National Parks in Louisiana

Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Location: Natchez, LA

The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. Generations of the same families of owners and workers, enslaved and tenant, lived on these lands for over 200 years. The park tells their stories and preserves the cultural landscape of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, two of the most intact Creole cotton plantations in the United States.

Fees: No fees

Hours Info: Interior access to the Oakland Plantation Store is open with reduced capacity from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. from Wednesday to Sunday. The Oakland Plantation Main House is open for self-guided tours on Saturday and Sunday only from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with limited occupancy. The grounds, trails, and visitor restrooms are open daily at Oakland and Magnolia Plantations from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Guided grounds tours of plantation outbuildings are available Wednesday through Sunday. Closed federal holidays.

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El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail

Location: Various States TX,LA

Explore a diverse array of histories contained within El Camino Real de los Tejas’ 150-year life, including the Spanish struggle to missionize American Indian nations, the growth of cattle ranching in the Mexican period, and the movement for Texan independence and statehood.

Fees: There are no user or entry fees for El Camino Real. Fees may be charged at some trail-related federal, state, or locally owned historic sites and interpretive facilities. Please contact individual trail sites before visiting for more information.

Hours Info: El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail is not a clearly marked hiking trail. Instead it is a route that passes through communities, urban areas, public lands, and Wilderness. The route travels across a variety of land ownerships and management, including private land. Each location varies as to the hours of operations and access. Please contact individual trail sites before your visit for more information.

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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park And Preserve

Location: New Orleans, LA

In Jean Lafitte's day, silver and gold filled a pirate's treasure chest, but today's treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte.

Fees: Admission to park visitor centers is always free. Most park programs are free; any fees are always noted on program descriptions. We do not sell the Park Pass at any of our sites, but you can buy one online at

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New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park

Location: New Orleans, LA

Only in New Orleans could there be a National Park for jazz! Drop by our visitor center temporary location at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve French Quarter Visitor Center at 419 Decatur Street to inquire about musical events around town. In the mood for a world class musical experience?

Fees: Admission to park visitor centers is always free. Most park programs are free; any fees are always noted on program descriptions.

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Poverty Point National Monument

Location: Epps, LA

Now a nearly forgotten culture, Poverty Point at its peak 3,000 years ago was part of an enormous trading network that stretched for hundreds of miles across the continent. It was - and is - also an engineering marvel, the product of five million hours of labor. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America’s most important archeological sites.

Fees: $4 per person; Free for seniors (62 and over) & children 12 and under. Groups are asked to call in advance.

Hours Info: Poverty Point National Monument is managed by the state of Louisiana. Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Vicksburg National Military Park

Location: Vicksburg, MS,LA

To Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Vicksburg was the "nailhead that holds the South's two halves together." President Abraham Lincoln remarked "Vicksburg is the key" to victory, and could be the north's lifeline into the south. As the federals closed in on the Fortress City, they were met by a ring of forts with over 170 cannon. The resulting battle would determine the war's outcome.

Fees: Valid for 7 days

Hours Info: Beginning Wednesday, May 26, the Visitor Center will reopen at a reduced capacity from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm daily. All park grounds are open from 8 am to 5 pm daily with last vehicle entry at 4:40 pm. The USS Cairo outdoor exhibit is open however, the USS Cairo Museum remains closed. Public restrooms are open at the Visitor Center and USS Cairo.

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National Parks in Louisiana