If you’re someone who loves a road trip – especially one with lots of interesting, varied scenery that’s rich in natural splendor – there may not be a better place to steer your wheels than down to Houma in southern Louisiana.
You can drive from coast to coast and never see the kinds of scenery and wildlife that you’ll see down around Houma. If you’ve never been to the area, it should be mentioned that Route 182 (also known as Louisiana Highway 182) stretches across a large part of southern Louisiana. In the Houma region, Route 182 is a scenic stretch from Lake Palourde in the west, down through the southern end of Houma, and then back up to Louisiana Highway 1 by Raceland. Although it’s all beautiful and unique countryside, the parts around Houma, Louisiana are simply the best.
If you’re headed east on Route 182, you can take a number of side road trips from junctions near the southern end of Houma. For instance, State Route 315, which is known as Bayou Dularge Road, will take you south, past the Mandalay National Wildlife Refuge, Lake De Cade and deep into the bayous themselves. The wetlands south of Houma, Louisiana are home to alligators, snapping turtles, otters, wildcats, black bears and over 250 species of exotic birds. So, make sure to pack your camera for the road trip.
Seafood Lovers, if you get on Grand Caillou Road (Louisiana Highway 57) from Route 182, you’ll go south past Lake Boudreau and Shrimper’s Row, down to where the road becomes Bayou Sale Road and turns north at Little Caillou Road. This is a great excursion from Route 182, as travelers get to see Lake Quitman and the Cocodrie Marine Terminal. The route also takes you north, via Highway 56, through an area known for some of the best seafood in Terrebonne Parish.