This ride begins in historic St. Martinville and loops eastward past Lake Dautrieve to Lake Fausse Point State Park, 6,000 acres near what once was the home site of the Chitimacha Indians. The park, at the edge of a beautiful water wilderness, is a perfect point from which to explore the natural and cultural heritage of South Louisiana. Combine your wilderness adventure with a tour of nearby historic areas such as the city of St. Martinville and Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, which interprets history of French-speaking cultures along Bayou Teche by comparing life on an 1800s French Creole Plantation to typical Acadian farmsteads.
The nearby St. Martinville Cultural Heritage Center houses the African American Museum and the Museum of the Acadian Memorial, which honors the 3,000 Acadian exiles who took refuge in Louisiana. Just outside of St. Martinville is Oak and Pine Alley, once the setting of an elaborate wedding that has become the stuff of legend. For a shorter tour, take the nine-mile St. Martinville to Oak and Pine Alley to Evangeline State Historic Site route.