The Kisatchie National Forest offers several opportunities for visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Central Louisiana. Groups can view or stop at recreation areas, view endangered species or geologic sites, or participate in tree identification. The national forest includes Kincaid Recreation Area, Valentine Lake Recreation Area, and the Wild Azalea Trail. Hours: Recreation Areas Open Daily Cost: Fees vary depending on location
Built in 1924, this high school has been completely restored and is on the National Historic Register. It includes a farm museum, war memorial, library, a veteran's memorial room, more than 2,000 historic photographs, and Louisiana History Museum. Lecompte High School Hours: Open by appointment only Cost: Free Admission
Find out why Louisiana did not have dinosaurs. Learn about Jim Bowie and the Frontier, area men and the Civil War, the construction of Bailey's Dam, and more! Housed in a National Historic Register Building, this extensive genealogical resource includes colonial archives and French and Spanish records for the Louisiana territory. Forty large exhibits focusing on Central Louisiana can be seen in the Musum. Louisiana History Museum Hours: Closed Sunday and Monday; Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm. Cost: Free Admission
Built as a replica WWII barracks, this museum houses memorabilia and artifacts from the WWII era, as well as WWI and earlier time periods. View life size military vehicles, authentic military uniforms, and historic pieces from the home front. The Museum is located on Camp Beauregard, an active military base. Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum Hours: Closed Saturday-Monday; Tuesday-Friday 9am-5pm Cost: Free Admission
Mt. Olivet Chapel is the oldest standing structure in Pineville. During the Civil War, the chapel was used as headquarters for the Union Army, and was therefore spared from the burning of Alexandria. The Cemetery is the second oldest in the area. The names of early pioneers and prominent citizens of hte area cna be found on the tombstones. Mt. Olivet Chapel & Cemetery Hours: Tours by appointment Cost: Free Admission
The Northup Trail allows visitors to follow the path of Solomon Northup during his 12 years as a slave in Central Louisiana. Solomon arrived in Alexandria on the steamer Rodolf in 1841. From there, he took the train south to Lamourie where he disembarked and walked to William Prince Ford’s plantation by foot. So his journey began in central Louisiana. The trail follows his path through Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes and visits sites such as the Red River landing where Northup disembarked the Rodolf, the Epps House, the Bunkie Depot, and the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.
For more information including trails & byways, visit our Northup Trail page.
The only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government. Located on Main Street in Pineville, the Museum was once home to all of Pineville's city offices, including the fire station, city court, jail, library, mayor's office, judge's chambers, police department, and utilities office. In addition the court room served as a public library and Driver's License Bureau when court was not in session. Hours: Closed Saturday and Sunday; Monday-Friday 8am-Noon, and by appoinment Cost: Free Admission
This visual arts and crafts center features two facilities: the Bolton House (1899) and the new studio annex building. It is home to more than 30 resident artists with a combination of activities including workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit with the artists as they work. River Oaks Square Arts Center Cost: Free Admission
Home of the History Channel hit Cajun Pawn Stars. The store includes pieces of history, such as the hearse that carried Martin Luther King Jr., and pieces of cinematic history, such as a prop rope from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". You will definitely want to make this a stop during your stay in town! Hours: Closed Sunday; Monday-Saturday 8:30am-5:30pm Cost: Free admission
Tour this historic 57-acre sawmill and company town, complete with picnic areas and a nature trail. Railroad motorcar rides are available. The Museum offers audiovisual presentations, exhibits, souvenirs, and snacks in the commissary. Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm; Sunday 1pm-4pm Cost: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, $5.00 Children 6-12, Ages 5 and under free