What to do in St Bernard State Park

St. Bernard State Park is the ideal spot for visitors who are seeking a family atmosphere and natural experience, as well as for campers who don't want to or cannot stray far from civilization. Many campers consider combining a camping vacation with a touring vacation of the New Orleans area. The Chalmette National Historic Park, Jackson Barracks, and other historic sites and plantation homes are also nearby.

A local family business donated the land for St. Bernard State Park to Louisiana in 1971. Today, St. Bernard State Park provides a much-needed recreation area, as well as relaxing and enjoyable surroundings for anyone wishing to experience a portion of Louisiana's natural beauty.

Natural Haven

Fishing Opportunities AboundWoods, Wetlands, and Wildlife

Located right along the Mississippi River, the park contains a network of man-made lagoons which provides a peaceful, natural setting for relaxation. Woodlands meet wetlands in St. Bernard, resulting in a diverse habitat for wildlife, including rabbits, raccoons, opossums, squirrels, turtles, alligators, and a wide variety of birds. The nature trail through the park is the perfect way to introduce children to the joy of discovery in nature.

Picnic tables, barbeque grills, restrooms, and a large, covered pavilion complete with a grill are ideal for a family outing. The swimming pool and bathhouse will delight youngsters and their families all summer long. Visitors may also launch their boats one-tenth of a mile from the park's entrance in the Caernarvon waterway and experience some great fresh and salt water fishing.

Camping with Convenience

Overnight camping facilities include 51 sites, each equipped with water, electrical hook-ups, a picnic table and a barbeque grill. A nearby bathhouse offers hot showers and laundry facilities to make camping more comfortable. Restaurants, grocery, a drugstore and other conveniences are located a few minutes away in the town of Poydras. St. Bernard State Park is the perfect destination for campers seeking the best of city convenience along with the serenity of an excursion into the woods.

Camping, swimming, wildlife viewing, picnicking

located approximately 18 miles southeast of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish. Follow I-10 to I-510/LA 47 south to Chalmette. Take a left on LA 46 and proceed through Violet to Poydras. Turn right onto LA 39 south at Poydras. The park is located one-half mile on the left between Caernarvon and Braithwaite. Or, from the French Quarter, take North Rampart (LA 46) south through Violet to Poydras. Turn right onto LA 39 south to Caernarvon. The park is located one-half mile on the left. To reserve a campsite or picnic pavilion, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA toll free (877-226-7652).

Southern Louisiana experiences a subtropical climate that's warm throughout the year. Winter months bring low temperatures near 40 degrees F and highs above 55 degrees F. During the summer expect high temperatures to reach 95 degrees F frequently, with mid-afternoon showers. Humidity is highest in August and September.

501 St. Bernard Parkway
Braithwaite, LA 70040

Phone: 504-682-2101 or 1-888-677-7823

Email: stbernard@crt.state.la.us
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