The City of Natchitoches is the oldest, surviving settlement of the Louisiana Purchase. Due to its history, Natchitoches is rich with heritage and tradition. This is evident in the annual barge parade, the Natchitoches Pilgrimage (a tour of the historic district and plantation homes), and the Christmas Festival known as the Mardi Gras of Northern Louisiana. Don't miss one of the many tours of Natchitoches or forget to stop by the Arts Center.
Natchitoches also offers fun for the family. At Bayou Pierre Alligator Farm, you can enjoy Cajun music, authentic Cajun food, and a whole lot of alligators.
Also, have a picnic or hike one of the trails at Kisatchie National Forest.