Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Vermilion Parish Eco-Tourism
Vermilion Parish is a haven for eco-tourism, so bring your binoculars and camera. You’re in for a treat, since this area is a wildlife wonderland.
Vermilion Parish stretches from the Gulf of Mexico to the quaint historic town of Abbeville. It’s a marriage of charming Cajun towns, farms, and hunting and fishing camps at some of the finest South Louisiana wetlands.
The Palmetto Island State Park is one of Louisiana’s latest parks to be built and is quickly becoming one of the most popular. Located on the Vermilion River, you will find hiking and canoeing trails, in addition to vacation cabins and campsites.
Birders from around the country will appreciate the diversity of species along the scenic byways. This diversity is directly related to the variety of habitats found throughout the parish. Vermilion is a coastal parish with marshes and farmlands which provide the habitats for birds that are attracted to the open fields and shallow flooded rice and crawfish ponds.
You will find a wealth of additional eco-cultural experiences along the Jean Lafitte Scenic Byway. Drive along this byway as it winds its way through the southern part of the parish, where you’ll see farms, marshes, as well as alligators, deer, and nutria. See firsthand how things are grown and produced, and experience nature at its finest. As you travel, take in the history or soak up the visual beauty of the land.
Delve into our Cajun mystique: the interesting expressions and unique cultural heritage that make it the "Most Cajun Place on Earth."
For more information visit Vermilion Parish Tourist Commission at www.mostcajun.com for more information.