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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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  • A very friendly, clean State Park. The camping sites are very roomy, restrooms and showers clean and a nice laundry area. The Camp hosts were very nice and helpful. I would not hesitate to go back. Th...  more »
  • This was a great place to camp near New Orleans, but feel like you are way out away from the city. It is a fairly easy drive into the city if you want to tour there. It is also a great place to relax ...  more »
  • The staff at this park are very friendly, the sites are narrow and not as deep as they need to be to be able to keep off the grass. Its proximity to NOLA is a big plus, but the road we came in on was ...  more »