Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve


Jean Lafitte was a New Orleans “privateer” (a.k.a. pirate) who assisted General Andrew Jackson in the fight with the British after the War of 1812 had officially ended.  In addition to three Acadian Cultural Centers spread throughout southwestern Louisiana and a small visitor center in New Orleans’ French Quarter, the NPS also offers trails and boat tours (fee) through the bayou.



Barataria Preserve, Chalmette Battlefield, French Quarter, boat tours

Must-Do Activity

Every American needs to visit the French Quarter at least once in their life, but also make sure you visit the 24,000-acre Barataria Preserve to experience the bayous of Louisiana, whether you hike or take a boat.

Best Trail

South of downtown New Orleans off Highway 45 in the Barataria Preserve, keep your feet dry by hiking the boardwalks on the Bayou Coquille Trail.

Instagram-worthy Photo

Look up when hiking in the bayou to find huge spiders, like this golden silk orb-weaver.


Peak Season

Summers are muggy and buggy, but the park’s many visitor centers are closed only two days per year: Christmas and Mardi Gras.




Road Conditions

All roads paved


None in the park, but in 2016 we camped at Bayou Segnette State Park in the suburbs of New Orleans.

Learn about the region’s music, food, and culture at the French Quarter visitor center in downtown New Orleans.
Exhibits in the Old U.S. Mint are free
Hiking the boardwalks on the Bayou Coquille Trail.
Spanish moss drapes from the trees in the humid climate of the Mississippi River delta.
The bayou stretches for miles in the undeveloped areas around New Orleans, Louisiana.

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