French Quarter is a 0.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New Orleans, LA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Historic Jackson Square, originally known in the 18th century as "Place d'Armes," and later renamed in honor of the Battle of New Orleans hero Andrew Jackson, is a timeless attraction in the heart of the French Quarter of New Orleans. Jackson Square is in the heart of the French Quarter or Vieux Carre (Old Square) in New Orleans, Louisiana, surrounded by the Mississippi River, St. Louis Cathedral, the Cabildo and Presbytere, and the Pontalba Apartments. Jackson Square was called the Place d'Armes by the French and Plaza de Armas by the Spanish. This was the area where the militia drilled and the citizens met. It also was where public hangings, and beheadings were carried out. The Place d'Armes, site in 1803 of the Louisiana Purchase ceremony, was renamed Jackson Square in the 1850's in honor of Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 and later President of the United States. Today Jackson Square is a beautiful landscaped park. A statue of Andrew Jackson, victorious leader of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, stands in the center of the square. The park is landscaped in a sun pattern, with walkways set like rays streaming out from the center. Surrounding the park is a flagstone pedestrian mall. Along the fence of Jackson Square, you can find artists who assemble each day, where you can have your portrait or caricature done, and view the artists at work. There are various sorts of street performers who entertain on a daily basis here: musicians, break dancers, tap dancers, jugglers, acrobats, tarot card readers, mimes, and clowns.
Such a nice walk, just make sure you walk during the day!
One of my favorite places on earth! Laissez les Bon temps roulez!
Walk and shop
I asked my wife to marry me in Jackson Square in front of St. Louis Cathedral a few years ago. The French Quarter has so much history.
Definitely go by Cafe du Monde and get some beignets.
I fell in love with New Orleans after only one short walk around the French Quarter. It was the first of many, and I moved there briefly. I still miss it to this day. It's truly a one of a kind unique experience, and the "energy" alone there, combined with the people watching opportunities make it one of the best walks in the country.
Must do when visiting NO
This is a nice little walk. You get to see a lot of the historic sites of the city and you get to meet a wide range of people. There are a lot of buildings and places to see so this hike should take you more than one day. Everything is beautiful and the wide variety of cultures you get to experience is fantastic.
If you're visiting New Orleans, the best way start your day is to walk the Riverwalk. If you remember the famous line in the Wizard of Oz "Follow the yellow brick road" in New Orleans it's "Follow the red bricks" if you do! the path takes you all the way to Jackson Square and you'll experience the sounds, smells. Because you'll see food vendors, artist selling their painting, musicians everywhere. The two most important task is to see Jackson Square and Cafe du Monde, The rest comes after. There are many places to see, rest assured will take a couple days. If you ever leave New Orleans without seeing this two places? the Airport security will send you back to Cafe du Monde, because you forgot to have a cup of Au Lait with a Beignet before leaving New Orleans. :)