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ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, LOU­I­SI­ANA

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ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, LA Pad­dle through Ca­jun Coun­try to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try’s last—and one of its best— dis­plays of fall color.

To see one of the sea­son’s last color shows, you need a pad­dle. Tucked away in south­ern Lou­i­si­ana, a 1.4-mil­lion-acre swamp serves up some of the South’s most elec­tric fall fo­liage when the thick­crowned tu­pe­los and cy­presses blaze red and cop­per come mid-Novem­ber. There’s no wrong way to stage a trip into Atchafalaya Basin, and with the con­stantly chang­ing cur­rents, noth­ing is a given, any­way, but you can do as pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Moore did. He overnighted at one of the five ca­noe-friendly camp­grounds at Lake Fausse Pointe ($25; re­serveam­er­ica.com), then ex­plored the black­wa­ter bay­ous by boat. If you’re look­ing for a more re­mote (and chal­leng­ing) ad­ven­ture, find the Morgan City levee break off Levee Road (near 29.7953, -91.1719) and launch your boat where Lit­tle Bayou Sor­rel spills into the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way. Pad­dle roughly 4 miles west through the cy­press-lined chan­nel, keep­ing an eye open for dry land. There should be a site large enough for your tent near the con­flu­ence of Lit­tle Bayou Sor­rel, Bayou Chevreuil, and Bayou Gun­nie. (Pack drink­ing wa­ter.) Re­trace your strokes on the re­turn. PER­MIT None CON­TACT atchafalaya.org

CHRIS MOORE / TANDEMSTOCK.COM

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