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Exploring Northern Louisiana Charm
Northern Louisiana offers a wealth of small town charm and big city attractions. History buffs find haven at the Poverty Point National Monument – not to mention numerous historic downtown districts – while outdoor lovers are encouraged to visit dozens of area lakes and state parks.
Located in northeastern Louisiana along Interstate 20, Delhi is a historic Bayou State city with plenty to see and do. Roughly 27 miles northeast of Winnsboro, Delhi is our first stop along the Top of the Boot tour.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Poverty Point National Monument is a 900-acre monument set 20 minutes north of Delhi. Managed by the National Park Service, Poverty Point features several prehistoric mounds, an interpretive museum, hiking trails, and a picnic area.
For a taste of quaint in northern Louisiana, check out the Downtown Delhi Historic District. Check out the annual Poverty Point Festival, or browse and shop through the many boutiques and restaurants in central Delhi.
If you’re looking for some recreational opportunities this summer, check out Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. A 2,700-acre playground, this Louisiana State Park offers swimming, fishing, and boating – plus dry land fun like hiking and bird watching.
Louisiana’s eighth largest city and home to University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe lies approximately 40 miles west of Delhi along Interstate 20. Surrounded by cities like West Monroe, Monroe offers plenty of activities for northern Louisiana travelers.
Monroe yields plenty of activities. Check out the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens, and the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum. For those traveling with children, visit the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum or the Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo – or both!
Fans of A&E’s “Duck Dynasty” can stop by the Duck Commander store and headquarters in West Monroe. Try other Duck Dynasty activities like the Duck Commander Cruise, Robertson Family Wines at the Trinchero Family Estates winery, and the Duck Commander Hometown Tour.
The Monroe area is also big for golfers. Swing by the Chennault Park Golf Course, or The Links at Muny in Forsythe Park. Other courses include the Bayou Desiard Country Club and the Frenchman's Bend Country Club.
The beautiful city of Bastrop is set 25 miles north of Monroe along US Route 165. Plenty of outdoor adventure can be found in Morehouse Parish, plus cultural sites and even fresh produce.
Check out attractions in Bastrop including the 1914 (Morehouse) Parish Courthouse, the Rose Theater, Bonita Village Museum, and the Snyder Museum & Creative Arts Center.
Want to taste the best of what northeastern Louisiana has to offer? Peruse the local fruits and veggies of the Morehouse Parish Farmers Market.
Covering over 500 acres, Chemin-A-Haut State Park is set just 10 miles north of Bastrop. Visitors enjoy fishing in Big Slough Lake, paddling on Bayou Batholowmew, hiking Bobcat Trail, or trotting down the eight-mile Equestrian Trail.
Still on Interstate 20, the western suburb of Minden is located just over 70 miles west of Monroe after you’ve passed Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University.
Also surrounded by cities like Mansfield, Shreveport is the third largest city in the state and home to the Louisiana State University at Shreveport and Southern University at Shreveport. Port City also offers more than enough to see and do.
Visitors must make time for the Barnwell Garden & Art Center, the Touchstone Wildlife & Art Museum, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery, and the Gardens of the American Rose Center.
Shoppers, be sure to hit the Louisiana Boardwalk or Mall St. Vincent.
This being Louisiana, Shreveport is an extremely festive city. Early spring brings the much-anticipated Mardi Gras celebrations, while other major events include the Highland Jazz & Blues Festival in the fall, and the Holiday in Dixie at the Festival Plaza come springtime.
Other festivities found on the Port City event calendar comprise of the Red River Revel art fair, Mudbug Madness food festival, and the State Fair of Louisiana.
Fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing can be found at Cross Lake right in Shreveport. The adjacent Ford Park features playgrounds and picnic spots, plus disc golf, walking trails, and ball fields.
And if you’re looking for a longer day on the water, check out the Lake Bistineau State Park. There you’ll find an 11-mile canoe trail, more fishing, and miles of hiking and biking trails.