Camping the 50 States: RV Parks and Campgrounds in Louisiana

June 9, 2010
One of Louisiana’s iconic residents, the local gator

One of Louisiana’s iconic residents, the local gator
Photo by: Pam Roth (Stock Exchange)

Good morning, campers! In an earlier post here on AllCampgrounds, we discussed the ongoing oil spill situation in the Gulf states. As a Florida resident, this means a lot to me and so, I’d like shine the spotlight on some prime camp grounds around the Gulf, starting with Louisiana.

This state sure has overcome some troubles in the last few years, but the locals’ resilience, spirit, and humor has seen them through it all. And now, they could sure use a visit from all of us campers! Just to shake things up a bit, we’ll start with RV camp grounds.

Tent camping? You’ll get to see your home away from home next time!

Betty’s RV Park: Betty’s RV Park prides itself on the cozy, community atmosphere that it offers visitors, with 17 RV sites. Found in south central Louisiana, it stands at the crossroads of some of the best Cajun country restaurants in the state. Beware, though, that Betty’s is an “adults only” establishment; it’s one of the only RV parks I’ve seen that offers “happy hour” in an enclosed lounge with top local cuisine. With plenty of great galleries and testimonials on the website, you can really get the flavor of the place.

Lakeside RV Park: Claiming the title of “south Louisiana’s favorite RV park”, Lakeside offers more than just RV camping grounds. With fishing, swimming, activity pavilions, and playgrounds for both kids and pets, travelers have everything they need for a great vacation. There are 139 RV sites here with total 30 and 50 amp hookups; and if you happen to swing by without your trusty rig, you can also choose from a selection of fully stocked cabins. Sightseeing opportunities include Civil War-era estates, world-class golf courses, casinos, and the one-of-a-kind city of Baton Rouge.

Abbeville RV Park: Located around the same vicinity as Betty’s above, Abbeville RV benefits from the same exposure to Cajun culture and hospitality. The park offers 55 sites in a shady, secluded setup that’ll make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a wilderness paradise – even though it’s only two short miles from its namesake city. You can also enjoy a mile-long nature trail. Staying at Abbeville, Betty’s, or any other south Louisiana camp grounds? You should also check out the Vermillion Parish tourism website (“The Most Cajun Place on Earth!”) for local events and festivities, which are plentiful!

Cajun Palms RV Resort: Are you a fan of camping RV resorts? Cajun Palms, out of St. Martin Parish in southwest Louisiana, might be for you. With 300 “deluxe” sites for RVs, you’ll enjoy full hookups and special features like digital cable, fishing pond, hot tub, exercise room, an arcade, and a pool complete with beverage service. Twenty “themed” cabins run the gamut of tastes from Harley-Davidson and NASCAR to safari, crawfish, and even Disney themes. Once again, take a peek at the St. Martin Parish tourism site for things to see and do while you’re based in Cajun Palms.

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