Port Hudson State Historic Site Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"We move just a few miles north of I-10 to Baton Rouge and Port Hudson State Historic Site with this fascinating hike back in time to the Civil War battle that was fought here. Port Hudson was one of a series of fortifications designed to protect New Orleans during the war. This trail will take you to the redoubts, breastworks, and Fort Desperate, the only fortification that the Union army couldn’t take in the battle.
We move away from the Gulf to just north of Baton Rouge to the town of Jackson, where we fi nd another wonderful hike to the past through a Civil War battlefield. This time it’s at the Port Hudson State Historic Site. Following the fall of New Orleans during the war, the Confederacy knew they needed to fortify the banks of the Mississippi River in order to keep the waterway out of Union control. Their response was to build a series of forts along the river, including Port Hudson."