Paddling Trails

Cajun Coast Paddling Trails - St Mary Parish Louisiana

Explore Real Louisiana on our scenic waterways! The Cajun Coast is a sampler of everything Louisiana offers, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere that's the heart of Cajun hospitality. We're only 90 minutes or less from New Orleans, Baton Rouge or Lafayette. Stay a weekend or spend a week - you'll find we're a great location to call home while you explore South Louisiana.

In addition to rich history and unique culture, the Cajun Coast is adorned with the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, the largest overflow swamp in the United States. 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.

If you love canoeing or kayaking, our trails are your ticket to unlocking the natural beauty of the Cajun Coast. So come immerse yourself in what National Geographic called this "hauntingly beautiful land" for a unique taste of Louisiana adventure along our paddling trails of the Cajun Coast.

The 135 meandering miles of the Bayou Teche became the 17th waterway to join the National Water Trails System in January 2015. The designation by the National Park Service recognizes the Bayou Teche as an exemplary waterway that can be sustained by the ever growing water trail community. "The National Water Trail System helps people discover the natural beauty and history of local places and provides fun opportunities for families to explore the world around them," Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said.

So, pick a paddling trail below and go exploring!