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Exploring the Louisiana Coast leads to exciting new adventures. Pioneer the murky marshes of Louisiana on an exhilarating swamp tour. Journey off the beaten path to experience the unmatched natural beauty of Louisiana’s State Parks, historic sites, and preservation areas Along the sprawling Louisiana Coast, there are 20 National Wildlife Refuges and State Parks where you can enjoy world-class fishing, hiking through historic grounds, reliving famous battles, two-stepping to Louisiana music, or camping under the stars along a picturesque shoreline. 

While visiting, enjoy our unique culinary trail. Across the Louisiana Coast, you can experience out delectable, world-renown cuisine. A recent scientific study ranked Louisiana as the nation’s happiest state, and our menu of magnificent foods is good reason to make you smile. Pull up a chair and join us for bite. The Louisiana Coast is ready to host you for an unforgettable dining experience.

The National Heritage Area encompasses 14 parishes (counties).

P. O. Box 2332
70381 Morgan City , LA
United States
Phone: 985-395-4905
Louisiana US
St. Mary/Cajun Coast Parish
1051 North Third Street, P.O. Box 94291
70804 Baton Rouge , LA
United States
Phone: 225-219-0768
Louisiana US
Iberia Parish
Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte Historical Park & Preserve
6588 Barataria Boulevard
70072 Marrero , LA
United States
Phone: 504-589-2330
Louisiana US
Jefferson Parish

Bayou Segnette State Park offers the best of everything. Just a thirty-minute drive across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, a multitude of recreational opportunities awaits visitors of all ages--boating, fishing, canoeing, picnicking, playgrounds and, of course, swimming in the wave pool, as well as an ecosystem that offers you the chance to spot plants, trees and wildlife from both swamps and marshland.

7777 Westbank Expressway
70094 Westwego , LA
United States
Phone: 504-736-7140
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
Black Star Ranch
61361 Bayou Blue Road
70364 Houma , LA
United States
Phone: 985-580-2106
Louisiana US
Terrebonne 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
Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico on the shores of Vermillion Bay. Great spot for sail boating, swimming, picnicking, fishing and birding. Beach and boat launch.
Cypremort Pointe State Park
306 Beach Lane Franklin
70538 Franklin , LA
United States
Phone: 888-867-4510
Louisiana US
Iberia Parish
St. Bernard Highway
70043 Meraux , LA
United States
Phone: (504) 439-8191
Louisiana US
st-bernard-parish Parish
Eds Sporting Clays
21327 Chestnut Rd.
70548 Kaplan , LA
United States
Phone: 337-643-2518
Louisiana US
Vermilion Parish

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