DeSoto Parish is located on the northwest border of Louisiana beside the trophy fishing water of Toledo Bend Lake. Leave the big city stress behind and find relaxation in the historic villages and small rural communities. One thing you will absolutely enjoy is a selection of locally owned places to shop and dine.
Stroll through the historic village of Grand Cane and experience a delightful meal at the Village Cuisine. Grab a cup of coffee or tea at the new 4C Coffee House and feel refreshed with a drink from the new nutritional juice bar Double B as you explore local retail shops. Invite your friends or family to get away with you and stay in the historic Cook-Hill Bed & Breakfast.
Stop and taste the jalapeño bread, fresh from the oven at Sunrise Cookies. Just around the corner is Kickapoo Twist Winery and Vineyard where you can stop by for a wine tasting. Venture into the village of Keachi. See all of the locations and structures on the National Register of Historic Places. Take a break and stay at one of the several bed and breakfasts located in the community.
Make a beeline to Logansport and bring your fishing pole. Located along the Sabine River with a community park and walking path. The town was an important river port before the railroad and is well known for their annual Christmas lighting and festivities. For a small community, you will be delighted with the dining options. One of the more popular is Big Zach’s Place who “offers a taste of the south in your mouth.”
Mansfield is the Parish seat and commercial center of DeSoto, site of the Battle of Mansfield–the last major victory of the Confederacy. Visit the Mansfield State Historic Site offering a museum and battlefield to tour. Mansfield Female College Museum, the first women’s institute of higher learning west of the Mississippi River, has guided tours and Rock Chapel in nearby Carmel was a retreat with vivid frescoes and murals done by French monks in 1892. It’s open for self-guided tours.
DeSoto Parish Tourism Commission
- by Julia Miller
- by Robin Roenker
- by Maggie Ward