This coastal Louisiana parish has a close relationship with nature (with all of her gifts and challenges). The parish seat, the town of Cameron, is located near Gulf waters and has suffered severe hurricane damage. As communities rebuild, the natural splendor of Cameron Parish beckons evermore, especially along the Creole Nature Trail. This network of scenic highways and walking paths winds through 180 miles of marsh, bayou and shoreline, and much of Cameron Parish has been called "Louisiana's Outback" for its plentiful wildlife and untamed beauty. The Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge, located along the trail, opens more than 9,600 acres of marsh and prairie to the public and includes a visitor center, exhibits and a car tour through its grounds. The many hunting guides, lodges and charter fishing operations speak to a robust outdoorsman culture, and Cameron's long coastline has nurtured rare Louisiana beachfront communities, such as Holly Beach.