The Absolute Best Camping Near New Orleans

Written by Cindy Rasmussen
Published: September 17, 2022
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If you are visiting New Orleans, Louisiana, and want to experience everything there is to see and do in the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the surrounding area, you will probably want to set aside several days to see it all. Instead of staying at a hotel or resort, there are plenty of amazing campgrounds near New Orleans with various options. From luxury waterfront RV sites to primitive backcountry camping, there is something for everyone. Read on for the absolute best camping near New Orleans.

1) New Orleans RV Resort and Marina

New Orleans RV Resort and Marina is located on Lake Pontchartrain, a brackish estuary connecting to the Gulf of Mexico.

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If you want to stay close to the French Quarter and on the lake, the New Orleans RV Resort and Marina is the place to stay. It is located on Lake Pontchartrain, a brackish estuary connecting to the Gulf of Mexico. It is no secret that due to the mix of fresh and saltwater, there is an enormous mix of fish for some of the best fishing in Louisiana. Speckled Trout are a favorite, but you can also catch catfish, redfish, and bull sharks (depending on the time of year).

The RV Resort has all the amenities of a resort, but you can have the comfort of your own camper. There is a swimming pool, hot tub, bar, and grill right on the premises, and a marina with boat slips where you can keep your boat after a day on the lake. The campsites have full hookups; some are waterfront sites with built-in patios. You can also rent villas, including 3 floating villas docked right offshore. You can see why the New Orleans RV Resort and Marina is one of the absolute best places to camp near New Orleans.

LocationNorth of Downtown on Lake Pontchartrain
Distance from New OrleansOnly 12 minutes from the French Quarter
RV sitesYes, all have full hookups, some Premium Waterfront sites available
Tent sitesNo, tent camping is not allowed
VillasYes, variety from 3 bedrooms to Tiny houses
Floating VillasYes, 3 floating villas docked at the marina
Picnic Tables at each siteAt the RV sites
Fire Pit at each siteSome sites
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, swimming pool, hot tub, marina with boat slips, Bar and Grill, Convenience Store
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestWaterfront campsites right near downtown!

2) Bayou Segnette State Park Campground

Bayou Segnette State Park has 98 RVs or tent sites, with all the sites having water and electricity.

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Another great campground near New Orleans but also near a lake is Bayou Segnette State Park. It is located about 15 minutes SW of downtown New Orleans, just over the Mississippi River. The fishing on Lake Cataouatche is also first class, with an option to fish for saltwater or freshwater fish from the boat launch area. Some popular catches are bass, catfish, bream, and redfish. Within the park, you can also hike one of the many trails through the marshland and swamps, where you have to keep your eyes peeled for alligators.

The campground area has 98 RVs or tent sites, with all the sites having water and electricity. There is a wave pool and playground for fun with the kids and a group shelter for family gatherings. All campsites are centrally located and close to all the amenities.

LocationSW of downtown
Distance from downtown New Orleans15 min (12 miles)
RV/Tent Sites98 sites, all with water and electric
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, wave pool, playground, group shelter
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestCampground with a Wave Pool and Playground!

3) New Orleans KOA Holiday

New Orleans KOA Holiday Campground is close to the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River.

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North of the Mississippi River and west of downtown is a nice KOA Campground resort for RVs and Tent camping. It is one of the absolute best places to camp near New Orleans because it is close to the French Quarter, Jackson Square, and the Mississippi River. You can hike and bike along the Mississippi River Trail for miles. Keep an eye out for some wildlife that lives along the shores of the Mississippi, including beavers, otters, and muskrats.

The campground has nice fenced-in sites for privacy, with sites for RVs and tents. There are also two cabins available to rent. You can enjoy the swimming pool, planned activities, and the Kamp K9 for your pets. A great central location for all the activities in the “Big Easy.”

LocationWest of downtown, just north of the Mississippi River
Distance from downtown New Orleans20 min (16 miles)
RV sitesYes, full hookups, some with patios
Tent sitesYes, gravel pads with water and electric
Deluxe CabinsYes, 2 cabins, one sleeps 4, one sleeps 6, include private bathroom, partial kitchens
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, swimming pool,
Pet FriendlyYes, Kamp K9
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestSome of the best amenities!

4) French Quarter RV Resort

French Quarter RV Resort is only a few blocks from the French Quarter.

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For one of the closest RV parks to the French Quarters, the French Quarter RV Resort is an excellent option. This upscale RV resort is only a few blocks from the French Quarter for easy access to the nightlife and all the restaurants and shops. A beautiful gazebo is next to the outdoor patio with a swimming pool and hot tub. Although you are right in the city, plenty of trees and landscaping give it a natural feeling.

There are 52 large paved sites with full hookups and cable TV. There is a clubhouse with a fitness center, business office, and laundry facility—an excellent choice as a home base for exploring New Orleans.

LocationRight in downtown New Orleans
Distance from French Quarters.8 miles (15 min walk)
RV sitesYes, 52 large sites with full hookups
Tent sitesNo, not available
Picnic Tables at each siteNo
Fire Pit at each siteNo
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, laundry, swimming pool, hot tub, clubhouse, fitness center
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestWalking distance to the French Quarters!

5) St. Bernard State Park Campground

St. Bernard State Park Campground has 51 RVs and tents campsites with sites spaced nicely from your neighbors for more privacy.

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A little further out, but still one of the absolute best places to camp near New Orleans is the St. Bernard State Park Campground. This is your classic camping experience with wooded campsites and a long nature trail right in the park. Great for backpacking, hiking, and mountain biking. The swamps and marshes along the trail are popular for birding, with sightings of herons, egrets, and ibises being common. There are several man-made lagoons in the park for kayak or canoe exploration.

The campground has 51 RVs and tents campsites with sites spaced nicely from your neighbors for more privacy. Each site has electricity and water, and some have sewers as well. There are picnic tables and fire rings at each site so you can kick back and relax around the campfire before turning in for the night. A great place to make some classic camping memories!

LocationSE of downtown
Distance from downtown New Orleans30 min (15 miles)
RV/Tent sites51, all with water and electric
Picnic Tables at each siteYes
Fire Pit at each siteYes
AmenitiesRestrooms, showers, water playground
Pet FriendlyYes
ReservationsYes
What makes it one of the bestA classic camping experience!

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I'm a Wildlife Conservation Author and Journalist, raising awareness about conservation by teaching others about the amazing animals we share the planet with. I graduated from the University of Minnesota-Morris with a degree in Elementary Education and I am a former teacher. When I am not writing I love going to my kids' soccer games, watching movies, taking on DIY projects and running with our giant Labradoodle "Tango".

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Sources
  1. St. Bernard State Park Campground, Available here: https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/st-bernard-state-park
  2. New Orleans KOA Holiday, Available here: https://koa.com/campgrounds/new-orleans/
  3. Bayou Segnette State Park Campground, Available here: https://www.lastateparks.com/parks-preserves/bayou-segnette-state-park
  4. New Orleans RV Resort and Marina, Available here: https://www.neworleansrvresort.com/
  5. French Quarter RV Resort, Available here: https://www.fqrv.com/resort/