Louisiana National Parks
NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
Atchafalaya Our country’s landscape is rich and mysterious. It is filled with twisting bayous, rivers and America’s largest river swamp. We have fields of sugar cane and cotton, ancient live oaks and towering cypress. Alligators, raccoons, and even bears roam our lands while 270 species of birds take to our skies. From our waters come catfish, shrimp, oysters and the crawfish that make us so well known.
NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA
Cane River Natchitoches, LA
More than 300-years of history are etched into the rural landscape of colonial forts, plantations, churches, cemeteries, and homes that comprise Cane River National Heritage Area. Historically, this region lay at the intersection of the French and Spanish Realms in the New World, with the town of Natchitoches originating as an important 18th century trade center. Image of Cane River Banner Alerts & Conditions » Basic Information » Calendar » Maps » NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK Cane River Creole Natchez, LA The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. Generations of the same families of owners and workers, enslaved and tenant, lived on these lands for over 200 years. The park tells their stories and preserves the cultural landscape of Oakland and Magnolia Plantations, two of the most intact Creole cotton plantations in the United States.
NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL
El Camino Real de los Tejas Various States TX, LA
Come on a journey that will carry you through 300 years of Louisiana and Texas frontier settlement and development on a Spanish colonial “royal road” that originally extended to Mexico City, Mexico.
NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK AND PRESERVE
Jean Lafitte New Orleans, LA
In Jean Lafitte’s day, silver and gold filled a pirate’s treasure chest, but today’s treasures are people, places, and memories. Discover New Orleans’ rich cultural mix. Learn Cajun traditions from people who live them. Watch an alligator bask on a bayou’s bank. Walk in the footsteps of the men who fought at 1815’s Battle of New Orleans. Follow the link to discover the treasure of Jean Lafitte.
NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK
New Orleans Jazz New Orleans, LA
Only in New Orleans could there be a National Park for jazz! Drop by our visitor center at 916 North Peters St. to inquire about musical events around town. In the mood for a world class musical experience? Attend a jazz concert or ranger performance at the state of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.
Poverty Point Epps, LA
Now a nearly forgotten culture, Poverty Point at its peak 3,000 years ago was part of an enormous trading network that stretched for hundreds of miles across the continent. It was – and is – also an engineering marvel, the product of five million hours of labor. Explore the culture of a highly sophisticated people who left behind one of North America’s most important archeological sites.
NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Vicksburg Vicksburg, MS, LA
To Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Vicksburg was the “nailhead that holds the South’s two halves together.” President Abraham Lincoln remarked “Vicksburg is the key” to victory, and could be the north’s lifeline into the south. As the federals closed in on the Fortress City, they were met by a ring of forts with over 170 cannon. The resulting battle would determine the war’s outcome.