Louisiana September 27, 2017
7 Hidden Places In Louisiana Only Locals Know About
Sometimes, it’s a great idea to step off the beaten path so you can find those hidden spots that are the highlights of the town. From adventure parks to lake view restaurants, there are tons of local hidden gems that only the locals know about, and here are some of our favorites.
We’ve included links to our previous articles so you can learn more about these awesome locations.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Formerly world renowned botanist Caroline Dormon’s home, the property is open to the public in March, April, May, October, and November and it’s certainly worth your while to pay them a visit. Take a stroll through the grounds to view several different species of wildflowers, do a little bird watching, and enjoy the views of the reflective pool.
Briarwood is located at 216 Caroline Dorman Rd, Saline, Louisiana 71070 and you can learn more about it
2. Fairview Riverside State Park
This lesser known state park in Madisonville is perfect for a quick outdoors fix. Enjoy a lunch beneath a canopy of oak trees, spend some time on the Tchefuncte River, or take a walk down the nature trail. The trail is only a quarter of a mile, so it won’t take up too much of your time. The Otis House is also located in the park, and you’ll see it when you arrive. Built in the 1880s, the museum offers tours so you can walk through and see this well preserved home.
The Park is located at 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville, LA 70447, and check out our previous article about the park
3. Holly Beach
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a beach trip. Holly beach is located in Cameron and it’s a perfect spot to spend the day. The beach is pretty secluded, so you won’t have to worry about the crowds like you would in Florida, and the beach is perfect for seashelling! You can also drive right on the beach, and camping on the beach is allowed so if you want to make a weekend out of it, don’t forget your tent!
Holly Beach has cabins you can rent and you can learn all about it
4. Landry Vineyards
Wine lovers, this one’s for you. This West Monroe hidden gem is an absolute delightful way to spend your afternoon. Take a tour of their winery, see the grape fields, and of course, enjoy a tasting of some of their specialties. You’ll want to buy a few bottles to enjoy at home too, so be sure to visit the gift shop.
Landry Vineyards is located at 5699 New Natchitoches Road West Monroe, LA 71292 . Learn more about this vineyard by checking out our previous article
5. Rock Chapel
Tucked away in the woods of DeSoto Parish, this unique little chapel is a site to see. Built in 1891 by Carmelite monks, the chapel is all that remains from a fire that took the monastery in 1904. You can visit the chapel today if you’re up for a little adventure. Pro tip: call the Desoto tourist bureau to obtain a key to the locked gate. Rumor has it you can also get a key from a nearby gas station.
The address is 1746 Smithport Road in Mansfield, LA.
to learn more about this fascinating chapel.
6. Tunk’s Cypress Inn
This secluded waterfront restaurant is the perfect spot to dine on a lovely fall day. The views of Lake Kincaid are almost as good as the food. Enjoy authentic Louisiana cuisine in this rustic atmosphere "where the food speaks for itself".
Tunk’s Cypress Inn is located at 9507 Highway 28, Boyce, Louisiana 71409 and you can learn more about Tunk’s
7. Chauvin Sculpture Gardens
Kenny Hill spent more than ten years building these amazing sculptures, and it’s truly something you have to see to believe. The sculptures are a mixture of biblical reference and personal struggles, a main theme you’ll note as you walk through is good vs evil.
The gardens are located at 5337 Bayouside Dr, Chauvin, Louisiana 70344 and you can read more about this incredible place