Palmetto, Bayou Coquille and Marsh Overlook is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Barataria, Louisiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length4.2 miElevation gain19 ftRoute typeOut & back
Wheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestLakePavedRiverViewswild-flowersWildlifeNo dogs
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Most of the trail is shaded. Along the way there are points of interest users can call a phone number and it gives oral histories! A beautiful swampy boardwalk trail. Lots of wildlife, including gators. Accessibility: This wooden boardwalk, packed gravel, and asphalt trail is estimated to typically be at least 4 feet wide. Boardwalk sections occasionally have edge barriers and handrails. There is a staircase at about the 1.6 mile mark of this route along the Marsh Overlook Trail but it is unclear if it is on the main trail. The slope is gentle (all 3% grade or less) uphill and down. There is at least one designated wheelchair accessible car parking spot with an access aisle at the small paved trailhead lot. It is unclear if there are any designated wheelchair accessible car parking spots at the alternative Bayou Coquille/Marsh trailhead, marked with a waypoint. The Barataria Preserve Visitor Center is wheelchair accessible. Please visit the park page for additional info.

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Ania Lewand
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The trail is ql and very beautiful, super easy. I have 4 because half of a trail is closed and you can’t see everything. Starts from the second parking.

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Margaret Broach
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Currently closed

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Jason Amadeo
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Great hike with my little dude!

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Ron Newhouse
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Eugene Brill
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Brandon Stern
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Must pay to enter

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Stephanie Foret
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I give this a 3 only because there was no wow factor for me The Palmetto section is closed for maintenance. A park employee at the welcome center suggested I skip down to the Bayou Coquille section of the hike. HIGHLY POPULATED everything from single people to big family groups with strollers. Most of the trail is shaded. Along the way there are points of interest you can call a phone # and it gives you history I really liked that. Trail conditions are fine dry and stable for the most part with a few soft spots on connecting bridges. I got a few mosquito bites overall insects not really a problem. Disappointed lack of wildlife (may just have been the time of day I went)

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Živilė JG
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My favorite place around New Orleans to hike. During spring lots of wildlife! During summer - lots of horseflies. Still worth it.

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Emily McLaughlin
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Beautiful swampy boardwalk trail. Lots of wildlife- including gators. Definitely more of a walk/jog trail, so not anything challenging. But we really loved it out there.

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Aliyyah Blake
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does anyone know where the indian mound is in Jean Lafitte park?

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Bayou Some Bling Nikki
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I have walked this trail and it is absolutely perfect! Easy trail, feels safe and very scenic. Highly recommend.

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William Neville
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Beautiful trail. Saw 6 Alligators, 1 Nutria, AND a Rooster. Fun trip all around!

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Tricia Tillery
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My husband and I did half of the trail and it was absolutely beautiful. The weather was overcast and cool with a slight breeze which made it so enjoyable. We saw an abundant variety of trees, plants, and wildlife to include a swamp rat, squirrels, birds, and an alligator. We conversed with several knowledgeable hikers which was highly enjoyable since we live in the high plains of Texas and this terrain is vastly different. I recommend taking the time to visit the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve. You definitely cannot go wrong here. I bet a trip here in the spring and summer would be very enjoyable. Happy hiking...y’all.

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Lucas Gonzaga
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Wonderful hike to do in the morning, lots of wildlife, lots of very nice viewpoints. I recommend everybody to do it if you are in NOLA. Best experience of the bayou, way better than the so called « swamp tours ».

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Alvin Short
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nice trail, nice scenery. great place for photos, seen 3 gators. definitely recommend this trail. lots of history markers with the ability to call in for facts of landmark

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EmpressApril Dillon
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I loved this trail. board walking mostly. lots of bird watchers out there. you don't need your hiking stick. much shade beautiful views and the gators are out.

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Jared Goldman
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An easy trail over swamp and marsh. I saw 4 gators, a snake and any number of beautiful flowers and birds. This is a lovely way to spend a nice afternoon.

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Sandro Sherrod
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Jaxon Markworth
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Easy trail with lots and lots to look at! Cool swamp setting with lots of cool plants and many animals. Saw an alligator that was 1 foot from the trail! It was awesome. Also saw squirrels, birds, large bumble bees and large spiders. It gets hot during the summer so be prepared to sweat. The trail is a boardwalk so no risk of mud.

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Kelly Jewell
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Trail was good yet some of it was closed so we were not able to complete. Otherwise good time.

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Cole Freyberger
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Tyler Hebert
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Great trail that is easy to walk. Saw multiple alligators, snakes, lizards, skinks, squirrels, birds and even saw a raccoon. Don’t rush through it so you see more.

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Sara Hodge
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Super easy accessible trail, but still an adventure. I saw maybe 20 alligators and a beautiful owl. Such an awesome hike. Absolute must if you are in the area. Cost about $25 to Uber there from downtown New Orleans.

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Jena Giarrusso
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Super easy trail. Boardwalk the entire way.

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Jessie Harshbarger
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Walking

Trail was boardwalk or flattened gravel the whole way. Nice, easy walk and a great way to get out of the hustle and bustle of New Orleans for half a day.

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Leah Rader
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While the visitor center was closed due to the Government shutdown, I was informed that you could still hike that you just had to park off the road and walk into the park. The scenery was worth the hike by itself but getting to see multiple alligators along the way so close to the boardwalk was wonderful.

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rip rose
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Wildlife everywhere

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