Louisiana is known as the Sportsman's Paradise, and the state has no trouble living up to this nickname. With numerous wildlife refuge areas, a plethora of places to fish, and thousands of miles of cycling and hiking trails, Louisiana is home to many interesting places sure to entertain any visitor interested in spending time outdoors.
Cyclists, horseback riders, hikers and joggers are sure to enjoy the offerings of Tammany Trace. This network of trails is part of the National Rail Trail Network, and stretches through 28 miles of St. Tammany Parish. The Tammany Trace consists of a paved trail for walkers, joggers, rollerbladers and cyclists, and a parallel equestrian trail open to horseback riders. The Tammany Trace also serves as a wildlife conservation area and has many scenic areas. The Trace passes through Slidell, Lacombe, Mandeville, Abita Springs and Covington, and can be accessed from points in each of these communities.
Bayou Savage is one of eight National Wildlife Refuges in Southeast Louisiana. Located only 15 minutes from downtown New Orleans, this nearly 23,000-acre property provides entertaining outdoor activities for outdoorsmen of all types. Because the area is composed of freshwater and brackish marshlands, Bayou Savage is an ideal place for bird watching, wildlife observation, canoeing, fishing, crawfishing and crabbing. Additionally, Bayou Savage offers hiking trails and a bicycle path. The main entrance to Bayou Savage is located near the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and U.S. Highway 11.
Fisherman in Louisiana commonly head to Grand Isle to try their luck. Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Grand Isle offers plenty of opportunities for people looking to fish and for those who simply enjoy being on the water. This small fishing community has numerous marinas where fisherman can launch their own boats, in addition to areas that are good for surf fishing, fishing from a pier and fishing from the shore. If you prefer to be on the water but don't have your own boat, there are more than 20 companies and boat captains that offer chartered fishing trips.