Columbus Day Closures
All park sites closed Monday, October 13, for Columbus Day. Follow the link for information about park hours and days and about access to the Barataria Preserve and Chalmette Battlefield/Chalmette National Cemetery on holidays. More »
Barataria Preserve Virtual Tour
Take a virtual stroll through forest, swamp, and marsh on the Barataria Preserve audio tour. Walk down the Bayou Coquille Trail past live oaks and baldcypress trees. Take a right on the Marsh Overlook Trail and learn about Louisiana's disappearing wetlands, alligators, and the preserve's flotant marsh.
To hear the tour, call 504-799-0802 (long distance or cell phone charges may apply). Enter the stop number for the stop you want to hear; for example, press 1 to hear stop 1. Press *0 to leave a comment.
To see what you'd see at each tour stop, visit the Barataria Preserve Virtual Tour Photo Gallery. Enjoy your walk---don't forget to look for alligators!
Did You Know?
Alligators have two eyelids! The second inner eyelid is clear and used like goggles while the alligator is under water. These amazing reptiles have been around since before the dinosaurs, and they are designed for life in the water.