Percy Quin State Park :: 2036 Percy Quin Drive, McComb The first place we ever camped as a family, Percy Quin is one of our favorite places to get away from it all. Just an hour and half from New Orleans, this park is a great place to enjoy nature. The campground surrounds beautiful Lake Tangipahoa, and there are lots of great activities that families can enjoy while visiting like boating, skiing, nature trails, tennis courts, and a swimming pool and playground. There is also an 18 hole golf course! All campsites come with full hookups and there are also many cabins for rent as well.
Lake Lincoln State Park :: 2573 Sunset Road NE, Wesson A little over two hours north of New Orleans, this is another serene park that makes it easy to enjoy the great outdoors. The park surrounds its namesake, Lake Lincoln which allows visitors to go fishing, boating, skiing, and even swimming on the lake’s sandy beach. Other activities include nature trails, biking, a playground, disc golf, and volleyball. Campsites include full hookups and there are also cabins available to rent.
Buccaneer State Park :: 1150 South Beach Blvd, Waveland Just a quick drive from New Orleans in Waveland, Buccaneer State Park is a great place to escape to the Mississippi Gulf Coast for a weekend getaway. Right on the Gulf of Mexico, Buccaneer has over 200 campsites with full hookups. Buccaneer also offers up great views of sunsets, a playground, pool, hiking trails, disc golf, and ample areas for bike riding. In the summer months, the Buccaneer Bay Water Park is also open for additional fun.
Gulf State Park :: 20115 State Highway 135, Gulf Shores, Alabama A great place to enjoy the beach and the beginning of the Emerald Coast, Gulf State Park in Alabama is located right near the beach in Gulf Shores. Gulf State Park is our new favorite place to enjoy a beach vacation without spending a lot. Gulf State boasts a large pool, spray park, tennis courts, bike trails, hiking trails, and most importantly, private beach access. Campsites are large and equipped with full hookups; there are also cabins and cottages available. Gulf State Park is central to downtown Gulf Shores and Orange Beach and is a great way to enjoy a beach vacation while also enjoying the outdoors!
Camp Gulf :: 10055 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin, Florida Nestled right in between downtown Destin and the beaches of 30A, you can enjoy camping and a beach vacation at Camp Gulf. Located in Miramar Beach, Camp Gulf is a great family friendly oasis that is great for families who love both the beach and camping! Amenities include a campsites with full hookups, cabins, a beach house, waterslides, 2 pools, a playground, cable television with each site, and much more.