Louisiana RV Campgrounds Near National Parks

Louisiana RV Campgrounds Near National Parks
Louisiana is a state rich in human and natural history. Creole, Cajun, French and American culture all come together in the rural areas and cities of Louisiana. Swamps, bayous, rivers, saltwater flats and coastal plains grace the landscape of the state known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." The National Park Service oversees several parks, cultural heritage sites and national monuments in the state. RV camping can be found next to the parks, sometimes on national forest land.

Cane River National Heritage Area

Cane River National Heritage Area is a park designed with colonial forts, Creole plantations, churches, archaeological sites, transportation routes and commercial centers that give visitors an overview of the history of the region. Cane River is located in western Louisiana along the river of the same name. RV camping is allowed in the adjoining land at the Kisatchie National Forest. RV sites have water and 30-amp electric hookups, and pets are allowed if leashed.

Kisatchie National Forest
2500 Shreveport Highway
Pineville, LA 71360

Cane River National Heritage Area
452 Jefferson Street, Suite 150
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is located in New Orleans along the levies and flood plains of the coast. As of early June 2010, the National Park Service reported that none of the sites were affected by the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Visitors can learn about both Cajun music and alligators at Jean Lafitte. There are no campgrounds within it, but next to the park are several state campgrounds including Bayou Segnette State Park, which is 10 minutes from Jean Lafitte and allows RV camping. Reservations are recommended. Pets are allowed if leashed and are not allowed in the lakes.

Bayou Segnette State Park
7777 Westbank Expressway
Westwego, LA 70094

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
419 Decatur Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Poverty Point National Monument

Poverty Point National Monument is in northeastern Louisiana close to Natchez and illustrates the immense building achievements of former native cultures--akin to the Maya--and the stone monuments they built in the area. There are no campgrounds within Poverty Point, but there are several RV campgrounds next to the monument. Chemin-A-Haut State Park is within 20 minutes of Poverty Point and offers sites for RV campers wishing to explore the national monument. Visitors are advised to make reservations during the spring and fall, as RV sites fill up quickly. The sites have water and 30-amp electric connections, and pets are allowed.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park
14656 State Park Road
Bastrop, LA 71220

Poverty Point National Monument
P.O. Box 276
Epps, LA 71237

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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