We absolutely loved this state park. It's basically in the middle of nowhere, but as a stopover on the way to or from New Orleans, it can't be beat.

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The Basics:

Overall Rating: 3.9/5

Price per night / Discounts: $18 / None

Campground website: Palmetto Island State Park

Our Site #: 66

Privacy Rating (how spacious and private do the sites feel):

5/5: Like many state parks we've visited, the sites were large and heavily treed. We were at the very end of the first loop, in site 66, and it was absolutely fantastic. The site was large and had so many trees, we could barely see our neighbors. Some of the other sites are closer to their neighbors, but all of them were really nice.

Location Rating (accessibility to points of interest or to major highways):

3.5/5: It takes about 25 or 30 minutes to get here from I-10, and there's really not much to do in the area. For us, it was perfect because we'd just left New Orleans and wanted a nice quiet place to relax for a week. But it's probably not for everyone. We noticed many of the other campers were locals from Louisiana. Many bring along golf carts and drive around the campground all afternoon, checking sites out and making friends. Odd, but true.

Site Quality and Big Rig Accessibility Rating (utilities and accessibility of campground hook ups):

4/5: Our site was great and the utilities we had worked perfectly. Unfortunately, the sites do not have sewer hookups, but the dump site was easily accessible.

Technology and Customer Service Rating (online resources, reservations, and staff):

3/5: Louisiana state parks use Reserve America which makes me so happy. The folks at check in were friendly and efficient. We chatted with our camp-host and he was as nice as could be. He even brought us over a bunch of firewood since he had more than he could use.

Internet Availability Rating (Verizon coverage or campground wifi):

4/5: Supposedly the campground offers wifi, but it didn't work for us. Just the fact that a state park offers it is impressive. In any case, our Verizon worked fine.


We really loved our stay here. Other than not having a sewer hook up, it had everything we could want. It's definitely a bit of a drive from the highway, but if your leaving New Orleans, it's a great place to stop and take a breather.

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