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Legendary Louisiana Road Trip

By: Hannah Lee Leidy

Create a legendary Louisiana road trip with the help of Louisiana’s Legend Country in Vernon Parish.

Louisiana’s Legend Country boasts of outlaws and bandits during its No Man’s Land days of old. More recently, they are the training grounds for the brave men and women who serve in our United States Armed Forces. Tour Fort Polk, first established as Camp Polk in 1941 during the Great Louisiana Maneuvers.

You will find the real Louisiana in Vernon Parish. Its small-town museums, fabulous festivals, centuries of history, culture, stories and legends, and the people make it all come alive.

Enjoy outdoor recreation throughout the area that is as legendary as the stories. See the Wolf Rock Cave in Kisatchie National Forest, the only known cave in Louisiana used by early people as a rock shelter.

Geocaching, hiking, horseback riding, ATV riding, and biking along beautiful wilderness trails are adventures worth taking. Waterways are plentiful for boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. Local outfitters can provide your needs for equipment and guides if needed.

Louisiana’s food is legendary around the world, and Vernon Parish is no exception!

From charming spots like Hazel’s Tea Parlor to Brenda’s Kitchen Puerto Rican Cousine bringing new takes to the historic café and actual convenience store dining, people go out of their way to stop in for lunch, plan for a leisurely dinner at a local hotspot or grab a snack at one of several Gas Station Eats locations.

Legendary festivals are held throughout the year with food, music, artistry, and charm of Louisiana encapsulated in a few days of celebration. Plan to visit during the festivals and check out the online calendar of events for complete listings.

You’ll want to stay to explore, so enjoy lodging options ranging from historic bed and breakfasts to name-brand hotels and gorgeous campgrounds on the water. There’s something for everyone. Your drive to the destination can be just as beautiful as your time exploring by taking one of many scenic routes.

Louisiana’s Legend Country is located on the Myths & Legends Scenic Byway, the Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway, the Colonial Trails Scenic Byway, and on the multi-parish routes of Where Cultures Connect and the Visit No Man’s Land western corridor.

Take a drive, then spend some time exploring the legends of Louisiana’s Legend Country, Vernon Parish.

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