This Louisiana Road Trip Takes You From The Shores Of The Gulf To The Tree Top Views In The Kisatchie
Are you ready to have the most Louisiana day ever? We’ve got the perfect road trip that will take you to some of the most beautiful places in the Pelican State, with one or two delicious pit stops along the way.
The entire trip from point to point will take about five hours.
Starting off at Cypremort Point State Park, this little slice of paradise is one you’ll have a hard time leaving.
Nestled along the beautiful Vermilion Bay, visitors to this state park can enjoy fishing along the pier, sunbathing along the beach, or splashing around in the water. There is a boat launch nearby if you’d like to explore the bay, which also flows right into the Gulf of Mexico if you’re up for fishing in deeper waters.
Next stop, food.
And we know just the spot.
Olde Tyme Grocery is a local landmark in Lafayette, and for good reason.
Known for their overstuffed po’boys, or poor boys as they call them, you won’t find a better po’boy outside of the Crescent City.
Next up: the Louisiana State Arboretum.
Located within Chicot State Park, the arboretum was established in 1961 and is the oldest state-supported arboretum in the country. There are several trails you can take that will lead you through the 600-acre site.
As we head further north, the landscape begins to change. You’re entering the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana’s only National Forest. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the view of over 700,000 acres of pure Louisiana landscape!
The forest has hundreds of trails to explore, and the Wild Azalea Trail is just one of them.
It also happens to be the longest primitive trail in the state, clocking in at just shy of 24 miles. While you don’t have to tackle the whole trail in this trip, it’s a great stop to stretch your legs and see the sights. As you may have guessed, the trail is named for the abundance of wild azaleas that grow in the area, which tend to bloom in late March and early April.
Our final destination leads us straight to the clouds!
Ok, maybe not the clouds, but you will be in for some elevation. The Driskill Mountain trail is about two miles up to the summit, where you’ll be standing at 535 feet, the highest natural summit in Louisiana. Sure, it’s no Denali, but when you reach the top and catch a glimpse of the view below, you’ll feel like you’re on top of the world.
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Cypremort Point State Park, 306 Beach Ln, Cypremort Point, LA 70538, USA
Olde Tyme Grocery, 218 W St Mary Blvd, Lafayette, LA 70506, USA
Louisiana State Arboretum State Preservation Area, 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Wild Azalea Trailhead, 352-398 Castor Plunge Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485, USA
Driskill Mountain, Louisiana 71275, USA