Acadiana Park Nature Station


TRAIL INFORMATION


Length: Seven trails 0.16 – 2.18 miles (5.0 miles total)

Type: Boardwalk | Packed Dirt | Primitive Trail | Handicapped Accessible

Difficulty: Easy

Usages: Walking

Location: 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501

Map: Trail Map


CONTACT INFORMATION


Agency: Acadiana Park

Contact: website | 337-291-8448 | SScarce@LafayetteLA.gov

Directions: From I-10, take Exit 104 (Louisiana Ave.). Go south on Louisiana Ave, towards Lafayette, and turn left on to East Alexander Street. Continue to the “Acadiana Park Campground and Nature Station” sign at Campground Road and turn left (campground road is just before Acadiana Park playground equipment). Park at the Nature Station trail head on right (just before the campground office) then walk through the campground to the Nature Station.


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Animals: Must be on leash

Water: None

Bathroom: Restrooms

Entrance Fee: None

Camping: Allowed at Campground

Special Notes:


Acadiana Park Nature Station

Acadiana Park Nature Station is located in the 150-acre Acadiana Park and has focused primarily on eduation and research since its construction in 1978. The numerous trails offer glimpses into Gulf Coastal Tallgrass Prairie and Mississippi River Floodplain ecosystmes. The dirt trails are well maintained, and there are also handicapped accessible boardwalks throughout the Nature Station.

  • Moonseed Loop (2.18 miles)
  • Vermillion Ridge (0.5 miles)
  • Palmetto Loop (0.35 miles)
  • Barred Owl Prowl (0.24 miles)
  • Live Oak Loop (0.16 miles)
  • Black Bear Run (0.28 miles)
  • Bobcat Path (0.32 miles)

On the North side of the property, there is also a butterfly and dragonfly sanctuary. On the map, it is essentially where the gas pipeline (which has a trail) meets the Dan Debaillon canal; look for an area that has narrow paths through bushes with small purple flowers on them. This section is specifically labeled as a “do not spray” zone so that the city does not spray pesticides here. This allows researchers to study various insects and their interactions with the surrounding ecosystems.