East Side Itinerary

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Trip Mileage: 133 Miles, Driving Time: 1hr 24 mins
Estimated Activity Time: 3hrs 45mins (includes 1hr for lunch) 

Depart for the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road.

Pelican by John FloresOne of only 57 All-American Roads in the United States, the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road world-class bird and alligator populations make this byway a natural wonder while top-notch fishing, hunting, crabbing, boating, nature photography and other outdoor opportunities distinguish the byway as a recreational paradise. Free tour app, search “Creole” in your app store or click here to download.

If you planned and made a reservation in advance, head to Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours.

Grosse Savanne Eco-Tours has unlimited access to a multitude of various ecotypes including both fresh and saltwater marshes, cypress swamps, native coastal prairies, pine forest plantations, and agricultural lands.  If you made a reservation, this experience will not disappoint.  

Continuing south, you will not want to miss Pintail Wildlife Drive located about .8 miles before the Conway LeBleu Memorial Bridge over the Intracoastal Water.

This 3-mile driving loop is a wonderful place to view alligators and birds. Bird watching, photography, and sightseeing are encouraged year-round on the refuge. Spring and summer are the best times to see long-legged wading birds and shorebirds. Open daily during daylight hours.

Enjoy a seafood dinner, po'boy, or choice of plate lunches at one of the (limited) locally owned eateries in this area.

Seafood DinnerEnjoy a seafood dinner, po'boy, or choice of plate lunches at a locally owned eatery in the area.
Click here for listings. *Note you are on the east side of the trail, keep that in mind while searching through listings*

Life’s a Beach. Make your way to Rutherford Beach to spot shore birds and do some shellin’.

The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road has more than 26 miles of Gulf Coast beaches and Rutherford Beach is just one example of our rustic beaches that are prime seashell collecting territory! 

The Scenic Route.

You’ve completed the west side of the Creole Nature Trail. Head back to the city for more fun. Click here for more itineraries and trip ideas.  

Motivated to conquer the Trail?

SeashellsContinue your excursion along the Creole Nature Trail by heading west on Hwy. 82 for a ride on the Cameron Ferry that will take you (in your vehicle!) across the Calcasieu River Ship Channel. Keep a sharp eye out as porpoises are a common sight among the boats in the ship channel, hoping for a free meal from the shrimp boat nets or just lazy playing. Once you are back on land, head east into Cameron. Click here for the Creole Nature Trail – West Side Itinerary and just work your way to Lake Charles, LA.

Estimated Round Trail Trip Mileage: 162.6 miles; Driving Time: 3hrs 55mins