Louisiana is known for its vibrant Creole and Cajun culture, jazz music and Mardi Gras festival – and some of the most unique landscapes in the country. From the mighty Mississippi River to tranquil bayous, rivers, lagoons and sloughs to explore by canoe or kayak, there’s plenty of opportunity for outdoor adventure. This is our pick of the best places to go camping in Louisiana, from secluded sites accessible only by water to luxury canvas tents secluded amid forests.
Franklinton in southern Louisiana has small-town charm, epitomized by the festivals held throughout the year – including the Washington Parish Free Fair, Pioneer Christmas and Mardi Gras. There’s also plenty of local farms, particularly for watermelons and blueberries, where you can pick-your-own produce. The Bogue Chitto State Park is just a 10-minute drive away, and has more than 7mi (11km) of nature trails, 14mi (23km) of equestrian trails, 11 lakes stocked with freshwater fish, a river for kayaking, tubing and paddling, a disc golf course, and plenty of campsites.