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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.