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October's Must-Stay Parks:
Atchafalaya Swamp Basin

Birding and Wildlife Watching
Enjoy one of the fastest growing outdoor activities, bird watching, with an abundance of opportunities to spot over 300 known species of birds throughout the Cajun Coast by car or by boat. You can travel down Stephensville Road off Hwy. 70, visit the Brownell Memorial Park and Carillon Tower (a designated bird sanctuary), travel along Cotten Road in Patterson or take a swamp tour into the Atchafalaya Basin for a close-up view of the natural environment. Eagles can be sighted between the months of October through the end of April. The Atchafalaya Basin, one of the great ecological wonders of the United States, abounds in all types of wildlife. It extends north from Morgan City past Lafayette in a maze of bayous, lakes, ponds and cypress swamps. In addition to the wide variety of birds, more than 65 species of reptiles and 46 species of mammals inhabit the Cajun Coast.

Paddling Trails
Explore our exotic waterways by canoe or kayak. In addition to rich history and unique culture, the Cajun Coast is adorned with the natural beauty of the Atchafalaya Basin Swamp, the largest overflow swamp in the United States. Moss-draped cypress trees, majestic oaks, numerous acres of bottomland hardwoods, over 170,000 acres of designated wildlife management areas and an abundance of bird and animal life provide easily accessible outdoor adventures along our secluded waterways. Identified trails include the Bayou Teche Paddling Trail, Bayou Teche/Lower Atchafalaya Paddling Trail, Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge Paddling Trails, Franklin Paddling Trails, Grand Avoille Cove Paddling Trail, Pierre Part Paddling Trail, and the Cypremort Point Paddling Trails.

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