Buried in the Deep South among the beautiful bayous are Louisiana’s campsites. Whether you are looking for a quiet spot along a stream to pop up a tent or a fun RV park where you can chat with your RV-er neighbors, Louisiana has a little something for everyone. Steeped in history and the Creole and Cajun cultures, just about anywhere you go in this state is ripe with diversity. Every state has some fantastic camping opportunities, but we think you will want to start planning your Louisiana camping vacation after reading this article.
Glamping in One of the Expansive State Parks
State parks are a big part of what makes Louisiana so much fun to visit. Louisiana State Park camping is something every family can enjoy. Glamping (which is just short-hand for ‘luxury camping’) is hugely popular and worth it for those who like camping but don’t want to feel like they are roughing it.
Glamping is a relaxing experience that the Louisiana State Parks brings in their partnership with Tentrr. Book your glamping reservation at one of these eight state parks:
- Chicot State Park, Ville Platte
- Fontainebleau State Park, Mandeville
- Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle
- Jimmy Davis State Park, Chatham
- Lake Claiborne State Park, Homer
- Lake D’Arbonne State Park, Farmerville
- Lake Fausse Pointe State Park, St. Martinville
- South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco
Social distancing won’t be an issue. You get 10 acres all to yourself.
Take the Family to Kisatchie National Forest
One of the places that kids love is Kisatchie National Forest. This forest is divided into five districts and has over 604,000 acres. There, you and your family can enjoy panoramic views and interact with Louisiana’s vast wildlife.
The Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area and the National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Area are two hot spots that visitors frequent. In the Kisatchie Ranger District, the former offers visitors a total of nine scenic overlooks, 12 miles of wilderness hiking trails, a national scenic byway that spans 17 miles, 20 miles of canoeing down the Kisatchie Bayou, and 50 miles of multi-use trails. You can do everything from backpacking to bird-watching, horseback riding, to bicycling. In other words, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities to do in Kisatchie National Forest.
You Can Visit Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground
Did you love watching the Yogi Bear cartoon as a child? If you want to feel genuinely nostalgic, head on over to Yogi’s Jellystone Campground in Robert. Located near Baton Rouge and New Orleans, this campground has consistently been rated as one of Louisiana’s most family-friendly camping spots.
You can pick from 10 different cabins and lodgings as well as hundreds of camping and RV sites. You can rent canoes and kayaks, go mini-golfing, fish, hit the swimming pool, and play some basketball on the court. They also host weekly and seasonal events that keep the fun times rolling.
That’s not to mention their abundance of convenient amenities, such as laundry facilities, storage areas for RVs and golf carts, and a propane filling area. Brightly colored and kid-friendly, Jellystone offers a Jr. Ranger Program that teaches kids between the ages of 12 and 15 how to be responsible, build character, and engage in good work ethics.
An Abundance of RV Spots
If you plan on hauling it down to Louisiana in an RV, you will be happy to know that you can find many camping spots that have slots open for RVs. Atchafalaya River Basin in the Wildlife Management Area has some of the most top-notch RV camping amenities. This location even offers hot tubs!
Tunica Hills Campground is another popular spot for RV-ing. It has some stunning cabins too, but RV’ers get plenty of space too. This campground is situated right next to the Clark Creek Nature Area, home to the stunning Tunica Hills Waterfalls. Picturesque and relaxing, Tunica Hills offers RV’ers a quiet spot to enjoy Louisiana’s wildlife.
Louisiana’s cities sure offer many fun events and gorgeous views, but Louisiana becomes this tranquil and soothing environment once you get out into nature. Camping in any capacity in Louisiana is bound to bring some fond memories for you and your family or friends.