Start and end your trip anywhere along this out-and-back route. (It is not recommended that you make it a loop by using Highway 57.) Highway 56 follows Bayou Terrebonne, which flows south to Terrebonne Bay and out to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way, you will see fishing, shrimping and oyster boats. At the 14-mile point you will reach Chauvin.
At the 26-mile point, you will come to the Cecil Lapeyrouse Grocery. Meander to the back of the store and go out to the patio – you will feel as if you have landed in the tropics. At the 30-mile point, visit the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, an excellent marine research center for the coastal area. Take time to climb the observation tower and view the magnificent wetlands that stretch as far as the eye can see. Restaurants are available at Coco Marina and at Point Cocodrie Inn. You’ll encounter moderate traffic as you leave Houma. While most of the route has a shoulder, there’s no shoulder on the last 10 miles, but the traffic should be light.
START at Winn Dixie Shopping Center on Hwy. 24 and Prospect. Shoulder begins.
2.6 Royal Casino. At traffic light continue straight on Hwy. 56. (Hwy. 24 goes left)
4.9 Scenery improves.
6.4 Left on Klondike Road. Cross bridge.
6.5 Right on PR 45 (Bayou Side Drive)
10.5 Right at T and Stop. Cross bridge and take immediate left on Hwy. 56.
11.3 Chauvin City Limits
12.2 Many shrimp, oyster and fishing boats.
12.8 Piggly Wiggly
17.9 Shoulder ends. The next ten miles is through the marsh. Traffic will be light except on summer week-ends when people are going to their camps. On week-days, this road has very little traffic.
23.6 Cecil Lapeyrouse Grocery. Antiques & Collectibles, plumbing supplies, boat supplies and more. Visit the patio in the back of the store.
27.7 Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium. Observation tower available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day.
28.0 CoCo Marino Lighthouse Restaurant. Cajun Cuisine in a casual, relaxed atmosphee overlooking CoCo Marina.
28.3 Point Cocodrie Inn (where the road ends and the fishing begins). Rooms open onto a large covered porch with rocking chairs.