A drive along the Wetlands Cultural Byway through southeast Louisiana’s Gulf Coast parishes of Lafourche and Terrebonne offers visitors an abundance of both natural beauty and cultural experiences. The byway corridor is situated on the fragile and fast-changing Mississippi River Delta, where there is an incessant danger of losing both land and the rich cultures thriving there. This Scenic Byway provides a unique look into the rich history of the world’s fastest-vanishing coastline where shrimping, trapping and farming have been a way of life for hundreds of years and close-knit families have preserved their cultural heritage. The varied cultures of the Native Americans, Cajuns and African Americans in the region are demonstrated in food, music, customs, language and architectural style.
The landscape of the roadway is mainly prairie and wetlands. With natural bayous and tree-lined swamps, fresh, brackish and saltwater marshes surrounding the environment, water dictates the byway’s twists and turns, giving drivers a choice of entry and exit points along the two interconnected loops and three spurs.
Visitors encounter antebellum plantations, historic downtowns, museums and cultural centers, national heritage areas, birding opportunities, world-class fishing, a Gulf Coast beach, freshly-caught seafood restaurants, Native American burial mounds, bayou overlook areas, swamp and bayou tours, sculpture gardens and more as they tour the area served by the byway.
Take a closer look at the Wetlands Cultural Scenic Byway: