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Designation: Louisiana State Scenic Byway
Fees: No toll fees
Length, One-Way: 80 Miles (133.33 Kilometers)
Time: Allow 2 Hours

General Information

Description - Used as a hideout for pirates, as a buffer zone between colonial nations, and as a Civil War fort, the area encompassed by the Old Spanish Trail is fraught with history. The Old Spanish Trail was originally used by the Spanish to travel from their landholding in Texas to other landholding in Florida as cattle trails and trading routes. In 1803, the United States bought the Louisiana Purchase and this time the area was the neutral strip between Spain and the United States. Today, much of U.S. Hwy. 90 is built on the original path of the Old Spanish Trail. Along the trail, stop by Niblett's Bluff and enjoy history at the Civil War Encampment.

Attractions - The Old Spanish Trail is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Location -

Directions from : Take old Highway 90 in Lake Charles to be on the Old Spanish Trail.

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Additional Information:
Louisiana Scenic Byways - Louisiana currently has one National Scenic Byway, the Creole Nature Trail, and sixteen state and National Forest designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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