Washington-Breaux Bridge Trail
Interesting Cajun communities, including Opelousas, Sunset and Grand Coteau, lie along the route from Washington south to Breaux Bridge. Washington was a thriving steamboat town in its heyday and today is home to the Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant. Opelousas is known as the “world capital of zydeco” music. Right outside of Sunset is beautiful Chretien Point Plantation, where you can tour the historic home or enjoy a mint julep on the veranda.
In Grand Coteau, see the Academy of the Sacred Heart, built in 1821 to educate the daughters of the wealthy planters and still a lovely school. In Breaux Bridge you will arrive at the “crawfish capital of the world,” which celebrates the famous crustacean every May with the Crawfish Festival. Stop for a meal and maybe a Cajun two-step in one of the local dance halls. When you head northward back toward Washington, you’ll traverse the heart of Cajun Country, through Arnaudville, Leonville and Port Barre. You’ll find lots of places to stop for food, drink and friendly chats with locals.
Start: Washington Tourist Information Center on Main Street. Take Hwy.103 East (St. Landry Veteran’s Memorial Highway) out of Washington.
0.7 Go under Interstate 49.
1.5 Right on Hwy.743.
3.9 Right on Hwy. 744. Easily missed!
4.2 Left on Bay Ridge Road (small country road).
5.0 Left at T and Stop on Frontage Road (following I 49).
7.6 Right at T and Stop. Go under I 49. You will be on East Prudhomme in Opelousas.
8.5 Left on Tunica Street at 4-Way Stop. Tunica changes name to Wallior.
9.1 Right on Grolee.
9.4 Lombard Street. Tony Chachere Seasonings Factory will be to the right on Lombard. Call ahead at 337-948-4691 if you would like a tour of the factory.
9.5 J.B Sandoz Hardware Store corner of Grolee and Main. Take time to visit this very unusual hardware store that covers a square block in downtown Opelousas.
Note: At the interestion of Grolee and Main Street, you can walk your bike 1/2 block to the Opelousas Museum and Interpretive Center on Main Street. At this museum, you can learn the history of Zydeco Music as well as the history of Opelousas.
9.5 Continue on Grolee to reach Market Street.
9.8 Left on Market Street.
10.0 Corner of Landry and Market Street. In this area is the Palace Cafe, Back in Time, and What Bayou Trading Company.. What Bayou Trading company specializes in Cajun Handicrafts and Cajun Music CD’s. Back in Time and the Palace Cafe are both excellent choices for a good meal.
10.0 Continue on Market Street to leave Opelousas.
10.8 Left on Bertheaud Ave.
11.0 Right on Union Street (Hwy. 182). There will be moderate traffic on this strectch of road in Opelousas, but there is a shoulder. And the traffic will lessen as you leave the city.
19.7 Hwy. 95. You can take this road to reach Chretien Point Plantation and Bed and Breakfast. You are now in the town of Sunset.
20.1 Budd Street. La Caboose Bed and Breakfast in on Bud Street. Get ready for a left hand turn.
20.2 Left on Hwy. 93
20.9 Grand Coteau. Follow Hwy. 93 through Grand Coteau.
21.4 Traffic light at intersection of Hwy.93 and Church Street. To visit the Academy of the Sacred Heart, turn left on Church Street. Catahoula’s Restaurant and several nice shops are along Martin Luther King (Hwy. 93) Take time to eat and browse in this lovely old Acadian town. Grand Coteau Bed & Breakfast is also on Martin Luther King.
22.0 Continue on Hwy.93 East toward Arnaudville.
26.1 Right on Bayou Fuselier Road. Easily missed!
30.2 Left on Hwy. 726.
31.4 Right on Wilderness Trail.
35.4 Bayou Wilderness Campground and Store.
35.4 Left on St. Clair at Y.
37.2 Right at T and Stop on Hwy. 354.
39.6 Straight ahead on Hebert Road. Do not follow 354 to the right!
41.0 Right on N. Berard Street (Hwy.31).
41.5 Junction of Hwy. 94 and Hwy. 31. Continue straight on Hwy.31 to reach downtown Breaux Bridge.
42.4 Left on Bridge Street at traffic light.
42.6 Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center in Breaux Bridge.