Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Learn the history of the Creole people by visiting Oakland and Magnolia Plantations. For over 200 years, generations of the same families worked and lived at these two locations along Louisiana's Cane River. Join park rangers on a guided tour of the antebellum homes set under large magnolia trees. Then, tour the outbuildings, including enslaved people's and sharecropper's quarters, corn cribs, medical office, and store. Imagine the work it took to raise tobacco and cotton and the landowners' grand parties to celebrate weddings and births on these properties where people lived for over eight generations. Head to nearby Natchitoches to eat some of the famous meat pies and shop at their general store that has been in continuous operation since 1863. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Join a park ranger for a tour of Oakland Plantation. Learn how people prepared meals in this home built in 1821 and why workers constructed it without any closets. Then, go on a self-guided tour of the 60 historic outbuildings, including a cook's cabin, the pigeonnier, and tenant cabins. Take the short drive to Natchez to visit Magnolia Mounds Plantation to learn about the struggles that the Civil War brought to this farm. There are 20 outbuildings that you can tour on your own. 

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How To Get To Cane River Creole National Historical Park

Most people choose to start their visit to Cane River National Historical Park at Oakland Plantation. Head south from Natchitoches on LA-1 South. Turn left onto LA-119 South, which will become LA-494 West. The historic site will be on your right. 


4386 LA-494, Natchez, Louisiana 71456

Fee: Entry fee $0

Learn about Creole history that happened along the Cane River over 200 years by visiting the Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Tour Oakland and Magnolia Mound plantations. Then, explore other historical sites along the river. Kisatchie National Forest is a fantastic place to go hiking with several different options available. Shop until you drop in Natchitoches while fueling your shopping spree with meat pies and other Creole favorites. The best way to explore Arcadia is in an RV. If you do not have one, you can easily rent one on RVshare.com.