Let’s go camping! 7 Louisiana campgrounds to explore the great outdoors

Camping is an affordable way to get out of the city for some family bonding time while exploring the great outdoors. The activity offers an interesting way to unplug during the summer, and our Sportsman's Paradise offers plenty of places to experience the family pastime. Here's a list of places to go camping around Southeast Louisiana.

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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Campground

This camp-resort in Robert, La, brings the fictional Jellystone Park popularized the Hanna-Barbera cartoon character Yogi Bear to life. With close proximity to both Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Jellystone Campground has been rated a top Louisiana destination for family vacations. The park features 10 different cabin and lodging options with seasonal pricing options, as well as, hundreds of RV and tent campsites. Recreational activities include kayak and canoe rentals, fishing, mini golf, swimming pools and even a basketball court. You can also check out an updated calendar with weekly events and specials to ensure the perfect amount of fun and relaxation for your family.

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Bayou Segnette State Park

Only a 30 minute drive from New Orleans across the Mississippi will take you to Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego, La. The park has nearly 100 premium campsites with water and electrical hookups. If you’re too scared to rough it out completely, there’s also an option to reserve a deluxe cabin or a group camp. Fees for premium campsites start at $25 per night. Reservations for deluxe cabins start at $150 per night. Group camps are $600 per night and accommodate up to 80 people. In addition to camping, guests can enjoy boating, fishing, picnicking, playgrounds and access to the wave pool. Fishing at the park can be done in either salt or freshwater and common catches include bass, catfish, redfish, bream, and perch. Plus, just when you’ve had enough fun, sit back, relax, and take in the incredible views from both swamp and marshland.

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St. Bernard State Park

Located in Braithwaite, La., St. Bernard State Park offers a happy medium for campers looking to get off the grid without travelling too far away from civilization. The park offers 51 campsites with water and electrical hookup starting at $20 per night. With great views, fishing sites, nature trails and man made lagoons perfected for relaxation, this state park combines the beautiful woodlands and wetlands of Louisiana. St. Bernard State Park also sits in close proximity to historic sites and plantation homes for those who can’t immerse themselves in nature for too long.

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Reunion Lake RV Resort

If you know you won’t make it on the wild side of nature, maybe glamping is more your style. Located in Ponchatoula, La., this luxury RV campground combines outdoor fun and activities with the amenities of a luxury resort. Standard nightly rates start at $55 in the summer and $45 in the winter. With poolside cabanas, a lazy river for the kids, a beautiful campground, and adult tiki bars, this park has something for every member of the family.

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Indian Creek Campground and RV Park

If you want to venture out a bit, go family camping at Indian Creek Campground and RV Park in Independence, La. The rustic park features amp sites, primitive tent sites and cabins. The campground also boasts amenities such as swimming pools, canoeing, playgrounds and game room. Primitive sites start around $22 per night, and cabin rentals start at $55 per night. The park also has swimming, hiking, and nature trails. Be sure to check out their calendar which is tailored for special events and holidays.

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Bogue Chitto State Park Campground

At Bogue Chitto State Park in Franklinton, La., visitors can experience a variety of scenic views and natural habitats. The park has five cabins overlooking the bluffs and a group camp to accommodate larger groups. Visitors can also take advantage of more than 80 tent and RV camp sites. Nature lovers will also find a canoe launch and 14 miles of equestrian trails. To beat the heat there’s a water playground area and tubing with Rocky Bottom Tubing. Be sure to checkout Fricke’s Cave, a Louisiana natural wonder, with delicate sandstone spires crafted by the water eroding the sandstone.

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Fountainebleau State Park

Guests can enjoy the rustic charm of the campground or the scenic setting of the lakefront cabins at the North Shore park. The park features more than a hundred campsites, a primitive group camping area and cabins. Fountainebleau State Park also has tons of other activities for families including a splash pad, a beach, and several nature trails for to explore. Plus, the Tammany Trace bike trail runs through all of St. Tammany Parish and has beautiful views throughout.

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