Ragin' Cajun Country
Bicycle through the heart of Cajun Country and partake of all the food, music, and culture that Acadiana has to offer. On this relaxed tour you can enjoy jambalaya, crawfish pie, and gumbo, and you’ll find that the spicy cuisine of southern Louisiana is complemented by its mellow terrain as you make your way past swamplands, bayous, and fields of sugarcane.
The tour continues through historic Acadian settlements where you can sample a wide range of culinary delights, historic sites, and local music. On the first riding day, we’ll pedal to the Acadian Cultural Center and the famous Festivals Acadiens et Créoles in Lafayette. We will conclude our adventure with an authentic Cajun barn dance.
Don’t miss this chance to “live deep” by pedaling through the Deep South!
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"I was very impressed by the leaders. They were very effective at getting us/gear/equipment/schedules organized, and they were all genuinely glad to be out riding bike with us and getting to know us. I also liked the way the tour was structured — I liked that everyone was able to depart when ready, and ride at their own pace, as long as they arrived before dinner. I felt no pressure to go fast or slow, and that was very liberating for me."
Day 1. Carencro, 0 miles
Meet your touring companions at our first campground for introductions, orientation, and our first overnight. We'll enjoy a hearty dinner and conduct our inaugural map meeting. While you're getting to know your fellow participants, our on-tour mechanic will make sure your bicycle is ready for the Acadian roads. Then it's time to crawl into the tent and get some shut-eye to dream of the cypress swamps and lazy bayous in your future.
Day 2. Carencro to St. Martinville, 24 miles
Today will be an immersion in Acadian culture. We will make our way to Lafayette where we will visit Vermilionville Historic Village and the Acadian Cultural Center. Then we will spend the afternoon at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, the area's largest and most authentic Cajun music festival before riding to our overnight location near St. Martinville.
Day 3. St. Martinville to Butte La Rose, 40 miles
Today we will pedal into rural suburbs and then past fields of sugarcane and rice before entering the town of St. Martinville. The third-oldest town in Louisiana, St. Martinville contains many marvelous examples of Southern architecture, such as the historic St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church and La Maison Duchamp on Main Street. Departing St. Martinville, we'll ride through increasingly rural country until gaining the levee road on the west edge of the Atchafalaya Basin. The campground in Butte La Rose lies along the levee, offering a peaceful place to pitch a tent.
Day 4. Butte La Rose to Breaux Bridge, 39 miles
Departing Butte La Rose, we'll make our way up the levee road past McGee's Landing, and then we'll pedal to Lake Martin for a relaxing tour on the swamp where we'll search for alligators, rare birds, and flowers. After the fascinating sightseeing, it's back to pedaling as we make our way to camp.
Day 5. Breaux Bridge to Chicot State Park, 38 or 58 miles
The longest day of the tour takes us north up the Bayou Teche, through the town of Arnaudville, and to the bayou's origin in Port Barre. At Port Barre the Teche draws water from Bayou Courtableau, then flows southward to meet the Lower Atchafalaya River at Berwick. During the time of the Acadian migration to what was then known as the Attakapas region, in the mid- to late 1700s, boating on the Teche was the primary means of transportation. From Port Barre, we'll follow the Bayou Courtableau northwest and then ride along the southern edge of the Thistlethwaite State Wildlife Management Area before entering the town of Washington. Today we'll also reach the highest elevation on our route — a jaw-dropping 81 feet above sea level! After a long day of pedaling, we will relax along the lake at Chicot State Park.
Day 6. Chicot State Park to Eunice, 41 miles
We'll begin the day with a visit to the Louisiana Arboretum and then continue on the peaceful roads of Chicot State Park as we make our way to Ville Platte. Later, we'll pedal through Mamou, located in the heart of Louisiana's Cajun country and the self-proclaimed "Cajun Music Capital of the World." Arguably the most famous bar in all of Louisiana is Fred's Lounge in Mamou, where KVPI radio out of Ville Platte has been broadcasting its Saturday morning live Cajun music show for more than 50 years. Arriving at our campground, you can pitch your tent, enjoy the lake, and tap your feet to live music in the barn.
Day 7. Eunice to Carencro, 51 miles
We'll pedal through heavily wooded lowlands and across the Bayou Mallet today before winding through Acadian farmland eastward to Grand Coteau. You'll cross the bayous Plaquemine, Wicoff, and Bourbeux, and, finally, begin following the scenic North Wilderness Trail along the east side of the Bayou Fuselier back to where we started. True, the tour may be over — but son of a gun, we had big fun on the bayou!
Know before you go
Information for eBike riders:
Because every rider, eBike, road condition, and elevation profile is different, it is ultimately up to the participant to judge best whether their battery will last through each tour day. We recommend using pedal assist in its lowest setting or off when not needed to maximize battery range. Bringing a second battery is also recommended, and it can be carried by staff and available at a designated stop during the day.