Louisiana is a great place to visit in an RV. You can drive to all sorts of out-of-the-way destinations with amazing sights to see when you arrive. A winter vacation is perfect in Louisiana because the weather is ideal for boating, hiking, bird watching and much more.
The Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in southwest Louisiana is the place to go. Established as the perfect habitat for migratory birds and waterfowl, this refuge offers the solitude and beauty of marshes, oak ridges and coastal prairie, all coming together to bring you a nature experience that will stay in memory for many years to come. Because this region is designated an “Internationally Important Bird Area,” it means that birders will find a paradise for bird watching.
Sabine National Wildlife Refuge is only one of the four federal wildlife refuges that make up the Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Others you can visit when the time is right are Cameron Prairie, Lacassine and Shell Keys Refuges. For winter habitat, these areas excel and are a welcome place of refuge for migratory waterfowl of all kinds.
On your way to the refuge, you will pass through the town of Sulphur, Louisiana. You can stop here for a visit to get a feel for the heritage of the state and enjoy some of the delicious foods served in their authentic restaurants. Make your home base at Hidden Ponds RV Park in Sulphur. They have full hookups and free WiFi as well as a pond where you can try a little fishing. Then it is only a 22-mile drive to the south to reach the Wildlife Refuge.
While you visit this unique wildlife refuge, you will get to experience the Creole Nature Trail All American Road in all its beauty. This untamed wilderness is a combination of coastal wetlands and marshes where animals and birds roam free in their native habitat. Here you can be inspired by the wonders and even cast a line into the waters to catch a variety of fish.
Do you love to go boating? You will find a boat launch at the West Cove Recreation Area that lies along Highway 27. The bayous, canals and waterways invite you out into the sun for a lot of fun. You can go crabbing here from mid-March to mid-October.
More crabbing opportunities are available at the Northline Recreation Area as well as at Blue Crab Recreation Area and Hog Gulley. This is also a great place to do some photography. Even if you are a novice, you will certainly get some wonderful shots that will speak clearly of your visions. Watch more wildlife wandering, feeding and drinking.
Check out the Visitor Center to watch some educational films and pick up some leaflets to help guide you as you head for the Wetland Walkway. Take boardwalks or trails and stop at observation decks to marvel at the freshwater marsh. Rest shelters are all along the way where you can stop for a break. This is the ideal way to end your Sabine National Wildlife Refuge RV trip before heading home.