"Grab your binoculars. Pack your fishing pole. Got your camera, hat and sunscreen? Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail All-American Road is a hands-on opportunity to experience one of America's untamed natural wonders."
Since Carol and her sis are going to be driving along 'The Creole Nature Trail' soon, I decided to learn some more about it. In my reading this morning, I learned that the Creole Nature Trail is known as Louisiana's Outback, and that it meanders through marshes, prairies, and along the Gulf of Mexico. The byway goes through and along three out of the four refuges in Louisiana (which I'm going to list at the end), and they are part of a network of more than 540 refuges throughout the U.S. states (and territories).
The Trail is home to more than 300 species birds (making it one of the Top 10 Birding Destinations in the country), which includes birds that live there year round and others that migrate to the area. There are several sites along this 'Nature Trail' that rank among the best birding locations in the country.
Refuges / Sanctuaries
There are four federal and state wildlife refuges and sanctuaries there, and in each, you have the opportunity to observe natural environments that play an important role in North America’s wildlife 'eco-system'.
-- Sabine National Wildlife Refuge includes the 1.5-mile self-guided Marsh Trail with interpretation stations, an observation tower, and panoramic view of marsh terrain - and you see many birds and other marsh animals.
-- The Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is home to wintering waterfowl and resident mammals. The refuge is also an important area for research studies on a number of marsh-management strategies. You can fish in this area, but hunting is prohibited.
-- Next, you may choose to turn back west toward Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge or continue east toward the western terminus of the byway wildlife
-- Holly Beach (also known as the Cajun Riviera)
provides 25 miles of year-round beaches, campsites, and outdoor recreation.
I'm sure Carol knows better than any of us about this warning I ran across on one of the sites: "It is advised not to take dogs along at Marsh Trail because alligators may consume them."