Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana. It is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the U.S. This area is home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent.

Water is a distinctive influence on life in the ANHA. Through the ages it has created ever-changing landscapes, contributed to subtle and catastrophic natural events and has been subjected to a long history of human manipulation. This relationship continues to evolve today through increased recreation and conservation efforts.


The Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail is a self-guided driving trail that explains the 14-parish ANHA’s water story. This interactive, educational experience leads both locals and visitors through a variety of water-related sites with natural, cultural or historical significance. Some trail stops offer opportunities to explore further via nature walks, paddling trails and cultural experiences, so bring your camera, binoculars, fishing pole or kayak!

Atchafalaya River