Established in 1714, the city of Natchitoches is Louisiana's oldest city. Today, Natchitoches sits on a beautiful oxbow of the Red River called the Cane River Lake. Outdoorsmen have the opportunity to fish, golf and attend a variety of festivals held in this northern Louisiana city each year.
Natchitoches' location among streams, rivers and lakes makes it an ideal destination for the casual fisherman. Resident and visiting fishermen often cast their lines for bass and a variety of other fish in Sibley Lake, Red River and Cane River Lake. A fishing license is required and can be purchased at any Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office or at certain retail stores. Details about fishing licenses can be found on the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries website.
Golfers can take advantage of Natchitoches' two golf course facilities. Natchitoches Country Club is home to a nine-hole course with a 67.6 rating. Players looking to play 18 holes can go for a round at Northwestern Hills Golf Course. Often referred to as the "Demon Hills" course, the Northwestern Hills Golf Course has a 64.1 rating.
Annual festivals draw residents and visitors out into the streets of Natchitoches year after year. Spice-loving visitors don't miss the Natchitoches Meat Pie Festival held each September to celebrate the regional specialty with meat pie contests, meat pie demonstrations and entertainment. The Haunted History Tour draws those looking to see the spiritual side of the city each Halloween. This event features costumed actors portraying characters from the city's 300-year history and a guided tour of the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. During the Christmas season, the city sparkles with thousands of lights for a series of holiday events.
Natchitoches' proximity to Kisatchie National Forest makes it an ideal destination for hikers. Casual and avid hikers can take advantage of the national park's available hiking trails. Trails range in length from one-half mile to almost 30 miles and run through the park's rolling hills and scenic areas. In addition to hiking, some trails are designated for cycling or horseback riding.
Article Written By Beth Culp
Based in New Orleans, Beth Culp has been a freelance writer and producer since 2004. She enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including travel and outdoor adventure. Culp holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and sociology from Loyola University New Orleans.