St. Bernard State Park, Braithwaite

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St. Bernard State Park is a state park located in the American state of Louisiana, on a tract of land in St. Bernard Parish, between the towns of Poydras and Caernarvon. Though located only approximately eighteen miles southeast of New Orleans, attendance had been fledgling at the park for years, ranking among the least visited in the state.HistoryThe St. Bernard State Park was created in 1971 when the land that the park sits on was donated to the state by local businessman and former State Senator Lynn Dean and his wife Jackie. The park operated for 34 years as the only state park in the St. Bernard/Plaquemines Parish area until it was severely damaged by storm surge from the levee failures during Hurricane Katrina. The park (along with Fort Pike State Historic Site) remained closed for more than a year due to the severe damage.FacilitiesPrior to the landing of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard State Park included the following facilities as compared to that which is available at certain other Louisiana state parks:RestorationSt. Bernard State Park suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Katrina. The park was re-opened with a ceremony Tuesday, December 19, 2006 at 4 p.m. with ceremonies by then Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, local dignitaries, local choirs, followed by hayride tours of the site, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • I visited this state park with family in early May, and I had a wonderful time. We visited near closing time out of season, so we ended up being the only ones there. I felt like I was immersed in natu...  more »
  • We used St Bernard's as a base for our first trip into NOLA. It was a great plan, St Bernard's is a very scenic clean and convenient state park and it is only about 30 minutes drive into the French Qu...  more »
  • Nice, clean State Park. Not far from New Orleans yet feels like being out in the country (because it is ) The bath house is older but extremely clean, laundry facilities are available and reasonable. ...  more »

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