St. Bernard State Park, Braithwaite

#30 of 35 in Nature in Louisiana
State Park · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
St. Bernard State Park is a state park located in the American state of Louisiana, on a tract of land in St. Bernard Parish, between the towns of Poydras and Caernarvon. Though located only approximately eighteen miles southeast of New Orleans, attendance had been fledgling at the park for years, ranking among the least visited in the state.
The St. Bernard State Park was created in 1971 when the land that the park sits on was donated to the state by local businessman and former State Senator Lynn Dean and his wife Jackie. The park operated for 34 years as the only state park in the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish area until it was severely damaged by storm surge from the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. The park (along with Fort Pike State Historic Site) remained closed for more than a year due to the severe damage.
Prior to the landing of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard State Park included the following facilities as compared to that which is available at certain other Louisiana state parks:
St. Bernard State Park suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The park was re-opened with a ceremony Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 4 p.m. with ceremonies by then Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, local dignitaries, local choirs, followed by hayride tours of the site, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • Wonderful State Park, close to the French Quarter. The park, is clean with easy to park sites. The staff is friendly, and helpful. Ginger is the best. I would stay again when in the area.  more »
  • Very quiet campground. I appreciated the fact that they locked the gate at 9:00pm. Staff was very nice. We seen armadillos, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels and possums. Clean bathhouse. Great rates...  more »

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