French Quarter

EASY 47 reviews

French Quarter is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New Orleans, Louisiana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

trail running

walking

river

views

city walk

historic site

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.

27 days ago

Too crowded for actual exercise.

hiking
2 months ago

Bourbon street on a Saturday night. Construction really put a damper on things.

walking
6 months ago

Visited the area a few years back and walked around in the early evening before things got very crazy. Very enjoyable without the crowds

6 months ago

busy and loud at nite, much like red light district in Amsterdam.

Decent food and drink but prepared for tourist prices.

A sight to see for anyone passing through new Orleans.

walking
7 months ago

Architecture and sights are great but bring a clothes pin for the nose.

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

The Quart'a for the locals is always an adventure. Lots of culture and lots to do....completed this area numerous times.

walking
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Definitely one of the most fascinating places in the world. Many great landmarks such as The splendidly decadent Royal Sonesta hotel, or the historic Jean Lafitte's Blacksmith Shop - later turned into a pub and also offering live music - known in more recent times for being frequented by Tennessee Williams. It is one of the most unaltered buildings in the city. Thre are several houses where Tennessee Williams lived. Lots of antique shops and restaurants with absolutely exquisite Louisiana food. Unique architecture (despite the name, most of the original French buildings had been destroyed in several big fires, so the ones standing today had been built when Louisiana belonged to Spain). Several "haunted houses," voodoo shops and places to listen to some great jazz. Famous beignets to enjoy at many cafes, especially Cafe du Monde and Cafe Beignet. The whole French Quarter has a very mysterious, unusual feel to it. You can walk every street up and down many times and never have enough. You can feel the past epochs in the air, it seems. It is extremely interesting to visit the courtyards which you cannot see from the streets. It is a pity that it is not closed to car traffic with all those precious historical buildings. Very interesting museum at the old Cabildo building. Picturesque St. Louis cathedral. The historic Ursuline convent, now a museum, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Two notable equestrian statues; one of Joan of Arc and the other of Andrew Jackson. Statue of the hilarious Ignatius J. Reilly is there too. During Mardi Gras the Quarter is entirely transformed and gets unbelievably loud and crowded, with beads and "Hand Grenade" cocktails filling up Bourbon Street to the brim.

walking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful urban walk. You get great views of the river and of the skyline of New Orleans.

walking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Always a fun walk.

walking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Bourbon St triggers my involuntary eye roll reaction.

walking
Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Beautiful, urban setting. Crowds can slow down your pace. Great for a leisurely walk with live Jazz in the background.

walking
Monday, December 12, 2016

New Orleans - French Quarter. Great place to explore. One of my favorite places in the U.S. Great food, great people and so much history. I could walk the streets a hundred times and never get bored.

walking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

Not a trail but plenty to see. Lots of history but to see it there's a trade off.
nice architecture = lots of drunks restaurants =dude in a skirt hit on me music=bum wanting $ after peeing in the street.

walking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Such a nice walk, just make sure you walk during the day!

walking
Friday, June 24, 2016

Not quite sure I would consider this a trail...great history. Walked the length of the city as we'll. Very dirty and crowded.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Not a trail, an interesting walk but sketcy.

walking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

One of my favorite places on earth! Laissez les Bon temps roulez!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Now, this is funny. I am 62 and have been hiking this trail for years without knowing it. Be careful of the wildlife.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Walk and shop

Sunday, July 19, 2015

LOL FRIDAY NIGHTS

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Walk it sober at 5am Thursday thru Sunday. You will see what a zombie apocalypse looks like. Watch out for broken glass and oyster shells. Seeing people in this stupor will make you control your alcohol intake.

walking
Thursday, August 14, 2014

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.

walking
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Probably the most famous (or infamous) street in America. You can't come to New Orleans and not see Bourbon Street. Been here many times.

walking
Monday, July 07, 2014

Lots of places to fill your canteen on this trail...

Monday, July 07, 2014

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.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Definitely not a nature type of hike, but there are definitely some animals to watch, and some "wild life" along the way. One of a kind street, the only one like it in America, and worth the experience. You find some major crowds during Mardi Gras, moderate crowds on any given night, all hours of the day or night.

walking
Thursday, January 16, 2014

I find it hard to remember all of my late night ramble on Bourbon street. I guess that's a recommendation in itself because I remember it was real fun.

walking
Thursday, January 16, 2014

Must do when visiting NO

hiking
Monday, June 17, 2013

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.

walking
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This was a fun, bar hopping, hike. You definitely need to go during the day time because you get to see all the store fronts. Plus they have happy hour drink specials. Going at night is also a must because the streets come alive and there is so much to see. There is also a lot of rich history and interesting shops to see other than just bars.

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