Rip Van Winkle Gardens is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near New Iberia, Louisiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching



wild flowers


historic site

Gravel path, lots of Asian influence, really nice house tour.

3 months ago

$12 to walk the dogs. Nope not for me

11 months ago

very beautiful

Mon Oct 15 2018

Beautiful gardens!

scenic driving
Mon Dec 11 2017

Great drive, sightseeing. Nice tour of the home, wonderful gardens to walk through. Jefferson Cafe is a great little place to have lunch, especially on a nice day outside on the patio. Wife and I recommend a cup of seafood bisque, it’s delicious.

Fri Nov 17 2017

It is a magical place but definitely “ Easy” strolling trail. Fabulous peacocks. Raccoons, fish jumping & the exotic gardens with many fountains & statuary are phenomenal. Great place to picnic. Grab a plantation home tour of actor Jefferson.

Mon Sep 11 2017

Very nice garden with peacocks, a tea house, bird cages, statues, a few fountains, and a few buildings. A restaurant overlooks the lake. Yearly memberships are very affordable. Tour of the house is available.

Sat Jan 28 2017

Really nice walk through the gardens. The tour of the house was pretty cool too.

11 months ago

Mon Dec 31 2018

Sat Aug 04 2018

Sun May 27 2018