Last updated: May 18, 2023
The Atchafalaya National Heritage Area spans 14 parishes and preserves local cuisine, music, traditions, language and cultural landscapes.
National Heritage Area
With a story around every bend in the river and music from every corner, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is an ever-changing, rich and mysterious landscape. It is filled with twisting bayous, rivers and America’s largest river swamp. There are fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks and towering cypress. Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam the lands while 270 species of birds take to the skies. From the waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters and the crawfish that make the Atchafalaya so well known.
This Heritage Area includes the following sites:
- Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Acadian Cultural Center
- Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
- Jean Lafitte National Historical Park - Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center
- Lake Fausse Pointe State Park
- Cypremort Point State Park
- Natchez Trace Parkway and National Scenic Trail
- Water Heritage Trail