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Barataria Preserve (Jean Lafitte National Historic Park)
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero, LA 70072
National Park: Birding, Hike, Picnic, RV, Walk, Water Sports
The Barataria Preserve outside Marrero offers a taste of Louisiana’s wild wetlands. The preserve’s 23,000 acres include bayous, swamps, marshes, forests, alligators, nutrias, and over 200 species of birds. Boardwalk and dirt trails wind through the preserve; check out the trail map, enjoy a self-guided tour, or explore with a cell phone tour. Waterways can be explored by canoe or kayak; hikers and paddlers can check out the preserve map here. Exhibits at the preserve visitor center highlight how the Mississippi River built Louisiana’s wetlands, the national importance of the area, and the relation between the land and its people. Barataria Preserve is part of the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve.