Grab a deal on rental RVs so that you can explore Natchitoches, Louisiana and the surrounding area. Exploring Natchitoches Parish, one of the oldest parishes in the state, in a travel trailer is the most popular choice, and travel trailers start at about $85 per night. Another super option is a Class C motorhome because you can quickly get around this area surrounding the Cane River, and they begin at about $158 per night. Enjoy a budget-friendly trip by renting a popup camper starting at about $60 nightly, or opt for a luxurious stay in a Class A motorhome beginning at about $190 nightly.
Alexandria, Louisiana, is a fun city to explore. Spend a couple of hours seeing the animals at the Alexandria Zoological Park. The Louisiana History Museum is a great place to learn more about Cajun and Creole history by exploring the Louisiana History Museum. Nearby, Lake Buhlow is a fantastic place to fish and paddle.
Shreveport, Louisiana, and its twin Bossier City are beautiful towns to explore, especially in the spring when the roses are blooming at The American Rose Center. A warm summer afternoon is the perfect time to play at Splash Kingdom. Betty Virginia Park is a fantastic spot for a picnic and a run.
Learn more about 19th-century life in Cajun country by going to Lafayette's LARC Arcadian Village. You will be surprised at the treasures you see inside the Hilliard Art Museum. Especially if you have children along, stop and spend a morning exploring the Lafayette Science Museum.
Natchitoches is the oldest community within the Louisiana Purchase, but the town's history dates back to before 1691, when Canary Islanders moved to this area from Mexico. Explorers traded with Caddo, Cocinthés, and Pani Native Americans, with both sides remaining friendly to each other. While the region originally belonged to France, Spain administered this area, and farmers grew large tobacco crops. By 1820, the community had become the largest in the state west of the Mississippi River. You will want to visit Cane River Creole National Historical Park to learn more.
Napoleon sold the Louisiana Purchase area to the U.S. government in 1803, and it took the residents of Natchitoches a while to acclimate to America's culture. The government built Fort Claiborne in 1804 in Natchitoches and replaced it a few years later with Fort Jesup, located seven miles west of town. While using the fort as a base of operations to explore Spanish Texas, one local project completed was the removal of a 100-mile-long logjam, which had made boat travel north of Natchitoches nearly impossible. The removal had the unintended consequence of rerouting the Red River away from the city and made steamboat travel impossible, except during times of high water. The removal of the logs created Cane River Lake, a fantastic place to go boating, fishing, and paddling.
Troops ravaged Natchitoches during the Civil War, and low cotton prices made it difficult for plantation owners to recover. In addition to visiting the Cane River Creole National Historical Park, you will want to visit the Natchitoches Historic District on the west bank of the Cane River. Shopping is terrific in this area. In particular, you will want to explore the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile store, which Jewish-Prussian immigrants established in 1863. Nearby, you will find Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant. The folded in half meat pies at this restaurant were developed in 1958 and have delighted many diners, including the stars of Steel Magnolias, which was filmed entirely in this community of about 37,000 people.
Many - Louisiana Legislature passed Act 46, forming this community on March 21, 1843, when they created Sabine Parish. They named the town after Colonel James B. Many, who commanded the garrison at Fort Jesup. This town has about 2,700 residents.
12 Gas Stations
5 RV dump stations
Ashland - This community was home to a large turntable operated by the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway. Andrew R. Johnson, who gave the land for the turntable's construction, named this community after his hometown of Ashland, Alabama. A large fire destroyed 10 homes in this community in 2010.
1 Gas station
1 RV Dump Station
Arcadia – Arcadia is the parish seat of Bienville Parish. Learn more about this area's history by stopping at the Arcadia Depot Museum and the Bonnie and Clyde Museum. Driskell Mountain is a great place for a hike.
20+ Gas Stations
5 RV dump station
Hot Springs National Park is a fantastic place to visit if you're headed north to Arkansas. You will love the 260-mile drive through the Ouachita National Forest, which is the oldest in America, on your way to this park as it is an awesome place to go hiking. Once you arrive, you will want to explore Bathhouse Row, where you can go shopping, get a spa treatment, drink a beer and tour a museum. Once protected by the government as Hot Springs Reservation, this Arkansas location became a national park on August 25, 1916, when Congress created the National Park Service.
Use the two boat launches at Jimmie Davis State Park near Chatham to launch your vessel onto Caney Lake. The mixed pine and hardwood forest along this lake's shoreline looks beautiful when viewed from the water. Your children will love the spacious playground at this park, and there are grills and other facilities for outdoor cooking. This park also has terrific places for a bike ride.
South Toledo Bend State Park near Anacoco sits high on the bluffs overlooking the reservoir where organizers often host national bass fishing tournaments. Consider visiting this park in the winter to see the bald eagles that overwinter there. This park's nature trail is a fascinating place to go hiking.
Rent a boat at North Toledo Bend State Park to explore the reservoir. Two boat ramps and a large parking lot are also available if you want to bring your own. There are two hiking trails at this park. A variety of campsites are available.
You will want to visit American Cemetery while in Natchitoches as many scenes from "Steel Magnolias" were filmed at this location. Settlers created the cemetery in 1737. The location is probably the second location of Fort St. Jean Baptiste, with the first one submerged under Cane River Lake. Wander through this location to see the old monuments that were almost abandoned before a group of women raised funds to restore the cemetery in 1904.
Cane River Zydeco Festival & Poker Run – Head to the historical downtown area to enjoy live bands or participate in the poker run during this August festival.
Adai Caddo Indian Nation's Annual Pow Wow - Tribes from Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas perform traditional dances during this October festival held at the Adai Caddo Indian Nation Cultural Center.
Christmas Festival of Lights – Watch the Christmas parade, join in the fun run and shop with art and food vendors during this December festival in the historic district.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge – Located between Colfax, Louisiana, and the Arkansas state line, this national refuge is a great place to go hiking, view wildlife and fish.
Kisatchie National Forest – Fishing, hiking, biking, and hunting can all be done in this national forest.
Natchitoches City Park – This park offers recreational and picnic areas and is often used for youth sports.
Cane River Waterway – The Cane River runs for 36 miles and has two boat ramps.
Sibley Lake – This 2,000-acre lake and the land surrounding it is a great place for fishing, hunting, boating, skiing, camping and picnicking.
There are fantastic campgrounds in and near Alexandria, Louisiana. Enjoy stunning views of the Mississippi River when you camp at River View RV Park and Resort. River Cities RV Park is right off Interstate 49, making it easy to explore the entire region. Alexandria RV Park offers daily, weekly and monthly rates.
Convenient Louisiana RV dump stations are located in many locations. The Chevron station in Natchitoches has one. Nakatosh RV Park also has an easy-to-use option. A little further away, Ajax Country Living At I-49 R.V. Park in Marthaville and Grand Bayou Resort in Coushatta offers them.
Using a Louisiana RV storage facility makes it easy to go camping without your RV always being in your way. Keep Safe Self Storage, the largest storage facility in Natchitoches offers outdoor parking. Cedar Grove RV and Boat Storage offers indoor storage. Additionally, consider CS & M may have outdoor parking.
Motorhomes are divided into Class A, B, and C vehicles. On average expect to pay $185 per night for Class A, $149 per night for Class B and $179 per night for Class C. Towable RVs include 5th Wheel, Travel Trailers, Popups, and Toy Hauler. On average, in Natchitoches, LA, the 5th Wheel trailer starts at $70 per night. Pricing for the Travel Trailer begins at $60 per night, and the Popup Trailer starts at $65 per night.Do you need to be a certain age to rent an RV in Natchitoches?
Yes. The minimum age is 25 to be eligible to get an RV Rental in Natchitoches from RVshare.Does RVshare have emergency roadside assistance?
Yes. Every RV rental booked through RVshare receives 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.Does RVshare offer one way RV rentals in Natchitoches?
Yes. Prior to renting any RV, check with the owner since not all will offer this particular option.