Paddling Trails

Explore our exotic waterways by canoe or kayak. In addition to rich history and unique culture, the Cajun Coast is adorned with the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp is the largest overflow swamp in the U.S.

The Atchafalaya Basin Swamp Basin is one of the last remaining wilderness areas in the U.S. It is also the largest river basin, spreading over 800,000 acres. Home to nine Federal and State listed endangered or threatened wildlife species, it also is home to 170 bird species and an important wintering ground for the birds of the Mississippi Flyway. Paddling our waterways is a unique way to experience the abundance nature offers in South Louisiana.

Moss-draped cypress trees, majestic oaks, numerous acres of bottomland hardwoods, over 170,000 acres of designated wildlife management areas and an abundance of bird and animal life provide easily accessible outdoor adventures along our secluded waterways.

Additionally, the 135 meandering miles of the Bayou Teche were named the 17th National Water Trails System by the National Park Service in January 2015.

Identified trails include:

Bayou Teche Paddling Trail

 Bayou Teche/Lower Atchafalaya Paddling Trail

 Bayou Teche National Wildlife Paddling Trails

 Franklin Paddling Trails

 Grand Avoille Cove Paddling Trail

 Pierre Part Paddling Trail

 Cypremort Point Paddling Trails.

If you love canoeing or kayaking, stop by one of our visitors centers to pick up our paddling trail brochure or visit our website.