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You have a several options for making this a longer or shorter trip to New Iberia. On leaving Fausse Point State Park you can loop north and westward around Lake Dauterive, or you can shorten the trip by taking a boat shuttle to the Loreauville Landing, then picking up the original route on Highway 86. When you get to Highway 87, you will have another choice to make: You can turn right and take a short cut to New Iberia, or you can go left and follow farther along Bayou Teche, a route that will take you through Jeanerette. This road will take you past Alice Plantation and Bayside Plantation, and in Jeanerette you might stop at LeJenue’s Bakery for fresh French bread or hot ginger bread.

Whichever way you go, you will see a lot of Bayou Teche and cross the bayou three times as you make your way to New Iberia. (To reserve a boat for the Loreauville shuttle, call Captain Cleve at 337-220-6333.)