Jean Lafitte National Park Increasing Access to Barataria Preserve, More

NEW ORLEANS – Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state and local public health authorities, Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve is increasing access to its attractions. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.

Beginning August 28, 2020, Barataria Preserve will reopen access as follows:  

In the Pecan Grove Area:

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  • Comfort station and picnic area
  • Plantation Trails A & B (with the exception of the sections affected by flooding; please use caution and obey all posted signs)
  • Christmas Road
  • Wood Duck Trail
  • Old Barataria (please use caution as trail frequently floods; follow all posted signs)

In the Bayou De Familles Area:

  • Comfort station
  • BDF Canoe Dock trail
  • Visitor Center Trail
  • Palmetto Trail
  • Bayou Coquille Trail
  • Twin Canals
  • Ring Levee Trail, Education Center Trail and Marsh Overlook Trail remain closed due to maintenance.

In addition, the following spaces continue to be available:    

  • At Chalmette Battlefield and Chalmette National Cemetery, vehicle access will be permitted 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. daily and comfort stations will be open to the public.

With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed:

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  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Headquarters and French Quarter Visitor Center, 419 Decatur Street, New Orleans
  • Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Boulevard, Marrero
  • Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, 8606 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette
  • Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary Street, Thibodaux
  • Acadian Cultural Center, 501 Fisher Road, Lafayette
  • Prairie Acadian Cultural Center, 250 West Park Avenue, Eunice
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Headquarters (419 Decatur Street) and visitor center (916 North Peters Street), New Orleans

Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted on our website and social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on


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