A great vacation doesn't have to involve flying or traveling across the country.
If you're itching for a little adventure on the cheap, look no further than one of Louisiana's many fantastic camping spots.
Here are the top five outdoor getaways in the pelican state.
Chicot State Park - Ville Platte, LA
This is a great park settled on 1,400 acres of serene hills and wetlands in South Central Louisiana. Chicot has 90 campsites that range from completely secluded to communal for family gatherings. If you don't have an RV, the park incudes air-conditioned cabins on the water that are well-maintained and reasonably priced
The nearby Louisiana State Arboretum lets you get back in touch with nature – and get your steps in – with its six miles of walking trails that wind through beautiful, preserved wilderness.
Kisatchie Ranger District Wilderness Area - Provencal LA
The only national forest in Louisiana, Kisatchie National Forest spans across seven parishes, has 40 established campgrounds, 19 mountain biking trails and 400 miles of walkable paths.
The Kisatchie Ranger District in Natchitoches Parish is tongue-and-cheekily named the Little Grand Canyon, because unlike the rest of the state, it isn't entirely flat.
If hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, back country camping or glamping sounds like you're type of staycation, then Kisatchie could be a peaceful and downright fun place for you.
Fontainebleau State Park - Mandeville, LA
Nestled on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, Fontainebleau State Park is a beautiful spot full of ancient oaks and rich history. The park features a sandy beach, water playgrounds, fishing and scenic hiking paths through its saltwater marsh.
Located less than an hour away from downtown New Orleans, Fontainebleau is isolated enough to get some peace and quiet, but central enough to entertain those who bore easily.
In addition to its 200 campsites, the park also offers glamping accommodations for $99/night, pet-friendly cabins for $175/night, and a 65-person group camp for $300/night.
Cajun Palms RV Resort - Henderson, LA
Don't want to rough it in the wilderness? Cajun Palms RV Resort is a great glamping destination for you and your family.
This place is huge! The park itself houses more than 400 RV spots and 65 cabins. Of course, with so much to do, you probably won't spend much time in your living quarters.
Check out these attractions!
- 3 swimming pools
- 2 water slides
- Hot tubs
- Swim up bar
- Indoor theater
- Mini golf course
- Prehistoric park
- And more!
If you're looking to kick back and relax while the kids keep themselves entertained, Cajun Palms is the way to go.
Palmetto Island State Park - Abbeville, LA
Palmetto Island State Park is the perfect place for a quiet adventure. The park, which opened in 2010, offers an authentic southern outdoors experience that's fun for all ages. Palmetto's backcountry sites ($9/night per person) are isolated, but accessible – great for introducing young children to backpacking.
Rent a canoe and explore south Louisiana swamps, go biking on nature trails or spend your day at the campground's beloved visitor center.
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