Louisiana is filled with amazing places to explore and really sink your teeth into. We have some of the most gorgeous waterways in the nation as well as amazing opportunities for fishing, hiking and hunting. There are beautiful places to check out all around the state. Here are 12 places to have a great adventure:
1. Chicot State Park, Ville Platte, LA
Enjoy this incredible state treasure for an amazing weekend of hiking, fishing and more. More than 10 miles of hiking trails, primitive camping areas, lakeside cabins, and beautiful cypress trees make this spot truly special. You can find it North of Ville Platte, off of Road 3042.
The amazing wildlife in Chicot will simply blow you away.
2. Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, St. Francisville
Home to some of oldest and largest cypress trees in Louisiana, this refuge is definitely worth the visit. Stay in nearby St. Francisville to make a beautiful weekend out of it.
3. Jungle Gardens, Avery Island
For an incredible day trip of rich history and beautiful nature, Avery Island and Jungle Gardens is the place to go. The amazing array of fauna and flora, including thousands of birds, is well worth the trip to South Louisiana. And of course--don't forget the Tabasco factory museum!
Another beautiful view of the trees on Avery Island.
4. Cypress Black Bayou, Benton, LA
For those looking for a place to escape in North Louisiana, there's perhaps nowhere better than Cypress Black Bayou. The idyllic waters, amazing sunsets, and plenty of fishing opportunities make this a favorite stop for anyone looking for amazing family fun.
5. South Toledo Bend State Park, Anacoco
The fifth largest man made body of water in United States, the Toledo Bend Reservoir has more than 1,200 miles of shoreline for nature lovers to enjoy. The birds and sunsets here are simply unparalleled. Choose South Toledo Bend and you'll be close enough for a day at the amazing Hodges Garden as well.
6. Atchafalaya National Wildlife Refuge, Lottie, LA
For those really seeking a swamp adventure, this is the place for you. Established in 1984, these 15,000 acres are a part of the largest bottomland hardwood swamp in the country. The true prize here is the amazing wildlife--almost everything that Louisiana has to offer can be found here. To get there, take the exit from I-10 to Hwy 975 N. The entrance is about nine miles down the gravel road.
7. Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline
This beautiful, sleepy park just south of historic Minden offers an amazing place to explore North Louisiana beauty, including 11 miles of canoe trails.
8. Grand Isle
Ready for a beach adventure? Grand Isle is the place to come for some of the most idyllic beaches in the state of Louisiana.
9. Bogue Chitto State Park
Just north of Covington and Mandeville, Bogue Chitto state park is one of the hidden treasures of the state. The unique gulch landforms here will amaze you.
10. Cane River Creole National Park, Natchitoches
This national park preserves the unique culture of the French Creole cotton plantations Oakland and Magnolia. Take a day and lose yourself in this blast from the past.
11. Creole Nature Trail / Sabine NWR
To really get a taste of what is called by some as "Louisiana's Outback," check out the Creole Nature Trail adventure point, located at 2740 Ruth St., Sulphur, LA, just south of Interstate 10 at exit 20.
The amazing wildlife at Sabine, like this red-tailed hawk, is one of the best attractions there.
12. Sicily Falls
An amazing hidden treasure in the state, Sicily falls are the most beautiful natural falls in the state. Find them off of road 124, near the Ouachita River.
How many of these places have you been to? Which is your favorite? We love to hear your thoughts.