• Off The Beaten Path Index • Shreveport-Bossier

The world’s largest heliport is located in Morgan City.

Bonnie and Clyde Trade Days
This monthly event takes place the weekend prior to the third Monday. Take I-20 towards Arcadia then take Route 9 for about 2.5 miles south of town.

Claiborne Parish

Claiborne Parish is home to 10 buildings listed on the National Historic Registry. The Herbert S. Ford Museum and Hotel Claiborne both house a vast collection. Claiborne Chamber of Commerce, 318-927-3271

Caddo Lake

According to the Caddo Indians, Caddo Lake was formed by an earthquake. This is the largest natural freshwater lake in the south, covering about 26,800 acres at 168 feet above sea level. Half the lake is in Texas and the other half is in Louisiana, which is a maze of sloughs and bayous. A trip to Caddo Lake includes the grave of Huddie Ledbetter, the Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge and Shiloh Baptist Church. 318-929-7334

Kiroli Park

Located at 820 Kiroli Road off I-20 east heading towards Monroe. Nature trails for hiking and paved paths for jogging, fishing pond, tennis courts, rest rooms, amphitheater, conservatory, picnic area, playgrounds and lodge at the park.

Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway

A 17-mile paved highway offering lovely views of the pine uplands of the Kisatchie Hills. The Longleaf Trail winds along a ridge top through the unique Kisatchie Hills and features outstanding views of rocky outcrops, distant hills and buttes frame Kisatchie Bayou’s sparkling water and white sand beaches. Elevation ranges from 80 feet in the creek bottoms to 400 feet in the hills. From Shreveport, take I-49 south and exit at Natchitoches. Turn right and travel approximately 4.2 miles to Hwy. 117. Turn left and continue approximately 41.3 miles to Kisatchie National Forest on left.

Transylvania is located in East Carroll Parish.

Mitcham’s Farms-Ruston

The largest peach orchard in Louisiana with over 12,000 trees nestled among the rolling hills of Ruston. From I-20, take exit 84 (Cooktown Rd.) and head north. Turn left on Kentucky Ave. Turn right on Mitcham Orchard Rd. The Peach store will be on the left. 318-255-3409

Mt. Lebanon, Louisiana

This area was probably the first permanent settlement in what is now Bienville Parish. Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church was organized in 1837 and is still in use today. Eight houses in town are listed on the National Register of Historic Places including the original stagecoach stop and hotel. From Shreveport, take I-20 east. Take exit 61 for LA-154 toward Athena/Gibsland. Turn right at LA-154 south. Turn left at Par Rd. 250/Stagecoach Trail. Travel time from Downtown approximately 40 minutes.

Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery

Established in 1931, this warm water facility features 16 aquarium tanks filled with native species including catfish, redear sunfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill that are raised for local public waters and farm ponds. A 25-minute video presentation and group tours are available. 615 Highway 1 South • Natchitoches, LA 71457

Republic of Texas Boundary Marker

Set April 23, 1841. In the early 1700’s, both France and Spain claimed the area in what is now Texas. This marker established the boundary between Texas and Louisiana. French explorers claimed all land drained by the Mississippi River and it’s tributaries as Louisiana. Located on the Louisiana/Texas state line on LA Hwy. 765 and Texas FM-31. This is about 6 miles from Logansport, La. 100 yards or so from the marker is a sign that reads “Galloway”. This was the birthplace of country musician Jim Reeves.

The Port of Shreveport-Bossier

Located at the head of navigation for the Red River encompassing more than 2000 acres. Approximately 4 miles south of the Shreveport city limits. 318-524-2272

The Ralph A. Worley Observatory

Free public star parties are held here. The dome contains a 16-inch Newtonian reflector. Located approximately 8 miles south of LSUS. Take Hwy. 1 south and turn onto Hwy. 175. Travel approximately 1.7 miles. Turn onto Astronomical Observatory Rd.

The Three States Marker

Entering Louisiana at it’s northwest corner, a person can stand in three states at the same time. North of Rodessa, the Three States Marker shows where the borders of Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas all converge.

The first bottler of Coca-Cola, Joseph Biedenharn, lived in Monroe.


2 Responses to “• Off The Beaten Path Index • Shreveport-Bossier”

  1. No. The scavenger hunt is not necessarily in the Shreveport area. Keep looking!

  2. it would be nice to have links to a map on the website.

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