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The Lafitte Greenway offers a 2.6-mile linear park through New Orleans, from the edge of the city’s French Quarter to Mid-City and the doorstep of its grand City Park. The route was originally a canal—and later the Norfolk Southern Rail Line—that lead to Bayou St. John, which borders the east side of the park. Today, the corridor is a pleasant neighborhood connecter.
The paved pathway begins at Louis Armstrong Park, named for the famous jazz musician; a statue of him is featured within the park’s 32 acres. Here, you’ll also find an auditorium, performing arts theater, and part of the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park.
The rail-trail heads northwest, nestled between Lafitte Avenue and St. Louis Street, and ends just blocks from City Park. Amongst the park’s sprawling 1,300 acres, visitors will find any number of recreational amenities, including a sculpture garden, antique carousel, miniature golf course, children’s theme park, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Parking is available at the trail’s southern end in Louis Armstrong Park (701 N Rampart St.), and near its northern end at City Park (1 Palm Dr.).
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