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This route touches some of the oldest communities in Louisiana as it runs near bayous that brought settlers here in the 1800s. Along the way antebellum homes sit among graceful oak and cypress trees. Small towns feature historic sites and cafés that offer home-style food. Stop at historic plantations that include Loyd Hall, Newhope and Walnut Grove.

Outside Bunkie you’ll angle eastward toward Simmesport and the Atchafalaya River and, finally, New Roads, a postcard of a town alongside beautiful False River. It is the center of Pointe Coupee Parish, where for 300 years Creole French culture has flourished and planters have tilled the fertile soil. Keep an eye out for trucks carrying sugar cane during the fall harvest season.

An alternative route turns northward past Bunkie, taking you to Marksville before turning back south. It then heads northeasterly to Bordelonville, passing the Pomme de Terre Wildlife Management Area and Sutton Lake before continuing to New Roads. This route adds 20 miles to the original trip.