Acadiana Park Trails

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This information is a public record of the 1980 NRT application and may be out of date if it has not been updated by a trail manager --
check with the trail manager for updated details before visiting.

Acadiana Park Trails

City, Town, or County Frontcountry Trail
  • Length
    6 miles
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  • Entrance to Palmetto Loop Trail. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.
  • Entrance to Palmetto Loop Trail. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.
  • Boardwalk Bridge. Photo by Stephanie Mabou.
  • Complete Map of Nature Station Trails with Distances. Photo by Stacey Scarce.
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Location: In Lafayette at Acadiana Park, NE of downtown.

  • States: Louisiana

The Acadiana Park Nature Trail is a 42-acre tract of land purchased by the City of Lafayette in 1967. This land has been maintained in an unaltered state to provide a wooded oasis in the midst of sprawling urbanization. It is the goal of the Acadiana Park Nature Station staff to retain this forest complex as a living record of this area's natural landscape.

Upon entering the park, first-time visitors are often surprised to find a series of sloping hills in this region, which is typically known for being very flat. These hill-like formations actually represent the Mississippi River escarpment which divides this area into the floodplain and prairie ecosystems.

Today, the active body within the park is the Fran├žois Coulee (also known as the Dan Debaillon Coulee). Fran├žois Coulee drains from west to east near the northern edge of the park, following the old Mississippi River meander.

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Acadiana Park Nature Station
1205 East Alexander St
Lafayette, LA 70501
(337) 291-8448

Contact the trail manager for current maps and visiting details.

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  • Part of a Trail System? No
  • Surface (primary): Soil
  • Surfaces (additional): Boardwalk

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  • Certified as an NRT
    Feb 25, 1980
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