I was scrolling through emails one hot and steamy June 2018 afternoon. You know how it is, thumbing through endless email subject lines that you have no idea came to be in your inbox. (Side note: When did I sign up for so many food and animal rescue email subscriptions?) I landed on an email that I actually open and enjoy each time that I receive it. The LouisianaTravel.com Ambassadors: Bayou Krewe Newsletter is fun to read about what’s going on in Louisiana from other people who love the state as much as I do. In this particular email, there was a “June Challenge” which suggested making a quick road trip or an entire weekend camping with friends at any one of the 21 State Parks. “21 State Parks? Hmmm . . . I want to see them all!” was the thought that went through my head that Friday evening. So, I went to my desk and started plotting out my “21 State Park, One-weekend Road-trip” that I thought I was planning to take in a few weeks. 29 hours and 32 minutes were all I needed to cover the 1456 miles. I went to bed thinking that I may wake up in the morning to start my adventure. That’s exactly what I did.
Starting out Saturday morning, my plan was to hit every State Park in Louisiana by Sunday evening. It was mid-afternoon on Saturday when I realized that wasn’t going to happen. Oh well, I decided to see what I could and start again the next weekend. Here are the 21 reasons to love the Bayou State of Louisiana, in the order for which I visited:
Reason #1: North Toledo Bend State ParkSouth Toledo Bend State Park Sam Houston Jones State Park Palmetto Island State Park Cypermore Point State Park Lake Fausse Pointe State Park Grand Isle State Park Bayou Segnette State Park St. Bernard State Park
Reason #14: Chicot State ParkLake Bistineau State Park Jimmie Davis State Park Lake Bruin State Park Poverty Point Reservoir State Park Chemin-A-Haut State Park Lake D’arbonne State Park Lake Claiborne State Park
If you are looking for a quick road trip, visiting a Louisiana State Park is an inexpensive way to go. Entry fee is only $3 per person. Camping fees vary in ranges, so make sure you check out the website for each park. When you go, here’s what to remember:
- Bring fishing gear
- Pack a Lunch
- Wear appropriate shoes
- Create a travel journal to make notes & add photos (paper or electronic)
- Tag your visits on social media using #OnlyLouisiana and #BayouKrewe (sign up to be a Bayou Krewe Ambassador)
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