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Art Gallery

Natchitoches Art Guild & Gallery
Open Monday-Saturday, 10-5; Sunday, 11:30-3
584 Front St. Suite 102 Natchitoches , LA 71457
Orville Hanchey Gallery
Open Monday-Thursday, 8-4:30; Friday, 8-12
75 Sam Sibley Drive, Northwestern State University Campus Natchitoches , LA 71457

Outdoor Recreation

Briarwood Nature Preserve

Briarwood is the ancestral home of Caroline Dorman, a world renowned botanist.

Briarwood is a private foundation open for public tours during: March, April, May, October and November; Saturdays, 9-5; Sundays, 12-5. Weekday tours are available by appointment only.
216 Caroline Dorman Road Saline, LA 71070
Cane River Waterway
1679 Hwy 493 Natchitoches , LA 71457
Kisatchie National Forest
229 Dogwood Park Road Provencal, LA 71468
Red River National Wildlife Refuge
150 Eagle Bend Point Bossier City, LA 71112


Cane River Creole National Historical Park Magnolia Plantation Unit
Free Admission
Open Daily, 8-4
5549 Hwy. 119 Derry , LA 71416
Cane River Creole National Historical Park Oakland Plantation Unit
Free Admission
Open Daily, 8-4
4386 Hwy. 494 Natchez, LA 71456
Melrose Plantation
Admission Charged
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10-5
3533 Hwy. 119 Melrose , LA 71452


Adai Caddo Indian Nation Cultural Center
4460 Hwy. 485 Robeline, LA 71449
Bayou Pierre Alligator Park
Admission Charged
Open April 2-October 16, Saturdays and Sundays only, 10-5
380 Bayou Pierre Road Natchitoches , LA 71457
Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site
Admission Charged
Open Wednesday-Sunday, 9-5
115 Jefferson St. Natchitoches , LA 71457
Grand Ecore Visitor Center

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers signed a cooperative agreement on Monday, November 9, 2015 to operate the Grand Ecore Visitor Center (GEVC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Under the new agreement, CRNHA will assist the Corps in daily operations and staffing of the Grand Ecore Visitor Center, create community outreach and educational programs, improve interpretive services, and enhance the marketing and heritage tourism initiatives of the site. Steven Fullen, CRNHA Director of Interpretation, will serve as the CRNHA liaison. The Corps will continue to maintain its facility management responsibilities as part of the agreement.

The GEVC was opened in May 2003 as part of the recreational opportunities created for the J. Bennett Johnston Waterway, a 236-mile segment of Red River extending from Shreveport to the Mississippi River. The Visitor Center is located at Grand Ecore, a small community about four miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and commands a panoramic view from a bluff 80 feet above the Red River.  The Visitor Center displays exhibits which educate and inform the public about the Red River Waterway and the Corps of Engineers’ role in development, preservation, and enhancement of the water resources in the region, as well as the geology, paleontology, and Native American cultures of the region.

Free Admission
Open Daily, 12-4pm
106 Tauzin Island Road Natchitoches , LA 71457
LA Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest LA History Museum
Admission Charged
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4:30
800 Front St. Natchitoches , LA 71457
Los Adaes State Historic Site

Los Adaes, the symbol of New Spain in Louisiana, was once the capital of Texas and the scene of a unique cooperation among the French, the Spanish and the indigenous Native Americans. An area rich in archaeological finds, it thrives today as one of Louisiana's most intriguing state Historic Sites.

Open Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-4pm
6354 Hwy. 485 Robeline, LA 71449
National Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
Free Admission
Open Daily, 3-5
615 South Drive Natchitoches , LA 71457
Rebel State Historic Site & LA Country Music Museum

Rebel State Historic Site traces its origin back to the days of the American Civil War. According to a local legend, a young Confederate soldier became separated from his unit and shortly after he stopped at a spring for a drink of water the lad was spotted by three Union cavalrymen and killed.

The Barnhill family, local residents who had spoken with the soldier shortly before he was shot, discovered his body and buried him beside the road where he had died. In 1962, area residents placed a marker on the spot and began to hold annual memorial services in honor of the Unknown Confederate Soldier. Rebel State Historic Site has been established at this soldier's final resting place.

But it's the people's love for country and gospel music and their need for an attractive outdoor gathering place that has made Rebel grow and prosper. Musical programs at Rebel throughout the year commemorate the strong folk music traditions of this area of the state.

1260 Hwy. 1221 Marthaville , LA 71450