Trail Safety

walkingtrailThe Atchafalaya Water Heritage Trail is made up of more than 50 trail sites in varying landscapes throughout the 14-parish Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. Some sites are located in populated areas and others are more remote. Each site has an informational kiosk, and select locations offer additional opportunities for outdoor recreation. Before you set off on your journey, here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Some trail sites are remote and may out of internet service range, so carry a Louisiana road map and printed driving directions with you.
  • If planning to walk, hike or paddle at a trail site, research the site's amenities beforehand and pack water, bug spray and sunscreen.
  • Practice Leave No Trace principles by carrying out everything you carry in. Do not litter.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Wear appropriate footwear for the activities you will be engaging in.
  • Tell someone where you are going.
  • Stay on approved walking/paddling trails so as not to damage the nearby environment.
  • Do not leave valuables in your car.
  • Always wear a lifejacket when on the water and know your limits. When paddling, choose a trail that is appropriate for your skill level.
  • Obey rules posted at trail sites. Trail sites are owned by different organizations, agencies and private landowners, so rules may vary.
  • Take pictures, not souvenirs. Leave natural objects and cultural artifacts for future visitors to discover.