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The Best Walking Trails in New Orleans

  • September 05, 2020

Image by Ryan Kosmides


In case you didn’t know, New Orleans is filled with beautiful walking trails right in the city. From the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center to Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, be sure to take a stroll through these parks while visiting New Orleans.


Audubon Louisiana Nature Center

One of the most popular places to escape to nature in New Orleans is at the Audubon Louisiana Nature Center. Located in New Orleans East, the Nature Center features miles and miles of diverse walking trails, not to mention several educational sites like a planetarium, botany center, and an Interpretive Center. Hike options include a mile-long boardwalk trail and two more secluded, mile-long trails. Each is free of charge and the park is open to the public from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily.


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Barataria Trail

Just 30 minutes south of New Orleans lies one of our favorite walking trails, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Barataria Trail. Inside this giant park and preserve is where you’ll find this 4-mile long boardwalk trail. If it’s classic Southern scenery you’re after, that’s what you’ll get here. Expect to walk amongst delicate wildflowers, oak trees, and floating marshes. You’ll also want to keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife, including alligators!


Bayou Sauvage NWR Ridge Trail & Boardwalk

If spotting wildlife is your top priority, then going for a walk on the Bayou Sauvage NWR Ridge Trail & Boardwalk is a must. This national wildlife refuge is nestled in New Orleans East and is home to all kinds of species, from alligators to birds. Its main trail will have you walking through lagoons, the Madere Marsh, and several open green spaces. There is a short boardwalk just under a mile in length, as well as the lengthier, one way Ridge Trail that is 6.8 miles long.


If you’re looking to explore New Orleans’ best walking trails, then you’ll want to book a room at the Best Western Plus Westbank. Just a short distance from some of the best parks and outdoor areas in the city, we combine quality service and luxe amenities with an unbeatable location.


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