Just a short drive from the start/finish area is the historic town of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Voted the "best southern small town" by USA Today, it sits on the beautiful Cane River. Established in 1714, Natchitoches is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. It is filled with quaint shops and beautiful Bed & Breakfasts, including the "Steel Magnolia House".
Check out all of the great options for B & B lodging in Natchitoches HERE.
If you are a history buff, you have come to the right place! While in the area, visit the Cane River Creole National Historic Park.
The Cane River region is home to a unique culture; the Creoles. The nearly three hundred year relationship between the Cane River Creoles and their homeland was shaped by the river. This relationship was tested by flood, drought, war, and numerous other obstacles. Luckily, their resilience and resourcefulness has allowed the Creole culture to endure and thrive.
Another worthy stop, the Cane River National Heritage Area.