Avoyelles, LA

Come to Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana located in the heart of Louisiana, a short drive from New Orleans, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport, or wherever you are for history, culinary experiences, and a whole lot of fun?

The Northup Trail will take you along the path of Solomon Northup during his 12-year journey in Central Louisiana.  Originally from New York, Northup was kidnapped, sold as a slave in New Orleans, and arrived in Alexandria in 1841 until he legally regained his freedom at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse in 1853.

Travel through the family-owned pecan grove along the way to Riverside Pecan Company for a farm to confectionery experience where homegrown pecans are the main ingredient for pralines, clusters, and many other delicacies made on-site at the family-owned business.  Continue our agricultural tour by visiting 2Sisters Salsa, locally produced and nationwide distributed.  Come see the seafood operation at Bernard’s Seafood Enterprises, see crawfish being processed (in season) then lunch at the family-owned and operated restaurant.

Join us annually for festival fun!  Beginning with spring and the Easter Egg Knocking Festivals, to Cochon de Lait Festival and Tunica Pow-Wow in May at the Tunica Biloxi Reservation continuing in the summer with the LA Corn Festival and the annual Arts & Music Festival on Fourth of July in Marksville (Louisiana’s longest-running 4th Celebration) to the many activities in the fall ending with Christmas on the Bayou in Cottonport on the second weekend in December, we are here to celebrate you.

Calling all golfers, play Tamahka Trails (Audubon Golf Trail) at Paragon Casino Resort & RV Park or Gator Golf at Gator Grounds RV Waterpark Resort just off I-49.  Both have great courses, clubhouses, and many more amenities!

After a nature tour of Avoyelles Parish, enjoy a tour of Broken Wheel Brewery, a locally handcrafted microbrewery, serving local brews named after legends and historical influences.  Walk the Tunica Biloxi Nature Trail and experience the Marc Dupuy Wildlife Walking Trail at the National Wildlife Refuge in Fifth Ward. 

Down Here is How We Play, at Paragon Casino Resort, the good times keep rolling all day and all night.  The actions begin on the casino floor with the latest slots, table games, and a poker room.  There’s still more fun in store for you with a luxurious spa, retail shops, cinema, comfortable hotel rooms, restaurants, and more!  Where else can you see alligators and cypress trees in a bayou in the hotel lobby, but Avoyelles Parish!