UPDATE TUESDAY, MARCH 31: THE BARATARIA PRESERVE IS NOW COMPLETELY CLOSED, INCLUDING TRAILS, PARKING LOTS, BUILDINGS, AND ALL FACILITIES. Closure of the preserve was determined following guidance from the CDC, state and local health authorities, and NPS Public Health Service officers. Learn more at the alerts and conditions page.
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's 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. For special information during hot, humid weather including a hot weather safety map, follow the link.
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!
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!
Last updated: April 8, 2020