Pre-Mardi Gras Camping in New Orleans!!

I've been wanting to cross the border, and I thought this might be the perfect time to do it. This is the weekend before Mardi Gras, so people who can make a long weekend of it can even choose to stay through Mardi Gras!

Fontainebleau State Park: http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ifontaine.aspx
Krewe of Isis Mardi Gras Parade: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/schedule/parade-route/parades-isis.html

Barataria Preserve: http://www.nps.gov/jela/barataria-preserve.htm


Fontainebleau State Park is on Lake Ponchartrain and still has plenty of improved sites for $16 a night. You can put 2 tents or 6 people on each site, and there are showers, etc. nearby. To reserve your site, visit www.reserveamerica.com. Search Fontainebleau State Park. Choose "Campsite (Improved)". Then click on the map icon next to a campsite. I have reserved site CI068 for Friday & Saturday nights. The ring of sites near me are the closest to the bathrooms and showers.

Saturday during the day we will hike in Jean Lafitte National Historic Park in Barataria Preserve and visit the Audubon Zoo.  This is one of the top 10 zoos in the country.  Saturday night we will drive to Metairie to see the Isis Mardi Gras Parade.

Sunday morning we will do a city hike of the French Quarter and some historic sections of New Orleans.  This will be how we begin our morning.  We will park near Harah's Casino.  We will run just inside the front doors, all put a dollar in a slot machine, see who gets lucky, and move on with our hike.  Then we will head to the RiverWalk Marketplace where the ferry is that will take us across the Mississippi and back.  From there we will hike along the riverwalk to the French Marketplace.  We will head toward St. Louis Cathedral and take a short break to have a beignet and coffee at the Cafe du Monde.  We will take a little trek down Bourbon St. and head up to St. Louis Cemetery #1, the oldest cemetery in the city where Marie Leveau (Voodoo Queen) and many others are interred.  After heading through Louis Armstong Park, down Orleans residential district, and down beautiful Royal St. (known for its art galleries).  We will then catch the St. Charles Streetcar at Canal St. and head to the Garden District where we will see spectacular historic and celebrity homes.  (More to come)  :-)

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  • Nadia

    Looked like a great trip!

    February 17, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    It's hard to imagine a better group to have spent Mardi Gras with. Just remember, guys...what happens in New Orleans stays in New Orleans. :-)

    2 · February 12, 2013

    • samir

      Deal Jennifer what happens in bourbon street stays in bourbon street

      February 12, 2013

  • L

    I have not gotten a campsite yet, does anyone have space on theirs, I have a small 2 person tent. I am going to head out Friday around 5:30pm so I will be getting in late. I have room if anyone else is leaving out late and wants to carpool.

    January 26, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Yes...that would be fine, Patrick. Lindsay, my space is full now, but the sites are only $16.

      January 28, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Lindsay...please call me. [masked]-0936.com

      February 8, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Samir or Puja please give me a call for the lowdown on the campsites. [masked]

    February 8, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I'm waiting on the bus now. The downtown area is...ummm...interesting...at night.

    February 7, 2013

    • margaret

      I wish I would have known you are going to be taking bus, I would have gone with you. I know we have not met, but if you would like to travel in the future, taking bus, etc. I would be interested. I will keep your phone number for future.

      February 8, 2013

  • Puja

    alright, i rsvpd yes...i m not for certain what the plan is...but i'll role with it. andrea, r u coming ? samir, message me your phone # so we can talk.

    February 1, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Yay! Samir's back in the game! :-)

      February 7, 2013

    • samir

      YES Iam back. Jennifer I always enjoyed hiking with you guys see you soon

      February 7, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    My phone number is[masked]

    February 7, 2013

  • Mike

    Sorry I forgot to change my RSVP I have to work this weekend? sux

    February 7, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I had someone say they wanted to camp in my site, but I think they have dropped out now. Nobody else has confirmed to share my site, correct?

    February 6, 2013

    • Puja

      me me me!

      February 6, 2013

    • Puja

      please, thank you.

      February 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Patrick. I have contacted the New Orleans outdoor meetup group. Their organizer is going to find a member willing to pick us up with our stuff at the bus stop, drive us to the state park, pitch our tents, and drive us back to the French Quarter so we can spend the day playing. She will be getting back to me with the exact details. Just wanted to let you know that we should be fine and can take our camping stuff on the bus with us. :-)

    February 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I need to know the final headcount of who is going on this trip, how you are arriving, and what time and where you will be arriving. Please get back to me asap! This is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We cannot just leave this to chance that it will all just work out. If you don't contact me today to confirm what your plan is, I will assume you are not going. Thanks! See you this weekend! :-) Patrick, please call me at[masked]

    February 6, 2013

  • Rose

    I am thinking about going to New Orleans this weekend and was wondering if there was space available in a car leaving Friday evening.

    February 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Patrick and I will be in NOLA Friday morning, but we will have no way to get to the campground. Is anyone getting into NOLA at a decent time Friday night? If not, none of us will have a place to sleep that night. Please let me know.

    February 6, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I was just contacted by someone who lives near NOLA. He said that we are camping right near a nice 28 mile bike trail, so some people may want to bring their bikes. :-)

    February 4, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    There are still campsites available. You can put 2 tents with up to 6 people on each site. I have a monster 10x10 6 person tent that someone can use if they need. Please get on the Park website. You want to reserve a site in the New Campground area near the restrooms. We have reserved in the 60's sites. http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ifontaine.aspx Click on the ReserveAmerica button.

    February 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks great! David B. - could I share your camping spot with you? I'm going without any guests, so it'd be just me and my small tent.

    Will anyone be staying through Monday?

    January 11, 2013

    • David B.

      Patrick, sorry but something very important came up & I can't make this trip, will call the park to see about transferring it, will update ASAP!

      January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Any word David.... I've been communicating with Andrea, she and I would like to use your site and will of course reimburse you for it. Perhaps a handwritten letter stating that you agree to Andrea and I using the site would be sufficient? And we would then present that letter to the folks at the campground.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Please update your RSVP's for this trip. Thank you! :-)

    February 1, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Puja already said you are in. I'll be taking Megabus up, but riding back with you guys. :-)

      February 1, 2013

    • samir

      thanks Jennifer and glad to have you riding back with us

      February 1, 2013

  • Puja

    I want to come for this trip, but work till 5 pm on Friday. I can drive out on friday evening, only if there is atleast 1 other person with me. I don't mind driving, i have a honda crv that can accommodate 4 people with luggage. I also don't mind riding with someone else.
    let me know what you guys think.

    January 30, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Puja, I would also gratefully accept a ride back to houston... if there's room. and if not, the bus is always an option as well.

      February 1, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      Patrick, I'm booked for 11:59 Thursday night.

      February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Who else is arriving Friday night and at what time? If Patrick and I take the bus, we would need someone to pick us up in the city on your way in. One of us has to arrive at the park before 10pm. Thanks!

    February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    The first person who checks in will get a code to the gate that we can forward to everyone else. You can come in at any time after that. There are no electric camping sites left, but there are primitive sites nearby that can still be reserved. If you have not reserved your site yet, I recommend you do so immediately. The sites only allow for 2 tents, so keep that in mind. They aren't like the state parks we have been to here in TX.

    February 1, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Hey gang! My carpool just fell through. Can anyone fit me in who might be leaving Friday morning?

    January 30, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      I'm thinking the 11:59 pm on Thursday night putting us there early Friday morning. We can get some sleep overnight on the bus. The bus lands in a good part of New Orleans that is already alive at that time in the morning. We can have some breakfast and play around all day if you like.

      January 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great! I'll get an 11:59pm ticket ASAP.

      January 31, 2013

  • L

    Sounds fun, any more details on camping or fees?

    January 24, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Ok...so this is the beautiful thing about this type of meetup community. Outdoorsy people tend to love camaraderie and just being friendly. The leader of a New Orleans outdoors meetup group contacted me today to lend her assistance with our trip. She is getting me info on the nicest hikes in the area at this time of year. It turns out we're camping in just the right spot! The first trail she recommended is right where we will be camping. I have invited her and her group to join us for camping. We'll see what happens! :-)

    1 · January 23, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    David and I have another spot in our carpool. David has a cooshy SUV with plenty of space for gear.

    January 22, 2013

    • Jennifer B.

      I think we filled it already, but if that changes I'll let you know. :-) Who else still has room in their carpool?

      January 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Aww ok

      January 23, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    I just updated the post for this event with more info, a map, and pics I took yesterday while I was there.

    1 · January 11, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    In the front seat-top story of the Megabus on my way to NOLA. Yay! My ticket cost $8.50...not bad!

    1 · January 9, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Can everyone please update their RSVP's and let us know if you have reserved your campsites or not? I need to start narrowing down the plans. Everyone also needs to start talking about their carpools. Thanks!

    January 9, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    Think I'm going to spend the day in New Orleans tomorrow to check everything out. I'll let you all know what I find out.

    January 9, 2013

  • David B.

    I reserved a campsite near yours (CI070), will be happy to share with others!

    January 2, 2013

  • Jennifer B.

    You will need to bring all of your basic camping supplies, so try to pack light. We will be near restrooms and showers. More details have now been posted above.

    December 31, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    Josh & I would like to go up on Friday. Our car has had an attitude lately. If we can ride in someone else's carpool, we have an extra 4 person tent someone can use, and you can share our campsite. :-) I don't mind helping with the driving.

    December 31, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    Fontainebleau State Park is on Lake Ponchartrain and still has plenty of improved sites for $16 a night. You can put 2 tents or 6 people on each site, and there are showers, etc. nearby. To reserve your site, visit www.reserveamerica.com. Search Fontainebleau State Park. Choose "Campsite (Improved)". Then click on the map icon next to a campsite. I have reserved site CI068 for Friday & Saturday nights. The ring of sites near me are the closest to the bathrooms and showers.

    December 31, 2012

  • Jennifer B.

    Ok, gang...time to start getting your input on what you would like to do on this trip. Are you interested in doing more hiking or sightseeing? Or would you like to do an equal amount of both? This is for you all, so I'll try to include as many suggestions as I can.

    December 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'd like a hike (:

      December 10, 2012

  • Celia

    Okay, I'm looking at the schedule and I am wondering... Is it actually going to happen the way it's written? If I'm going to NOLA to party, that's one thing. If I'm going to hike, I want to hike.
    I can get lit and rowdy in the privacy of my own home with fear of being arrested or asked to leave.

    What exactly do you mean by "I fly by the seat of my pants a lot"? I didn't enjoy the PFSP trip because of the severe lateness/ lack of information.
    I don't enjoy being hours from home with no info and the organizer running late. That isn't cool at all.

    Maybe you should let someone that is more structured plan something once in a while. I've notice that you have booked up a lot of the weekends. Most folks here are pretty friendly and won't post competing hikes out of courtesy, not lack of desire.

    Thanks for your understanding.

    December 10, 2012

  • Ben

    sounds fun- but It depends on my work load sorry for the late change in RSVP hope you all have fun..

    November 26, 2012

  • Celia

    Maybe (this this is a gew months away)....

    November 26, 2012

  • Nguyen

    "maybe" :)

    November 20, 2012

  • Hughy C.

    I may be out of the country at this time.

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm a 'maybe' at this point, but interested.

    November 20, 2012

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