Creole Nature Trail + ADD NEW ROUTE
13 in Louisiana Louisiana105 Miles
on August 1, 2001
- Trip Toolbox
Start this route in Sulphur, LA and head south on route 27. Pass through Hackberry and on to Holly Beach. After Holly Beach,. 27 turns east and eventually changes names to Route 82 and eventually turns back into Route 27 and heads north. After you pass the town of Creole and head due north on route 27 look for Route 384 off to the left and take that route till you see 385 off to the right and heading north. Get on 385 heading north all the way into the routes end at Lake Charles, LA.
On this route you will see a wide variety of interesting things such as the Intracoastal Waterway, which is a man made channel that goes all the way from Texas to Florida. The route starts out in flat marshlands. Near Rte. 27 you will see Louisiana oil fields on the western side of the road and the very large Calcasieu Lake on the eastern side. There you will see shrimp boats trying to catch shrimp heading to the Gulf of Mexico. You will pass by three natural wildlife preserves and have ample opportunities to see some of Cajun country wildlife. You will also drive along the coast where Louisiana meets the Gulf. Towards the end of the trip you will be traveling through grasslands and even rice fields.
The roads that make up this route are like most of the Gulf coastal areas, pretty flat. So I gave the motorcycle road quality factor a 2.
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge - home of a 1.5 mile nature trail that provides some great opportunities for visitors to see the local wildlife including alligators, egrets, roseate spoonbills and many other forms of waterfowl. At Holly Beach you'll find outstanding shell collecting from October through February. Free ferry boat - about 10 miles after you turn north on to Rte. 27/81 you can take a ferry across a shipping channel to the town of Cameron. Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge (318-598-2216) - here you will see very different landscape then the views offered at Sabine National Wildlife Refuge ... grasslands rather than marshes. City of Lake Charles offers many blocks of classic Victorian architecture. The city also holds various festivals throughout the year. Call or visit their visitor center for more information (800-456-SWLA or 318-436-9588).
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