An audio tour of the Creole Nature Trail All American Road is an excellent way to make the most of your visit. These downloadable tours are divided into trail segments so you can use as many or as few as you wish.
Please note that a FREE multi-media tour app is also available for download from iTunes or Google Play...just search "creole." Don't have a smartPhone? Check-out a GPS Explorer® at the Lake Charles Visitors Bureau located at 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Audio tours: To play, simply click on "play" link below. To download the audio tour segments, right click on the "download" button and choose "save target as" to the location you desire.
Once downloaded, you can load them onto your mp3 player or burn them to a CD. Either way you’ll have a host of information at your fingertips.
Sulphur to Holly Beach
From Interstate 10 to the Gulf of Mexico, this leg of the trail encompasses farm lands, fresh and brackish marshes and natural sand beaches. On this route, you will visit the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, including the 1.5 mile long Wetland Walkway, the mile-long Blue Goose Walking Trail and several other recreation areas perfect for fishing, crabbing and bird watching. This leg of the trail is 36.5 miles long.
Holly Beach to Texas Line (Western Spur)
Winding along the coast road, the Gulf of Mexico is almost always in sight. You’ll have excellent access to the local beaches and you can stop to visit Peveto Woods Bird & Butterfly Sanctuary. From Johnson's Bayou to the Sabine Bridge into Texas is a bit of a journey, but gives you the opportunity to see the Sabine Pass Lighthouse. This leg of the trail is 26.8 miles long.
Sabine Pass Lighthouse: Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, the Sabine Pass Lighthouse, was first lit in 1857and remained lit for 95 years with only a brief interruption during the Civil War. In 1952, modern technology had rendered it obsolete and the Coast Guard permanently extinguished it.
Holly Beach to Oak Grove
A winding drive close to the Gulf of Mexico, this leg of the trail is primarily saltwater marsh, natural sand beaches and a first-hand view of the commerical fishing as well as oil & gas industries. For an added bonus, you’ll take a trip across the Calcasieu Ship Channel on a ferry! This leg of the trail is 24.6 miles long.
Oak Grove to Rockefeller Refuge (Eastern Spur)
Oak cheniers and alligators! This winding route provides an excellent view of this area’s famed oak cheniers. At Rockefeller Refuge, you’ll see plenty of alligators at this premier alligator research facility. It also offers fishing, crabbing, a nature drive and bird watching. This leg of the trail is 31.1 miles long.
Oak Grove to Lake Charles
From brackish and freshwater marshes to flat plains of farmland, diversity abounds along this leg of the trail. As you cross over the Intracoastal Canal on the Gibbstown Bridge, the landscape changes dramatically to prairie and farmland. Pintail Wildlife Drive as well as the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and Visitors Center lie just north of the bridge. This leg of the trail is 38 miles long.
Cameron Prairie NWR to Lacassine NWR (alternate route)
This scenic winding drive leads you through freshwater marsh and coastal plains, passed heavily wooded bayous. The Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge offers first-rate fishing and bird watching. This route is approximately 16 miles long.