The American state of Louisiana has a lot more to offer than New Orleans and Mardi gras. The region is also home to some of the country’s finest state parks for camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities.
One of the best is Palmetto Island State Park, which sits about six miles to the south of Abbeville. The camp has outdoor camping with 96 sites as well as cabins that are located near the Vermilion River.
There’s one boat launch available which leads to the fabulous river where you can fish and boat.
The park is also home to a meeting room, water playground, nature center, canoe launch, walking trails, and four picnic pavilions, etc.
The 1,300 acre park is very new as it opened to the public in October of 2010. The park is quite picturesque with interior lagoons and interesting animal and plant life.
The park offers visitors an ideal outdoors south Louisiana experience with some wonderful scenery and activities to keep you busy. The cabins are pretty large if you’d prefer to sleep indoors as they can hold up to eight people quite comfortably.
They’re situated among pretty foliage and trees and come with a bathroom, full kitchen, fireplace, and screened porch. The campsites come with electrical and water hook-ups.
The trails offer some excellent scenery and you can also get a workout rowing a boat or canoe. If you’d like to use Palmetto Island State Park as a base for touring the local region you’ll find there are lots of nearby historical attractions to visit.
The best of these are: the Abbeville Cultural and Historical Museum and Art Gallery, Cypremort Point State Park, Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, the Louisiana Military Hall of Fame and Museum, A.A. Comeaux Park, the Sam Guarino Blacksmith Shop Museum, the White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area, the Acadian Museum of Erath, Le Café du Musée and Jungle Gardens.
These sites will give you a good glimpse at the local history and culture, not to mention the chance to enjoy some amazing Cajun food.