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Old 10-09-2011, 12:05 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, LA
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Default Recreation/Outdoors in or near New Orleans.

Somehow I ended up in New Orleans. I came from the southeast and explored all over New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and southwest TX for almost 5 months, planning to live in the southwest. On my way home to regroup, I stopped in New Orleans again and ended up staying. I live in the Bywater. My perception of the city has certainly changed since living here.

There are things I love, but it's frustrating that it seems most people's idea of recreation here is drinking. Outdoors and recreation just isn't on people's agenda here. In Santa Fe, people go out and hike after work. But I'm not there, I'm here, and have to make the best of it. I even work at Masseys (the big outdoors store). Even they admit you just about need to leave the state to get to good backcountry destinations.

So, people, help me out. What is there to do for active people here? In town as well as driving up to a few hours out of town. I like hiking, camping, kayaking. I like seeing the horizon and getting out in open land on the weekends. The little towns along Rt 90 to Lafayette are beautiful for sure. What about the beaches in Mississippi? They didn't seem that nice for swimming when I drove through. I'm just trying to meet more outdoor minded people and find some things to do to get my energy out so I don't go insane. I feel cooped up in this crazy city. Point me in the right direction.
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Old 10-09-2011, 02:58 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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The Florida Panhandle is where locals go for beaches. I have taken a bunch of canoe trips in Mississippi, when I was a kid, and they were great fun but if you're looking for whitewater you're a few states away. Have you been tubing?

As far as hiking, there's not much for obvious reasons, but Jean Lafitte on the West Bank is a really nice wilderness (swamp) park. And don't discount fishing as a recreational activity, if we didn't have LSU and the Saints it would be the official state sport (and may well be, for all I know).
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Old 10-09-2011, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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There are rivers for canoeing up near Kentwood. Trouble is, in the summer it's too humid to want to be outdoors.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:47 PM
 
Location: Pereira, Colombia
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I still have trouble believing this place is in South Louisiana: Tunica Hills WMA | Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
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Old 10-09-2011, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Destrehan, Louisiana
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Nick try this site

New Orleans Outdoors (New Orleans, LA) - Meetup

lots of fun and great people



busta
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Old 10-24-2011, 05:11 PM
 
Location: Michigan's Upper Peninsula
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Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Barataria Preserve (U.S. National Park Service)

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve - Chalmette Battlefield (U.S. National Park Service)

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Backpacker Magazine - Swamp-Whacking in Louisiana's Atchafalaya
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