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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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  • We wanted to stay somewhere quiet but yet 30 minutes or so from New Orleans. Sites at this park have 30/50 amp electric and water. You can reserve sites, the prices are reasonable, our first night was...  more »
  • Friendly rangers who will give you tips on local attractions. Quiet park with level small lots. Very clean shower house with thoughtful additions such as wire hangers in the shower. Very clean laundry...  more »
  • We went 3 days in December 2015: "$ 24 the first day, $ 18 the following"... A very clean place where life is good... Swamps nearby (behind our field no. 14) are great for more intimacy and several trails to explore. With our children aged 10 and 8, who had fun looking for lizards, observe the hares that abound as well as armadillos who are walking in the dark by digging holes in the ground (harmless)! What beautiful area of learning for natural science! I'd go back with pleasure. Room very clean wash ($) and insured hot showers! 10 minutes by car from the French quarter (New Orleans)
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