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Designation: Louisiana State Scenic Byway
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: The ferry costs $1 per car to ride from Cameron to
Length, One-Way: 180 Miles (300.0 Kilometers)
Time: 1/2-full day (self-guided)

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Description - Offering an up-close and personal view of Louisiana's unique environment, the Creole Nature Trail travels through hundreds of thousands of acres of untouched wetlands blessed with some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. Alligators, birds, wildflowers, gulf beaches, and all kinds of southwest Louisiana wildlife can be found in this area.

Beginning on Hwy. 27 near Sulphur and Lake Charles, this 180-mile trail cuts through the marshlands of southern Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes and hugs the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Besides pine trees, you'll see fields of rice and soybeans, cattle, and country homesteads during the summer. In the spring, the water lilies and blossoming water hyacinth growing in the marsh are like paradise to photographers. And for those who like to photograph wildlife, the trail takes you to four different wildlife refuges and a bird sanctuary.

Attractions - The Creole Nature Trail is known for it's Cultural, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Louisiana Highway 27 beginning in Sulphur, south to Holly Beach at the junction with La. Hwy. 82; La. Hwy. 82 west to the Texas state line, and east on La. Hwy- 27/82 to Creole, south on La. Hwy. 82 to Oak Grove; or alternate route thence east to the intersection of La. Hwy. 27/82 with Trosclair Rd., a parish road #357, thence east on Trosclair Rd., to its intersection with La. Hwy. 82 at Oak Grove; east on La. Hwy. 92 to the Vermillion Parish line; La. Hwy. 385 south beginning at the intersection of McNeese St. to La. Hwy. 384 at Boone's corner proceeding east to La. Hwy. 27 proceeding south on La. Hwy. 27 to Creole, or alternate route Hwy. 14 in Lake Charles south to intersection of Hwy. 27 at Holmwood proceeding to Creole.

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Filed By: Steve
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Any trip through south Louisiana should detour off of I-10 and take advantage of this lonely and unspoiled gem in the marsh. Great roads, a ferry ride, an empty beach, interesting geologic formations, and wildlife unlimited highlight this little known route. Check out the web page, http://www.geocites.com/byumomee/82_first_page.html to ride down La.82 with me. As an extra treat you will be in the best area for Cajun seafood. (Black's in Abbeville is famous)

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Additional Information:
Louisiana Scenic Byways - Louisiana currently has one National Scenic Byway, the Creole Nature Trail, and sixteen state and National Forest designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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