Tucked up against Mississippi and Arkansas, the northeast corner of Louisiana is a region rich in outdoor recreation and archaeological wonders. If you’re yearning for an RV camping trip that’s a little out of the ordinary, use our quick overview to start planning your RV excursion to Northeast Louisiana.
We mentioned there’s an abundance of outdoor recreation available in this area bordered on the east by the Mighty Mississippi. Picturesque state parks surround legendary fishing lakes, and the bayous that wind through the region offer top-notch wildlife viewing opportunities. Here are three destinations that draw motorhome travelers year-round:
- Poverty Point Reservoir State Park: Hike the trails along Bayou Macon on this state park’s eastern edge or launch your boat on the bright blue waters of Poverty Point Reservoir. A well-planned state park with first class facilities, Poverty Point lures thousands of fishermen each year with the promise of crappie, largemouth bass and channel cats. Camping in an RV is easy, thanks to modern, affordable campsites near the water.
- Lake D’Arbonne State Park: Ski, swim, hike or fish this beautiful state park defined by rolling hills and lush pine forests. Louisiana’s Office of State Parks has done a great job of designing fishing piers, boat docks and campgrounds to serve Lake D’Arbonne’s visitors. Come for the crappie, catfish and bream fishing, but plan time to hike or bike the trails, too. By the way, both state parks we’ve mentioned offer a discount with your America the Beautiful Senior and Access Pass!
- Tensas River National Wildlife Refuge (PDF): Just down the road from Tallulah, Louisiana you’ll find a natural wonderland waiting to thrill your family. Hundreds of species of fish, birds and animals can be seen if you keep your eyes open along the trails and auto tour route. By the way, we hear this is a great place to observe the endangered Louisiana Black Bear in a protected natural setting. Take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the refuge to turn your outdoor adventure into a classroom for the kids.
As inviting as the lakes, state parks and wildlife refuges of Northern Louisiana are, there’s another fascinating layer your RV camping crew will enjoy discovering. One of the largest prehistoric earthworks in the world, Poverty Point National Monument and State Historic Site is managed by the State of Louisiana and gives a glimpse into the awesome accomplishments of the area’s prehistoric residents.
The Poverty Point archaeological site reveals enormous concentric ridges marching up a hillside, punctuated by large mounds and creating an encampment nearly a mile in diameter. Take the tram tour to get the full effect of this outstanding example of prehistoric construction, and make sure to visit the interpretive museum to view artifacts collected during excavation. Where to camp when visiting Poverty Point National Monument? The campgrounds we mentioned at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park are just twenty minutes away!
Get ready to indulge your senses in the bayous, lakes and pine forests of Northeast Louisiana. It’s a place worth getting to know, and RV camping makes exploring it easy and affordable.