Louisiana Nature November 13, 2018
9 Inconspicuous Spots In Louisiana To Visit For That Wonderful, Scenic Experience You Need
Sometimes you just need to get away and immerse yourself in nature for a bit. Next time you need to rejuvenate your mind and body, consider heading out to these inconspicuous spots in Louisiana for that wonderful, scenic experience you need.
1. Bogue Falaya Park
This secluded little riverfront park in Covington is the perfect place to go when you need some peace and quiet. Sit back and relax as you gaze out at the Bogue Falaya River and listen to the birds chirping in the background. Sounds delightful, right? Address: 213 Park Dr., Covington, LA 70433
2. Holly Beach
Also known as the "Cajun Riviera," Holly Beach is a delightful little spot to spend the day. Sure, it may not be an expansive white sand beach, but you’ll have a lovely afternoon sinking your toes in the sand and listening to the waves crash against the shore.
3. Longleaf Vista Interpretive Trail
This 1.5-mile loop trail in the Kisatchie National Forest is filled with spectacular views and is a great way to spend some time outdoors. From LA Hwy 59 (Longleaf Scenic Byway), turn right on FH 59 and you’ll see the sign for the trailhead about three miles down the road.
4. R.W. Norton Art Gallery
The gardens at R.W. Norton Art Gallery are truly a sight to see. The 40 acres of beautifully landscaped botanical gardens are simply breathtaking in the spring, but still worth your while to take a leisurely stroll any time of year. Address: 4747 Creswell Ave., Shreveport, LA 71106
5. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Located in Baton Rouge, this 101-acre facility is a great family-friendly adventure. The boardwalk trails will lead you through a 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp and you’ll have the opportunity to see scores of wildlife. Address: 10503 N. Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810
6. Backbone Trail
Another delightful Kisatchie Forest trail, the Backbone Trail is roughly 10 miles long and great for an all-day outdoor excursion. You’ll have the chance to hike some hills - a rarity for Louisianians - and you’ll have some beautiful views of the forest along the way. Take LA Hwy 117 to Forest Highway 59, then head to Forest Highway 339 or 329 to reach the trailheads.
7. Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
This 6,000-acre state park nestled in the Atchafalaya Basin is full of outdoor adventures awaiting your arrival. Whether you're fishing, canoeing, hiking, or just sitting underneath a tree and taking in the scenery, there’s something for everyone at this amazing state park. Address: 5400 Levee Rd., St. Martinville, LA 70582
8. Cypress Black Bayou Park
Head over to Benton, Louisiana for an epic day of outdoor adventures. From the five-mile trail to the nature center and cypress zoo, this is a hidden gem in northern Louisiana. Address: 135 Cypress Park Dr., Benton, LA 71006
9. Cypremort Point State Park
Located on Vermilion Bay, Cypremort Point is a fisherman’s paradise and perhaps one of the most beautiful little getaway destinations in Louisiana. The sunsets here are absolutely mesmerizing, so be sure to stick around until dusk to snap some photos! Address: 306 Beach Ln., Cypremort Point, LA 70538
Where’s your favorite scenic spot in Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below, and don’t forget to share photos from your outdoor adventures in our
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