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Louisiana’s coast is home to 13 biking trails, 8 scenic byways, 7 state parks with one more on the way, and a National Historic Park and Reserve offering many different ways to enjoy the beauty of the coast. Finding new adventures is easy on Louisiana's coast.

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1501 West Port St.
70510 Abbeville , LA
United States
Phone: 337-893-4042
Louisiana US
Vermilion Parish
Barataria Preserve - Palmetto Trail
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish
Barataria Preserve - Pecan Grove
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish
Barataria Preserve - Visitor Center Trail
6588 Barataria Boulevard
Marrero , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish
7777 Westbank Espresway
70094 Westwego , LA
United States
Phone: 504-736-7140
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish
Bayou Segnette State Park - West We Go Trail
7777 Westbank Espressway
Westwego , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish
Bayou Segnette State Park - Wildcat Trail
7777 Westbank Espressway
Westwego , LA
United States
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish

Boating, canoeing, kayaking, birding, fishing. Walking trail and elevated boardwalk.

Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge was established in 2001 with the primary purpose of aiding in con - servation efforts for the Louisiana Black Bear, a federally threatened subspecies of the American Black Bear. The refuge totals just under 10,000 acres and is subdivided into several units. Both the Garden City Unit and the Franklin Unit feature walking trails through live oak-dominated bottomland hardwood forest and cypress-tupelo swamp. The Franklin Unit also contains 2 canoe trails, as well as a driving trail bordering much of the Franklin Unit, connecting it to the Garden City Unit via a levee road along the Hanson Canal. Check the refuge headquarters for more information regarding trail access. Although little-documented due to the young age of the refuge, the avifauna here is both diverse and dense. Neotropical species such as Acadian Flycatcher, White-eyed and Red-eyed vireos, and Northern Parula, Yellow-throated, Prothonotary, and Hooded warblers nest in abundance. Year round residents include Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, Mourning Dove, Barred Owl, Red-bellied, Downy, Hairy and Pileated woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, and many others Common winter birds include Red-tailed Hawk, Belted Kingfisher, Eastern Phoebe, Tree Swallow, House Wren, Winter Wren, Hermit Thrush, Savannah Sparrow, and American Goldfinch. 

1725 Willow St.
70538 Franklin , LA
United States
Phone: 985-853-1078
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish
The Berwick Walking Trail traverses bottomland hardwood forest, open fields, and a network of canals. The dominant woodlands are filled during the spring and summer months with Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Red-bellied and Downy woodpeckers, Loggerhead Shrike, White-eyed Vireo, Fish Crow, Blue Jay, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina Wren, Brown Thrasher,and Northern Cardinal. During fall migration, look for Eastern Kingbird, Gray Catbird, Swainson’s, Wood and Gray-cheeked thrushes as well as Summer and Scarlet tanagers. In winter, look for Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Hermit Thrush, American Robin, Cedar Waxwing, and Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped warblers. Search along the canal edges for Sora, House Wren, and Common Yellowthroat, along with Swamp and Lincoln’s sparrows. Follow the levees along the canals to a large open field where American Kestrel, Tree Swallow, and Eastern Meadowlark, along with other opencountry sparrows and blackbirds, may be found.
Gilmore Drive
70342 Berwick , LA
United States
Phone: 985-380-8224
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

A 9.5 acre park in a natural setting next to lovely Lake Palourde (a French word meaning "shellfish"). The 106 ft. tall carillon tower contains 61 bronze bells which were cast in Holland. Bells play two selections every 15 minutes. The park is a designated bird sanctuary and a must for naturalists and photography buffs.

Although small, Brownell Park provides one of the most serene, idyllic, and refreshing experiences in coastal Louisiana. Situated on the western shore of Lake Palourde amidst a pristine baldcypress-tupelo gum swamp, the park offers a walking path, foot bridges, a modest visitors center, restrooms, and well-placed benches.

Expect regular encounters with Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, and Northern Cardinal on a year round basis. At certain times of the year, various species tend to gather at the lake in substantially large numbers. Examples include hundreds of American White Pelicans and thousands of Double-crested Cormorants throughout the winter months.

The Southern Bald Eagle is another common winter sight.In early spring, northbound Yellow-rumped Warblers use Brownell as a staging area of sorts. Dozens can be observed on any given day between late February and mid-April. From mid-April through early June, similar numbers of Prothonotary Warblers
can be seen at the swamp on a daily basis. By mid-June, most of these birds will settle down in the area as local breeders.

In August and early September, large numbers of fall-migrating Yellow Warblers use Brownell Park as a staging area, just as the
Yellow-rumpeds did six months earlier.

3359 Hwy. 70
70380 Morgan City , LA
United States
Phone: 985-384-2283
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish

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