Ashley Herrick is the assistant director of the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. She grew up in Ponchatoula and spent her summers making cardboard castles and eating ice cream at her grandparents’ sno-ball stand. After living abroad in Wales, Nova Scotia and France, Herrick is even more aware of Louisiana’s unique and vibrant culture, which she loves sharing with visitors from around the world. Now based in Baton Rouge, her favorite hobby involves grabbing her camera and a few friends to search for new Louisiana adventures. And if she gets to speak French along the way, that’s even better. You can reach Herrick at [email protected].

  • Tue, 03/22/2016

    It’s a warm and sunny Saturday morning in April, and I find myself gliding in a canoe through the dark waters of south Louisiana. I was terrified of paddling as a child—I couldn’t get over what might be swimming beneath the...

  • Thu, 04/02/2015

    Visitors come to Louisiana to experience the state’s unique culture and way of life. They are also fascinated by the unusual flora and fauna that thrive here. The 14-parish Atchafalaya National Heritage Area (pronounced uh-CHA-...

  • Wed, 09/24/2014

    If you drive down I-10 through south-central Louisiana, you’ll notice big brightly painted brown highway signs for the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area. The American-Indian word Atchafalaya (Think of a sneeze: uh-CHA-fuh-LIE-uh...