Louisiana isn’t known as sportsman’s paradise for nothing—there are so many beautiful bodies of water, vistas, swamps, and forests that make Louisiana such an amazing place to live. Thus, creating this list was very difficult indeed. But here are the 7 natural wonders of Louisiana.
1) Toledo Bend
Located on the Texas-Louisiana border, Toledo Bend Reservoir is the 5th largest man-made body of water in the United States and is known for its breathtaking sunsets and sunrises. Two Louisiana state parks can be found on the reservoir, a favorite place for hiking, camping, boating, and fishing.
2) Backbone Trail in Kisatchie National Forest
A 7.6 mile trail that cuts right through the heart of one of the largest and most majestic wilderness areas in Louisiana. Home to rare hills and a large swath of longleaf pine forest, reminding residents of the days when these forests spanned millions of acres throughout the southeast.
3) Breton Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1904, Breton refuge is the second oldest national wildlife refuge in the United States, created by President Theodore Roosevelt. Located on the barrier islands southeast of St. Bernard Parish, the refuge is home to over 23 species of birds and is the fertile breeding ground for our state bird, the Brown Pelican.
4) Seven Sisters Oak
The largest Southern live oak in the United States, this tree is known as a national champion, with a height of 68 feet, circumference of 467 inches, and a crown spread of over 140 feet. The tree is estimated to be over 1,500 years old and is the most famous of the multitude of live oak trees that make the Louisiana landscape so legendary.
5) Chicot Lake
One of the most popular state parks in Louisiana, Chicot lake is home to some record catches of largemouth bass, crappie, and bluegill. There's also extensive hiking trails and primitive camping options on the cypress-tupelo lake environment. The Louisiana State Arboretum offers a full range of educational activities on site.
6) Avery Island
Home to the Tabasco sauce factory, the natural wonders of Avery Island have been known for decades. Although technically the gardens were curated by E. A. McIlhenny, they are now an amazing wildlife sanctuary and favorite tourist destination. Snowy white egrets land on the island every spring for breeding season and an oriental-style shrine is home to a centuries old Buddha statue gifted to Mr. McIlhenny in 1936.
7) Atchafalaya River Basin
The largest wetland and swamp in the United States, this combination river delta and wetlands stretches through parts of 8 parishes in the state. Perhaps the most iconic natural wonder in the state, the huge swaths of cypress swamp and marshes make for some of the most beautiful vistas in Louisiana.
Have you ever visited any of these wonders? How about all 7? Who’s missing from this list? Let us know in the comments below!