RVers are constantly on the lookout for a new outdoor paradise to experience and enjoy. Luckily, there are thousands of places to explore. One state with an abundance of natural beauty is Louisiana. There are numerous state parks and RV parks to set up camp. Whether you are searching for a spot along a stream or a park with all the amenities, Louisiana offers lots of options where you’ll find something for everyone–hiking, boating, biking, canoeing, fishing, swimming, birding, touring, and so much more! The following is just a sampling of the many things to do in Louisiana:
Gardens and Wildlife – When you’re ready to slow down and smell the flowers, the American Rose Center Gardens, located outside Shreveport, is the place to go. The Rose Center offers 200 varieties of roses in 20,000 individual plants. Not far away, in Greenwood, is the Gator and Friends Alligator Park and Exotic Zoo. This is no small petting zoo! They have over 200 alligators, plus zebras, llamas, camels, and an impressive variety of the deer species.
Bass Fishing – Like all bass fishing fanatics you probably dream of landing the big one. In that case, Toledo Bend, in the spring and winter, is where you’ll want to be. The lake is filled with largemouth bass and when the days are comfortable, they are biting. Every year there have been caught, just around a dozen bass weighing more than 10 pounds. Spring is the best time to go and shallow bushes in the winter are your best bets. Another great place is Red River which has hosted the Bassmaster Classic.
Beaches – You’ll find private and state park campgrounds around the Gulf Coast region. Most private campgrounds are small–only 11-35 sites–so you’ll want to make reservations well in advance. Most are open year round. Island House RV Park, located on Grand Isle, has only recreational vehicle and trailer sites. Burn’s Point Boat Launch and RV Campground, also have facilities for launching boats. Grand Isle State Park, south of New Orleans, has 49 pull-through sites with electric and water hookups. If the shore conditions are right, beach camping might be available. Palmetto island State Park, near the coast and the Vermilion River also has campsites. Holly Beach is one of the rare Louisiana Gulf side beaches that is accessible by road. It’s a wonderful place to watch the sun set while listening to the sound of rolling waves.
Nature on Display – Lake Bistineau State Park is a wonderful place to enjoy nature. Catch fish from the bank or just watch birds and squirrels along nature trails. Bayou Segnette State Park is located about a half hour from New Orleans. Here, you’ll find Lake Cataouatche, Lake Salvador, and a wave pool for all your water recreation needs. If that isn’t enough water for you, Lake Pontchartrain isn’t too far away. The park has nature trails and cypress lined bayous for you enjoyment. White Kitchen Preserve, Slidell, LA, offers a one of a kind swamp experience. The marsh has a boardwalk over it and there was swamp boat tours available. You may see herons, barred owls, red-bellied woodpeckers, and more. There has been a bald eagle’s nest there for over 80 years. If you’re a birder, then you’ll want to visit Cypress Island Preserve. Their rookery has more than 300 bird species within 30 miles of the park.
Louisiana offers so much more that it’s impossible to cover in just one small blog post. There are big cities, historical sites, and so much more. You can’t go wrong with a visit (or two, or three) to this beautiful state.