Camp Salmen Nature Park Loop
ElevationAscent: 31' 9 m
Descent: -30' -9 m
High: 12' 4 m
Low: 1' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 0% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)
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“Follow the well-maintained nature trails throughout the Camp Salmen Nature Park.”— Ben Rosenberg
You'll soon see a pair of trails across the street to your left. Take the left of these two trails (perpendicular to the street) and follow it around into the woods. This will put you on the Old Forest Trail, which you'll follow to its end. This trail will spit you out onto the Archer Trail.
Follow the Archer Trail until the second turn off to the right onto the Goldfish Bayou Basin Trail. Take this trail in, turn left on the Old Forest Trail, and follow until you find another left to access the Gum Swamp Boardwalk. At the end of the boardwalk portion of the trail, turn left, then right to re-access the Archer Trail. When possible, re access the forest, and make your first left to bring you back to the road.
Cross the street, and head towards a small shrine to the Virgin Mary. Head left along the treeline until you see the Old Grotto Shortcut trail to your right. Follow this path into the woods until it brings you to the Tammany Trace. Turn right on the Trace, and follow it all the way back to the pavilion/your parking location.
In 1901 the Salmen Brick and Lumber company took ownership for use in their timbering operations. They would eventually donate the site to the Boy Scouts of America in 1924. The site was used as a regional camp reservation for all New Orleans area troops.
Land Manager: Camp Salmen Nature Park