Adventures in Southwest Louisiana

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The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road gives a grand view of the area’s natural beauty. The trail begins at the Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point in Sulphur, where visitors can learn a bit about the area and its heritage before embarking on the grand tour. The trail heads south toward the Gulf of Mexico, through two beaches that are perfect for shelling and then back to Lake Charles, passing parks, scenic overlooks and walkways.

Before heading out, download the interactive guide, which is available in the Apple and Android app stores. It’s full of audio and visual information about the trail, along with helpful maps.

The views from footpaths and overlooks along the Creole Nature Trail are excellent, but to experience the beauty from the water is magnificent. Grosse Savanne Eco Tours specializes in small-group tours and chartered fishing expeditions in the marshes that crisscross the trail. Available for two-, four- and six-hour excursions, the knowledgeable guides point out notable flora and fauna. While a variety of birds are common throughout the winter, alligators are significantly less active until the warmer months.


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