Creole Nature Trail scenic byway receives national recognition

Southwest Louisiana received a tourism boost this week, as the southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that the Creole Nature Trail All-American road is part of national competition.

Rand McNally and USA Today are holding the competition to find the best small town in America.

The Creole Nature Trail scenic byway includes 28 points that are of interest in the competition.

They include the City of Lake Charles, Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau visitor information center, Brimstone Museum Complex in Sulphur, Intracoastal Park, town of Hackberry, Brown's Grocery, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, Hog Island Gully Recreation Area, Blue Goose Trail, Wetland Walkway, Holly Beach, Peveto Woods Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary, Sabine Pass Lighthouse, Calcasieu Ship Channel and Cameron Ferry, Cameron Courthouse, Cameron Jetties Fishing Pier and RV Park, Rutherford Beach, Airboat Rides & Alligators, Grand Chenier, Price Lake Nature Drive, Rockefeller Refuge, Rollover, Conway Lebleu Memorial Bridge, Pintail Wildlife Drive & Boardwalk, Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, Calcasieu Lake, Lacassine Wildlife Drive/Lacassine Pool and Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge.

Megan Hartman with the Bureau says this is great news for southwest Louisiana.

"The Creole Nature Trail is an all-American road," said Hartman. "It's the only all-American road in the state of Louisiana. That's pretty big recognition. And it means that it's a destination unto itself. We have visitors from all over the world that come and they want to see our alligators along the trail. They want to meet some of the locals in Cameron Parish and west Calcasieu. They just want to go crabbing on the side of the road and just see all of the birds. You know we're located on two migratory flyways so there's a lot of birds in town especially in April and early May."