ATCHAFALAYA BASIN, LOUISIANA
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