The feeling of reconnecting with nature is calming and cleansing to the soul. The smell of the flowers, the sight of the variegated colors of the petals, the feeling of the wind blowing through the tall grass or the sounds of the waves crashing along the shore of Gulf beaches these are the memories that are imprinted on anyone who takes the time to truly appreciate the natural wonders found along the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

With its diverse array of wildlife, picturesque landscapes, and cultural treasures, the Creole Nature Trail offers a remarkable adventure for anyone seeking an authentic connection with nature. Whether it's birdwatching at sunrise, exploring vast marshlands, or enjoying the warmth of Louisiana hospitality, the Creole Nature Trail is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and those looking to be inspired by the beauty and wonder of the great outdoors.

The trail winds through a mosaic of marshlands, prairies, and coastal shores, providing a sanctuary for an abundance of wildlife and plant species. The area's diverse habitats make it an excellent destination for nature enthusiasts, birdwatchers, and outdoor adventurers alike. Visitors can immerse themselves in the captivating landscape and encounter wildlife such as alligators, migratory birds, turtles, and a myriad of other fascinating creatures. 

For an overview of the trail, stop in and visit with knowledgeable adventure guides at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point!


Highlights Along the Way

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Intracoastal Park

Intracoastal Park is known by locals as the place to crab and fish.  The park offers sportsmen and families a great destination with amenities including pavilions, camper and tent camp sites, two boat launches, picnic tables with barbeque pits, and a playground. 

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Blue Horizon Seafood

Blue Horizon Seafood provides fishermen with fresh shrimp for eating and bait! They are open from May through November, so be sure to call ahead before visiting!

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Brown's Food Center in Hackberry

Nestled in the quaint town of Hackberry, Brown's Food Center has been a cornerstone for local residents for over three decades. This little country store has everything you need from cold cuts, boudin, groceries, and fishing gear. It's also a stop on the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail!

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Blue Goose Trail

The Blue Goose Trail features a wildlife observation platform as well as a mile-long paved trail though the freshwater marsh to the shores of Calcasieu Lake. During the birding season you may find wading birds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and more brackish/saline marsh species along the trail. Whether you're planning to enjoy an evening summer sunset with your loved ones or a crisp fall morning walk this trail is open year-round for your enjoyment!

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Wetland Walkway

The Wetland Walkway is over a mile long and handicap-accessible! This loop is the perfect destination to stop and get photos of wading birds and vibrant wildflowers but watch out, this area is also home to alligators and various insects!

holly beach

Holly Beach

Holly Beach also known as "The Cajun Riviera" is one of six beaches located on the west side of the Creole Nature Trail. The beach is a one-stop shop for fishing, shell scavenger hunts, bird watching, and is even pet-friendly! Don't forget to properly discard the items that you bring in so that our Gulf Beaches can continue being enjoyed by future generations!

plate lunch with shrimp, fries, and poboys from anchors up grill

Anchor's Up Grill

Anchor's Up Grill is a family-owned and operated dining spot found along the Creole Nature Trail. Don't miss the chance to try their Kickin' Shrimp and Chicken Poboys along with fresh from the Gulf seafood baskets.

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Lighthouse Bend

Enjoy delicious Gulf Coast dining with a breathtaking view. Whether you're delighting in unique outdoor festivals, parking your RV, or embarking on the water for the perfect catch, Lighthouse Bend, which opened in the winter of 2023, has you covered. The complex is home to a two-story restaurant, a complete RV resort, a fully stocked market, a marina, and an open-air event pavilion. 

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Rutherford Beach

Rutherford Beach is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Cameron Parish. This is the ideal location for watching shorebirds and scouting shells and crustaceans along the beach. Be sure to have your camera in hand as you observe the beautifully natural landscape home to various birds and wildlife. As always be sure to properly dispose of the items you bring in to preserve the area for years to come!

pintail wildlife drive

Pintail Wildlife Drive

Pintail Wildlife Drive is the perfect place to observe the vast amount of wildlife and wildflowers found along the Creole Nature Trail! Late fall through early spring usher in traveling fowl along this 3-mile loop, but numerous species can be found year-round! Start your journey early because the Pintail Wildlife Drive is only open during daylight hours.

tante marie and t-maurice exhibits at Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Cameron Prairie NWR Visitors Center

Stop by The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center and allow the animated Cajuns Tante Marie and T-Maurice to take you on a journey through the history of the marsh! This facility overlooks a small freshwater marsh home to year-round residents like the Marsh Wren, Red-winged Blackbird, and many others. After hearing from Tante and T be sure to view the biological and cultural exhibits detailing life on the marsh and how to preserve its natural beauty.

Chesson's Grocery bait wall

Chesson's Grocery

Chesson's Grocery is a one-stop shop for groceries, gas, fishing gear, and a delicious meal! Be sure to stop in before embarking on your journey through the Creole Nature Trail.

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Fishing and Hunting Guides

The outdoor fun is endless along the Creole Nature Trail. The plentiful waterways and marshland provide the perfect locations for catching that trophy fish or if you're brave an alligator! Before heading out be sure that everyone over 16 years of age has a valid Louisiana hunting and fishing license. With the help of an experienced fishing or hunting guide, you're sure to leave with lasting memories made in Sportsman's Paradise!