Louisiana Attractions, Small Towns September 18, 2019
7 Towns In Louisiana That Are Ideal For Nature Lovers
Louisiana is perhaps one of the most beautiful states in the nation. What we lack in elevation and mountain vistas, we make up for in beautiful bayou and swamp scenes. Whether you’re looking to make a weekend out of it and spend some time in the great outdoors camping underneath the stars, or you’re just looking for a scenic spot to sit back and relax for a few hours, these 7 towns in Louisiana are just the ticket.
1. Breaux Bridge
Just on the outskirts of Breaux Bridge lies Lake Martin, quite possibly one of the most beautiful areas in all of Louisiana. You can drive past the lake on Rookery Road, but to really get the full experience, take a walk down the trail or rent a canoe or kayak and see the lake from an entirely new perspective. The sunsets at Lake Martin are mesmerizing, so try to time your visit at dusk.
2. Ville Platte
A sleepy little city with a big claim to fame, Ville Platte is home to Chicot State Park - the largest state park in Louisiana. The boardwalk trail at the park will take you on an incredible journey through some of Louisiana’s most beautiful natural scenery.
You may have never heard of Farmerville before, but that’s about to change. This northern Louisiana town is a great option for nature lovers because you’ll have the opportunity to visit Lake D’Arbonne State Park, a 655-acre state park with hilly terrain, incredible fishing opportunities, and scenic trails.
Zwolle may be known for its annual tamale festival, but this tiny but mighty town is also ideal for nature lovers because it’s home to North Toledo Bend State Park. One of two state parks in Louisiana nestled up against the Toledo Bend Reservoir, Zwolle is great for anyone looking to do some fishing, stroll through the nature trails, or camp under the stars.
5. Grand Isle
Down at the tip of the boot, Grand Isle offers visitors a change of scenery from the typical swampy views we’re used to. You’ll be trading bayous for beaches at Louisiana’s only inhabited barrier island. Sink your toes in the sand and stroll through the seven miles of public beaches, or bring your tent and camp right on the beach for a memorable weekend with friends or loved ones.
If you’re looking to immerse yourself in one of the most unique terrains Louisiana can offer, Pineville is a great start. It’s the headquarters for the Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana’s only national forest. The forest sprawls out over seven parishes across central and northern Louisiana, and it’s filled with countless trails that are perfect for both a quick hike or an epic weekend-long camping adventure.
Just about a 30-minute drive south of New Orleans, you’ll end up in Marrero. Barataria Preserve is a nature lover’s paradise filled with endless boardwalk trails that wind through the preserve’s 26,000 acres. The bayous, marshes, and swamps are tempting with wildlife, making this a great attraction for families with kids of all ages.
Have you been to any of these towns? Where’s your favorite place to visit when you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life? Let us know in the comments below!
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