French Quarter is a 2.9 kilometer 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: 2.9 km Elevation Gain: 1 m Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly





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.

1 month ago

Wear proper hiking attire of beads and glitter. Make sure you bring plenty of hydrating liquors for your walk. You want to be as drunk as possible when you get to the quarter to help ease you into the crowds and stench. Pro-tip tie your beads together to create a buddy link. It’s easy to lose your way or your friends and this will at least keep you from losing your friends. 5/7 would recommend

3 months ago

One America's best walking cities with incredible history and unusual architecture and cuisine. Exploring New Orleans is one of the highlights of the whole country and cannot be overstated.

11 months ago

Nice to walk around New Orleans and see the wonderful sights. Felt safe the whole time even at night.

Tue May 28 2019

This is a must go place in NOLA. I didn't follow the route but came to the French Quarter at least 3 times during the visit. Unfortunately the smell of the area is not very present, some streets are shady but buildings are so interesting to look around. Have fun and be safe! 05/28/2019 #22

Sun Jan 13 2019

I did this as more of a hike than a walk because I was short in time. It’s a great way to see some of the highlights in the French Quarter, but I highly recommend allowing a couple of hours to shop, eat and watch the performers along the way. Don’t blitz the Quarter, cruise it! I especially enjoyed the band playing in Jackson Square. Those guys are amazing!

Fri Dec 28 2018

crowded yet worthwhile in light of the fact this is a city walk ! thoroughly enjoyed this splendid city

Thu Nov 08 2018

Beautiful architecture! Music and good food everywhere!

Tue Jul 31 2018

Fun walk through the historic streets of downtown New Orleans. Great architecture.

Fri Jun 22 2018

Too crowded for actual exercise.

Thu May 03 2018

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

Sat Dec 30 2017

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.

Mon Dec 11 2017

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

Wed Jul 05 2017

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

Thu Jun 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.

Tue May 30 2017

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

Wed May 24 2017

Always a fun walk.

Tue Feb 07 2017

Bourbon St triggers my involuntary eye roll reaction.

Mon Dec 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.

Thu Oct 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.

Fri Sep 16 2016

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

Fri Jun 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.

Thu Jun 23 2016

Not a trail, an interesting walk but sketcy.

Sun Jun 12 2016

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

Sun 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.

Sun Apr 17 2016

Walk and shop

Sun Jul 19 2015


Sun Oct 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.

Thu Aug 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.

Mon Jul 07 2014

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

Mon Jul 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.

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