Atchafalaya Heritage Area in Louisiana
An American-Indian word, "Atchafalaya" (ah-CHA-fa-LIE-ah) means long river. Established in 2006, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area stretches across 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana. It is among the most culturally rich and ecologically varied regions in the United States, home to the widely recognized Cajun culture as well as a diverse population of European, African, Caribbean and Native-American descent.
With a story around every bend and music from every corner, the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area is an ever-changing landscape that provides an endless source of education and entertainment. Visitors can explore the complex river swamp eco-system by foot, fan-boat, horse-back, bike or car and witness more than 85 species of fish, 200 species of birds, alligators, black bear and other wildlife. The area also includes historic downtown entertainment districts in the towns of Eunice, Houma and Opelousas among others. These designated “Main Streets” provide shopping and dining experiences that reflect the cultural richness of the Atchafalaya. More information can be found at www.atchafalaya.org