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Atchafalaya Basin Scenic Freeway

39.8 miles: 0 hours, 36 minutes

Bald Cypress trees line I-10, an elevated highway that seems to float over the marshes and swamps of the Atchafalaya Basin. Small rice and sugar cane farms grow amid the plentiful streams and waterways. Henderson Lake in St. Martin Parish is easily accessible from the road and boasts excellent largemouth bass fishing. Or you may watch for alligators in the dense swamp for a true Louisiana nature encounter.


The Atchafalaya Basin is in one of the most ecologically varied regions in the United States. You may spy some of the 250 species of birds and 65 species of reptiles and amphibians on you trip. I-10 traverses through bottomland hardwood, bayous, backwater lakes and swamps. The waters of the Louisiana swamplands are so still that even the smallest creature can create a wake. Capture this unique calm with a photograph.


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