EcoTravel: Touching Nature, Leaving No Trace

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” - Albert Einstein

The Louisiana Coast is rich in culture, history, and adventure, but perhaps above all else, we are rich in our stunning and unique natural environment. The bayou waterways, rivers, swamps and coasts are a one-of-a-kind natural ecosystem, home to scores of different species of fish, birds, alligators and turtles just to name a few as well as vegetation and plant life that cannot be found anyplace else. In short, our coast is a bird-watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking, agriculture, outdoor paradise! We invite you to see, do, touch, taste and feel it all while simultaneously leaving it just as you found it, because we’d like to invite your kids and their kids and grandkids to do the same. Come explore and experience our fascinating and stunning coast while leaving it in pristine condition.

With 20 amazing national wildlife refuges, and a dozen and a half state parks, Louisiana offers guests endless miles of hiking and biking trails, along with infinite opportunities for birding and exploring. Did you know that, throughout the year, Louisiana is home to more than half of the birds that reside in North America, along with visiting migrations of South and Central America bird species? You’re not likely to ever see so many unique species together in one place anywhere else. In addition to our extensive birding opportunities, eco-tourism activities along the Louisiana coastline include walking and biking on trails, swamp tours, deep-sea charter fishing, and recreational fishing along the inland waterways. Or, wind your way along miles and miles of canoe & kayak trails and get up close and personal with the amazing variety of flora and fauna throughout our rich, aquatic ecosystem – maybe even an alligator or two! – while you paddle peacefully along.

The Louisiana coast is also experiencing a resurgence of agri-tourism, with many small communities driving their local economies by sharing the agriculture that characterizes each individual region. New eco-tourism opportunities, including tours of food-related businesses and working farms, are tempting visitors with local color and local delicacies as well as an opportunity to take a first-hand look at the historic industries that have long been the backbone of southern Louisiana. So come explore and leave no adventure unexplored while leaving only the softest of footprints. It’s not too late to make a visit to the Louisiana Coast part of your summer! Plan your trip now!