Barataria, Louisiana 70036


Barataria Professional Guide

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"During the nineteenth and twentieth centuries this region developed as a community of fishers who harvested shrimp, oysters, crab, and finfish. Minks, muskrats, and alligators were harvested for their skin and fur. Plantations along the bayous of Barataria grew rice and sugarcane. Canary Islanders settled and farmed near present-day Crown Point. Today travelers come to sample modern-day Cajun culture as well as to explore one of Louisiana’s most beautiful gems— the Barataria unit of Jean Lafitte Historical National Park and Preserve.

Die-hard anglers come to drop their achy-breaky hooks into the surrounding waters that teem with redfish, bass, speckled trout, flounder, king mackerel, red snapper, amberjack, white trout, pompano, and cobia. Whether you’re canoeing through the same swamp Jean Lafitte and his men lived in, enjoying a Cajun two-step at a lively fais do do, or reeling in the one that didn’t get away, this Day Trip less than thirty minutes from New Orleans will give you a taste for what makes the city’s history and culture so unique."

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"Moss-draped oaks, placid green waters of a cypress-tupelo swamp, and lots of wildlife make the Barataria Preserve Trail a must-visit when in the New Orleans area. Three separate trails, mostly boardwalk, make up the path through this national park preserve. Amazing wildflowers line many of the paths; crawfish mounds dot the landscape; ruby-throated hummingbirds dart about; and don’t be surprised if you come up on a white-tailed deer walking the boardwalk." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
One day to several days
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