Acadiana Park Trails

The Acadiana Park Nature Trail is a 42-acre tract of land purchased by the City of Lafayette in 1967. This land has been maintained in an unaltered state to provide a wooded oasis in the midst of sprawling urbanization.

photo: Boardwalk Bridge. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Length: 6.00 miles
Loop Trail? Yes
Type: Greenway
Allowed Uses: Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Location: In Lafayette at Acadiana Park, NE of downtown.
State(s): Louisiana
Counties:
Longitude: -91.98698
Latitude: 30.25396

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Description

The Acadiana Park Nature Trail is a 42-acre tract of land purchased by the City of Lafayette in 1967. This land has been maintained in an unaltered state to provide a wooded oasis in the midst of sprawling urbanization. It is the goal of the Acadiana Park Nature Station staff to retain this forest complex as a living record of this area's natural landscape.

Upon entering the park, first-time visitors are often surprised to find a series of sloping hills in this region, which is typically known for being very flat. These hill-like formations actually represent the Mississippi River escarpment which divides this area into floodplain and prairie ecosystems.

Today, the active body within the park is the Fran├žois Coulee (also known as the Dan Debaillon Coulee). Fran├žois Coulee drains from west to east near the northern edge of the park, following the old Mississippi River meander

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Soil
Secondary Surface: Boardwalk

Elevation Low Point: Not Available
Elevation High Point: Not Available
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:
1980

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Acadiana Park Nature Station
1205 East Alexander St
Lafayette , LA 70501
(337) 291-8448

 

Photos

Boardwalk Bridge. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Boardwalk Bridge. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Entrance to Palmetto Loop Trail. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Entrance to Palmetto Loop Trail. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

 

Bob Cat Path. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Bob Cat Path. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.

Complete Map of Nature Station Trails with Distances. Photo by Stacey Scarce.

Complete Map of Nature Station Trails with Distances. Photo by Stacey Scarce.

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