Camping the 50 States: Tent Camping in Louisiana

June 11, 2010
One of Louisiana’s “lucky” blue herons

One of Louisiana’s “lucky” blue herons
Photo by: Pam Roth (Stock Exchange)

Howdy, AllCampgrounds fans! As promised, here’s a look at the best digs for tent camping around Louisiana.

Remember, all campsites throughout the state are currently open for business, so don’t be afraid to visit – you’ll be more than welcome! Last time, we did a whole slew of RV parks and campgrounds, so this time it’s on to tent camping.

And there are plenty of choices here, too!

Jellystone Park: The park named for the home of that famous talking bear is a wild wonderland for kids. During the summer camping season, you can get all day unlimited use of pedal boats, canoes, and kayaks, not to mention continuous access to the mini-golf course. With almost 400 individual camp grounds and nearly 100 cabins to rent, you’ll never be lonely or want for something to do at “Jellystone.” Kids can enjoy the Yogi Bear Fan Club or learn about social responsibility with the Jr. Ranger program, which encourages youngsters to get involved volunteering. As you can see from the official calendars, pretty much every day has events, with new themes every week!

Tchefuncte Campground: A great camping park with a funny name, Tchefuncte (chuh-FUNK-tuh) is found right on the 48-mile river called by the same handle. The center of camp life here is the terrific recreation center that often plays host to live bands. Between thrilling live shows, the place has much to offer hikers, swimmers, and anglers of all experience on the river. It’s also convenient to Fairview-Riverside State Park, with 100 campsites on just about as many acres. From Fairview-Riverside, you can get a close look at Louisiana’s precious wetland habitats.

Hidden Oaks Family Campground: Another top choices for families and campers of all ages, providing a full docket of weekend bands with a bayou flavor and week-long events rocking local and national holidays around the calendar. Come by for the Mardi Gras celebration, annual H.O.G. rally, the Strawberry Festival, or a delicious crawfish boil, among many more. Tent camping abounds no matter your preference, with sites offering electrical hookups or plain “primitive” camping year ‘round. RVs are welcome, too!

Kinkaid Lake at Kisatchie National Forest: With a beautiful lakeside setting nestled within the 604,000 acre pine-covered hills of Kisatchie National Forest, Kinkaid Lake is one of the most inviting public camp grounds in the state of Louisiana. There are plenty of sites to choose from whether you want to enjoy miles and miles of forested hiking trails, equestrian riding, or fishing. Kisatchie is peppered with lakes serviced by totally modern camp grounds with equally modern flush toilets for your “camping bathroom.” Planning a reunion or get-together? Kisatchie is a perfect choice for group use.

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