Whether you live in Louisiana, or plan to visit soon, one of my favorite things about the state is, surprisingly not the delicious/diverse cuisine, but its variety of gorgeous campgrounds.
If you want to spend some quality time with the family or just explore the outdoors on your own, camping is one of the best (and most affordable) summer activities.
Louisiana is one of the best states for camping and outdoor activities such as fishing, hiking, boating, hunting, and more.
At the top of our best camping in Louisiana picks you have Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Campground. Located in Robert, Louisiana, this serene camp-resort brings Jellystone Park — the fictitious national park from the beloved Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Yogi Bear — to life.
When it comes to family vacations, Jellystone Campground has been one of the highest-rated destinations in Louisiana; and for a good reason.
In addition to being close to both New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the camp-resort offers 10 different cabin and lodging options, specialty seasonal pricing, and a wide variety of campsites for tents and RVs.
If you’re looking for recreational activities, look no further. Jellystone Campground offers everything from canoe and kayak rentals, to mini-golf, fishing, and swimming pools.
Finally, the resort holds a slew of weekly events and specials to enhance your vacation and ensure you and the whole family enjoy yourselves, no matter if you want to have fun or simply relax.
Next up, you have Bayou Segnette State Park. Located in Westgo, just 30 minutes away from New Orleans, this park has a variety of amenities to offer depending on your preference for a getaway trip with nature.
Starting at $25 a night, the premium campsite option allows you to experience the authentic, hardy camper experience to the fullest. Not to worry, this accommodation still comes with water and electricity hookups for your convenience.
If that’s too much trouble for you, you can always opt to reserve a cozy deluxe cabin at $150 minimum per night or if you’ve got lots of company with you or just want more space, you can choose the group camp option at $600 a night and can house up to 80 people.
Now that you have decided how you want to spend the night, you can now enjoy the fun activities. You can go boating, fishing in saltwater or freshwater and swimming in the wave pool. If you just plan to relax, you can simply have a picnic while the kids play around at the playgrounds and take in the picturesque view of the swamps and marshes. A great place to soak in the beauty of nature while enjoying yourself.
Another of the best places to go camping in Louisiana, Ponchatoula has Reunion Lake RV Resort, the perfect solution for those who want the less rough side of camping: Glamping! The campground allows you to experience the greatness of mother nature while receiving the treatment of a posh resort.
This resort provides amenities for every member of the family. It has a lazy river for the children and tiki bars for the grown ups as well as poolside cabanas and campgrounds for everyone to enjoy. At just $55 per night in the summer and $45 in the winter, this resort will feel like a luxury vacation in the confines of the great outdoors.
For a fun family adventure farther off in Independence is Indian Creek Campground and RV Park. This park is guaranteed to keep you engaged and occupied throughout your entire stay with activities like swimming, hiking, canoeing and with great spots like game rooms, swimming pools, nature trails, and playgrounds.
Accommodations include primitive tent sites at $22 minimum per night and if you prefer a cozier choice, their cabin rentals are at $55 minimum a night. Just check their calendar first before making a trip because their schedule changes with holidays and special days.
If picturesque sceneries are important for you, head over to Bogue Chitto State Park at Franklinton. With a wide range of cabins, group camp, RV and tent campsites for a good night’s sleep, you’ll definitely feel nature’s welcome waking up to its overlooking sites, canoe launch and equestrian trails.
You’ll also get to see the wonder of nature in the form of a cave carved into spires naturally by erosion: Fricke’s Cave. If you’re itching for a cool swim, the park boasts Rocky Bottom tubing and a water playground area.
North Shore Park boasts of its charming accommodations in the form of campgrounds or lakefront cabins, either of which will leave you in awe of what nature’s beauty has to offer.
Aside from the scenery, the park offers adventures in beaches, nature trails and splash pads for the whole family to enjoy; not to mention the Tammany bike trail, that covers the entire St. Tammany Parish, that offers amazing sites to see while taking up the cool breeze when biking.
To take a break from civilization that isn’t too far out, come over to St. Bernard State Park in Braithwaite.
With campsites starting at $20 a night that already include water and electricity, you can be sure to wake up to beautiful scenery.
You and your family will also get to enjoy fishing, hiking at nature trails or simply taking a dip at their man made lagoons and be one with nature as this is the fusion of wetlands and woodlands.
If you want to get back to civilization but quite yet, the park is located near plantation homes and historic sites for a bonus field trip.
For a camp near clear blue waters is North Toledo Bend State Park, situated on the shore of one of USA’s largest man made reservoirs.
You can rent out a campsite with complete utilities or a climate controlled cabin that feels just like home. With 900 acres of land to explore, the park offers activities like biking, fishing and canoeing for everyone to enjoy for the day.
Situated by Lake Chicot near Ville Platte, Chicot State Park is a great place to camp out and get in touch with nature especially when the Louisiana State Arboretum nearby provides its guests with helpful, informative hikes around the proximity.
Whether you spend your nights in either primitive campsites or lakeside cabins, you can maximize your daytime with activities like canoeing and hiking.
If you’re on a budget but love the beach, we got you. Wake up to the Gulf of Mexico knocking on your door at Grand Isle State Park.
Avid bird watchers will get the opportunity to see different kinds of migratory birds that come around from all over the world.
Anchored on a 5000 acre reservoir, Jimmie Davis State Park is known for its freshwater fishing but that’s not all it has to offer.
At a cheap price, campers can rent out primitive and enhanced campgrounds as well as lodges and cabins. They can also swim in the reservoir or in the park’s pool, too! Great place to be if water is your element.
Kisatchie Ranger District Wilderness Area has campgrounds with most beautiful landscapes to look out for in Louisiana within its 8700 acre vicinity.
The Dogwood Campground in the park’s ranger district has camping grounds for different kinds of portable shelter you plan to bring and offer drinking water and fire pits for your convenience. Here, you can enjoy the best of nature while your basic needs are being covered.
Despite its size, Lorrain Park holds many campgrounds, activities and sites to behold. Found in the east of Lake Charles in Calcasieu Parish, you can find the aesthetic Lorrain Bridge, a historic place of Louisiana and Creole Nature Trail, a path with great scenery to look out for.
This picturesque area offers a number of campsites like the primitive ones in the Wildlife Management Area and has RV campgrounds that offer hot tubs and mini-golf make it perfect for people who like great scenery and have varied preferences.
If you love wildlife, fishing, history and camping, Poverty Point should be next on your travel list. It is famous with fishing enthusiasts all year round who seek rare catches.
It is located around a 2700 acre reservoir so you can appreciate the local fauna around there, especially the Louisiana Black Bear. You can also make a quick field trip to a significant architectural site, Poverty Point historic site, to appreciate some art.
The clear blue waters of Lake Bistineau not only offer boating activities but they also offer camping sites and fun things to do like golf.
It is no wonder that it was named one of the best bass lakes back in 2015. You’ll find yourself occupied by the beauty and fun you’ll experience here.
If you want to try something new, head over northwest to St. Francisville to Tunica Hills Campground.
With tent and RV camping sites and cabins, this fresh private establishment is near the Tunica Waterfalls in the Clark Creek Nature Area, where you can take a dip and cool off for an extra adventure.
Fourteen miles north of I-10 in Henderson, Cajun Palms RV Resort is one of the best campsites in Louisiana, fusing the usual camping and high end amenities and services.
With 300 RV spots for use, they offer hookups that provide electricity, water and sewage for the convenience of campers with 20 feet of space between each concrete pad that allows personal space between RV’s.
If you don’t have an RV, they’ve got 65 cabins for use and 20 of which provide a great view of ponds. Each luxury cabin comes with a refrigerator, kitchen with microwave, charcoal grill and private tub.
For your entertainment, the resort has a clubhouse that can accommodate 750 people. You can make use of its DJ stage, beverage service, gym with pool view, conference room and State of the Art Theatre to enjoy your stay there to the fullest.
Last but not least of the best places to go camping in Louisiana is New Orleans West KOA. If you want a vacation with all that jazz in New Orleans and camping, New Orleans West KOA has got you covered. Found right outside the French Quarter in River Ridge, the campsite has a wide area for RV and regular camping, mixing everything you love about NOLA with the joy of the outdoors.
They offer amenities like a business center, pool, laundromat and a shuttle service that takes you around the tourist spots of NOLA. The perfect solution if you plan to kill two birds with one stone.
While the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, you’ll still be able to visit most of Louisiana’s state park campgrounds/campsites and private RV campgrounds and go camping in Louisiana. However, keep in mind, there are some restrictions and regulations in place that you will need to follow.
If you want more information, or want to know if a specific campground is still open, I recommend contacting the campground directly. With a quick Google search you should be able to find the proper contact information.
I hope you enjoyed this list of amazing Louisiana campgrounds. If you end up visiting one, please let us know how much fun you had (or didn’t have). This will help others when searching for a place to camp in the Pelican State.