Houma to Thibodaux Loop
About 20 miles of the ride is along scenic Bayou Black. At the 14-mile point, you can stop and take a tour of the Wildlife Gardens. The tour features a walk through a cypress swamp that is home to a variety of south Louisiana birds, flowers and animals. At the 20-mile point, you will reach Gibson. Jean’s Cajun Country Store provides a good stop for refreshments.
The ride continues north through a swamp toward Thibodaux. There, you can visit the Jean Lafitte Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, which features exhibits about the lives of Acadians and others whose have lived amid Louisiana’s bayous. The center's bookstore has music, children's books and craft items for sale. Back in Houma, visit the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum on Park Avenue. Or, consider a walking tour of the town’s historic district. You can get a self-guided tour map at the Houma Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Start: Intersection of Hwy. 311 and Mystic Blvd. Parking available at Plantation Casino/Truck Stop at 5418, Hwy. 311.
Houma to Thibodaux
Take Mystic Blvd south.
0.3 Right on St. Charles.
0.9 Right on Southdown Mandaly (across from Whitney Bank). You’ll be riding along Bayou Black.
8.0 Bayou Black water tower.
14.6 Wildlife Gardens and Bed and Breakfast. Guided tours available. Call 985-575-3676 for tour times. Twilight swamp boat tour by reservation.
20.0 Right on Caroll Street at T and stop in Gibson. Jean’s Cajun Corner Store is at the corner of Caroll and Mary. Mac’s Seafood Restaurant is on Mary Street in Gibson.
20.1 Right at T and Stop on Hwy.20. Hwy.20 has a shoulder.
24.7 Chacahoula and Wilson’s Country Store…closed Sunday.
25.0 Left on Hwy. 309 north to Thibodaux.
33.3 Right on Hwy.1 to Thibodaux.
35.4 Thibodaux city limits.
36.2 Jean Lafitte National Historical Park. This Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center tells the story of the Acadians who settled along the bayous and in the swamps and wetlands of southeastern Louisiana. Their origins, migration, settlement and culture are interpreted in this center.
Thibodaux to Houma
0.0 Jean Lafitte Historical Park and Wetlands Center. Left out of parking lot on Hwy.1.
0.2 Left on Hwy.1. Go one block.
0.2 Right on W. 5th Street (Dansereau Inn & Restaurant on right).
0.4 Right on W. Canal Blvd. (Hwy.20).
0.5 St. Joseph’s Cathedral
0.9 Tourist Information and Chamber of Commerce.
4.2 Continue straight on Hwy. 24.
5.7 Right on Hwy. 311 (St. Bridget Church on right).
6.7 Left on Hwy. 311 south.
17.5 Mystic Blvd. in Houma