The diverse landscapes and ecosystems to be found across Louisiana make it a wonderland for nature lovers. For those who enjoy bird-watching, an extensive network of birding trails provides opportunities to view wide-ranging species in unique and exotic habitats. Many of Louisiana's wildlife refuges and other protected areas are open for hiking, biking and photography, canoeing and kayaking, and maybe even camping, to afford excellent first-hand experiences in fascinating natural settings. The landscapes you can enjoy here range from the steep, green hills of the Kisatchie National Forest to the coastal wetlands of the Atchafalaya Basin, with prairies, lakes, bayous and man-made reservoirs in between. Visitors have easy access to many of these areas via guided tours, scenic byways and protected walkways that allow close-ups on such amazing creatures as alligators. Come explore some of the most unusual landscapes in America!