Barataria Preserve Trails and Waterways

A green anole rests on a wide blade of grass

Look closely at trailside vegetation: you may see an anole hiding in plain sight.

Waterways note: Most waterways are currently impassable due to heavy aquatic vegetation growth over the course of several years. The National Park Service is working to secure funding for longterm waterways management. At this time, do not plan to canoe or kayak in the preserve; information will be posted here if the situation changes.

The main page for the Barataria Preserve includes hours and days of operation, program listings, and other useful information; you may also want to look at the preserve's .page of frequently asked questions. The preserve trail map and trail descriptions (you're welcome to download and print these pdfs) show distances, trail types, picnic areas, restrooms, roads, and waterways and describe history, habitats, and what you may see on your walk.

The Bayou Coquille Trail, Visitor Center Trail, and Palmetto Trail are wheelchair accessible.

The brochure for a self-guided tour of Pecan Grove is available here (459kb pdf). You can also pick one up at the preserve visitor center.

For an armchair "walk" along the Bayou Coquille and Marsh Overlook Trails via photos and phone, check out the Barataria Preserve Virtual Tour.

If you're interested in the health asprects of your Barataria activites, check out the Active Trails program and get involved in future planning!

A crawfish mound on the forest floor

When crawfish dig deep into the ground during a dry spell, the tower of dirt they kick up behind them is called a crawfish mound.

Summer in south Louisiana brings mosquitoes, heat, and high humidity. When you walk or paddle the preserve, you'll want to bring along a hat, insect repellent, and bottled water. Move a little more slowly to avoid overheating and you may see details that you could otherwise speed right by!

Trail Tips

  • Stay on boardwalks and trails.
  • Food is not allowed on the trails. Wild animals should never associate humans with food. Do not feed animals.
  • Leave plants and animals as you find them. Do not pick flowers or dig up plants. Do not tease or try to catch animals,insects or reptiles.
  • Follow these links to read about safety and pets at the preserve.

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