Living in Southeast Louisiana outdoor fun is always in season. Nature trails are plentiful in our area especially in the bayou. Located on scenic Bayou Liberty near Slidell, Louisiana, Camp Salmen is one of Louisiana’s historic landmarks. Camp Salmen spans 130 acres which were once part of the Salmen Brick and Lumbar Company. Many of the bricks used to build the city of New Orleans were made by the Salmen Brick and Lumbar Company which holds additional significance to Louisiana history.
Today, Camp Salmen features a new pavilion which hosts concerts throughout the year, new playground, flag pole, bike and walking trails and new bridge, previous structure Camp Salmen Lodge, Order of the Arrow Garden, The Old Water Tower and much more. Our family revisited the park this weekend thinking recent cold weather will mean a gloomy afternoon. But that was not the case! The cypress swamp was as glorious as ever full of wildlife and indigenous plants that create the eco-system the Bayou Liberty needs.
As a former Girl Scout Troop leader for 5 years, Camp Salmen has deep roots in relation to Louisiana and the Boy Scouts of New Orleans. Legend has it that in 1921 and unknown boy scout shared an umbrella with Fitz Salmen of Salmen Brick and Lumber Company that in lieu of a tip, Fitz donated 72.5 acres of land on Bayou Liberty for use of a scouting camp. In 1956, his son donated another 35 acres which adjoined Camp Salmen. Camp Salmen Lodge is the sole structure that remains today at Camp Salmen which was used by New Orleans area Boy Scouts.
I’m a picture nut so coming to Camp Salmen Nature Park is perfect for me. I was able to enjoy nature up close and personal and get some added exercise while spending time with my family. Nature trails are the perfect playground for children of all ages. My 9 year old enjoyed exploring the trails and was a perfect way to get the 13 year old off her mobile device!
Aside from a simple size crop and adding text to my pictures, no edits were made. I couldn’t get over how perfect the pictures came out. In all honestly, nature needs no editing when it comes to beauty! If you are planning a trip to New Orleans make sure take a day or so to enjoy the beauty of our Eco-sytem. Camp Salmen Nature Park is located in Slidell, Louisiana which is about 45 miles away from New Orleans.
Camp Salmen Nature Park
35122 Parish Parkway
Slidell, Louisiana 70460
Do you have a local Nature Park in your area? What is your favorite Nature Trail moment?