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Interstate 10, Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

Yes, swamps can be beautiful. You’re looking at Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, the largest swamp in the United States. In the language of the Choctaw people, Atchafalaya means ‘long river,’ and this region of bayous and backwater lakes stretches some 140 miles through southern Louisiana to the Gulf of Mexico. Riding along Interstate 10 here, motorists are likely to see groves of bald cypress – Louisiana’s state tree – and the tupelo tree, which is prized as a honey plant (and immortalized in a Van Morrison song).

The Atchafalaya Basin, or Atchafalaya Swamp, is the largest wetland and swamp in the United States. Located in south central Louisiana, it is a combination of wetlands and river delta area where the Atchafalaya River and the Gulf of Mexico converge. The river stretches from near Simmesport in the north through parts of eight parishes to the Morgan City southern area.
Area: 930.51 sq miles (2,410 km²)
Bridges: Atchafalaya Basin Bridge