Sometimes a family just wants to go camping, but doesn’t want to travel too far or to someplace too complicated. Located along the Tchefuncte River in Madisonville, Louisiana, Fairview Riverside State Park is a great small park for a family wanting to get away and get reconnected with the outdoors.
Fairview Riverside State Park is located on Highway 22 in Madisonville and just minutes from downtown Mandeville and Covington. It is about a 45 minute drive across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway from New Orleans and is a great respite from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Home to the Otis House, a 19th century Queen Anne style home, Fairview Riverside is a small state park with a lot of character. It is also home to a small campground that has 72 RV ready sites as well as 20 primitive sites. Amenities at the park include a fishing pier, boat launch, playground, bath houses, hiking and biking trails along with tours of the Otis House. This is a beautiful state park with many centuries old moss covered oak trees and scenery that is serene and peaceful. The location is also within a 10-15 minute proximity to restaurants, entertainment, and stores if you need any essentials. There is a neat Maritime Museum nearby and lots of great dining along the river in Madisonville.
Campsites are spacious and relatively easy to back into. Most sites are level and concrete pads are provided. There are ample trees and the sites are shady and spacious. Campsites come with water & electrical hookups, but no sewer. There is a dump station nearby. Roads are all paved and the campground is easy to navigate. Bath houses are very well maintained; they are spacious, clean, air conditioned and have ample hot water and good water pressure. Each bath house has several individual showers and toilet areas, that are separate rooms and are very private. Sometimes, we will use bath houses when camping and in the case of this state park, we were glad to use them to save time and space in our camper in the evenings.
There are two playgrounds; one in the day use area as well as one in the campground. Both are well maintained and provided plenty of fun for the kids. If you like fishing, Fairview is right along the Tchefuncte River and has a fishing pier available as well. We did not catch any fish, but we did enjoy watching the boats travel along the river and at least trying to catch a few! Because the campground was small, we were also able to let our kids ride bikes while still being able to watch them. Also, there were not a lot of guests when we stayed, so the campground was pretty quiet and free from lots of car traffic, we were able to enjoy the peace and quiet of the weekend. The ample space for the kids to play and explore was fantastic; it allowed their imaginations to shine and take over for the weekend! The state park does mention that they offer wifi, but we were not able to get a good enough signal for much at all.
The only park staff we encountered was the clerk at the front entrance and that was pleasant. There were no rangers that we came across during our stay. We are not sure if that was because of state budget cuts or because the park is generally quiet and does not require any intervention. Overall, the park was clean and well maintained. If you are looking for a no-fuss camping experience with the charm of natural beauty, Fairview Riverside State Park is a great option!
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