Nature October 11, 2016
10 Places In Louisiana Way Out In The Boonies But So Worth The Drive
There are countless attractions that draw visitors and natives to all corners of the great state of Louisiana. From the Gulf of Mexico all the way to the border of Texas, there are towns which boast some of the most culture in the entire country. While most are familiar with the typical Louisiana attractions, fewer know about sites that are all the way out in the boonies, for lack of a better term. But if you’re headed out that way, you won’t be disappointed, because you might find yourself at any of the following must-see sites:
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1. Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum
When you stop by the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, you’ll have the opportunity to set foot in the very establishment where the notorious duo Bonnie & Clyde last dined. What was once known as Rosa’s Cafe has since been converted into a museum honoring the site where this outlaw couple was ambushed. Address: 2419 Main St.
2. Our Lady of Blind River Chapel
Getting to the Our Lady of Blind River Chapel is no easy feat. Accessibly only by boat, this holy structure has attracted visitors from all over the place for its beauty and remote location. In the first year alone, 1982, the chapel welcomed nearly 1,000 visitors from all over the world. The building features a brightly colored statue of the Virgin Mary, welcoming visitors from near and far. Address: 3324 Maura St.
3. Adam's Cypress Swamp Driftwood Family Museum (Pierre Port)
There are few things more beautiful and resourceful than repurposed driftwood. Especially when it’s all made right here in Louisiana, in the swamps of the Atchafalya. An artist by the name of Adam Morales has been working with driftwood to create works of art that have been already formed by Mother Nature. Visitors who venture out to this part of the state could spend a whole afternoon meandering through these creations, which seem to come to life right before your eyes. Address: 338 S Bay Rd.
4. Hawk's Crawfish Restaurant (Rayne)
On the drive out to Hawk’s you’ll pass by some crawfish ponds that really set the stage for the dining experience ahead. This notable Louisiana joint prides itself on being in the middle of nowhere, and for crawfish this tasty, you definitely won’t mind the drive. Photographed above is five pounds of freshly-caught fish perfectly seasoned with cajun spices. 416 Hawks Rd
Rayne, LA 70578.
5. Prehistoric Park (Henderson)
Prehistoric Park is one of the only dinosaur-themed parks in all of Louisiana. This 12-acre site offers the chance to walk among realistic-looking dinosaurs made from combinations of fiberglass and steel. With a concession stand, impressive gift shop, and even bones waiting to be dug by future scientists, it’s an entertaining place for visitors of all ages. Address:1135 N Barn Rd.
6. Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)
Located near Ville Platte, Chicot State Park is tucked away in nearly 6,500 acres of green rolling hills and a man-made lake in all of its green swampy glory. Visitors to the park can enjoy a range of activities, from fishing, to hiking, and even guided canoe tours. Whether you’re there for an hour or an entire day, it’s a breathtaking area to appreciate the Louisiana landscape. Address: 3469 Chicot Park Road.
The tiny town of Venice has a population of just 200 and can be found in Plaquemines Parish. As the last community that can be accessed by vehicle down the Mississippi, it’s often referred to as the “end of the world.” The history of this town is steeped in fishing and shrimping, which continue to be important aspects of the local and state-wide economy. Although it’s seen much hardship, including Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon explosion, the area remains one of the most breathtaking in the state.
8. Nottoway Plantation House (White Castle)
This antebellum Greek Revival plantation house is one of the largest of its kind in existence. Totaling 53,000 square feet, the house was constructed by John Randolph Hampden in 1859. The interiors of the home are just as extravagantly designed as the exterior, with an incredible main staircase made from Honduran mahogany. Today, this site serves as a resort where guests from all over can stay and catch a glimpse of historic southern Louisiana culture. Address: 31025 LA-1
9. Surrey's Cafe & Juice Bar (near New Orleans)
Just miles away from one of the busiest food capitals of the country, Surrey’s Cafe & Juice Bar is low-key and highly-praised. Serving up all kinds of specialties featuring local flavor, this spot is especially known for its crab meat omelette, banana pancakes and corned beef hash. Who’s to say you can’t try them all in one visit? This hidden gem of the New Orleans Garden District isn’t necessarily in the boonies, but it’s certainly worth the trip. Address: 1418 Magazine St.
10. Fountainbleau State Park (Mandeville)
On the north shores of Lake Pontchartrai, you’ll find Fontainebleau State Park, one of the most scenic in Louisiana. It’s here you’ll find remnants of an old sugar mill dating back to 1829. The park offers beautiful hiking trails as well as cabin accommodations for anyone looking for a rustic camping getaway. The historic park is especially breathtaking at sunset, as proved by the above photography. Address: 62883 Hwy. 1089.
Have you visited any of these remote sites in Louisiana, or perhaps know of some other locations that may have missed the list? Be sure to let us know!