We left Davis Lake on the 25th of October after a very pleasant stay and began our journey to Bayou Segnette State Park just outside New Orleans.
We continued down the Natchez Trace Parkway towards Jackson Mississippi. As mentioned in another post, the Trace is a pretty and an easy drive, no commercial traffic. The speed limit is limited to 50 mph. There are many stops along the way, which document the history of the area over the years.
We left the Trace at Jackson Missippi and picked up I55. What a shock! I55 south of Jackson is a mess. Lots of construction and very very rough. Such a stark difference from the Trace!
Bayou Segnette State Park
Once we entered Louisiana, we realized we were making better time than usual on our travel days. Our reservation at the State Park was for Thursday, but we could easily make it to the park before 5:00 pm. Joy phoned and they confirmed they had a spot for us.
We arrived at the park and the main office was closed, but the camp host told us to find our site and setup for the night and take care of the paperwork on Thursday.
What a beautiful campground! Probably the largest sites we have seen in any ‘organized’ campground. The campground has a camping area, picnic area, wave pool, boat launch (fishing is very popular here), free laundry facilities and a dump station. When you check in, they provide you with a little information package with very useful information!
There a few hiking trails that take you over the ‘swamp’ a little spooky at first, but you get used to it after awhile. Joy likes to sing to herself, “I don’t like spiders and snakes “(by Jim Stafford) as she walks over the wooden pathways.
Word of caution
One word of caution, at 9:00 pm the main gates close and you need to take an ‘after hours’ entrance to get in and out of the Park. It is a completely different way into the park. We did not check it out until we arrived one very dark night and had to find the entrance. It took us a while lol. Next time we would check out the after hours entrance during the daylight 😀.
It should be noted that on one side of the park is a motor sports track and on the other side, there are air boats that leave every hour and they are quite loud. After a while you get used to the noise. At first it was a bit of a shock.
Here are few pictures taken in and around the park.