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Cane River National Heritage Trail
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Owner description: Cane River National Heritage Area in northwestern Louisiana is a largely rural, agricultural landscape known for its historic plantations, its distinctive Creole architecture, and its multi-cultural legacy. Historically this region lay at the intersection of French and Spanish realms in the New World. Today it is home to a unique blend of cultures, including American Indian, French, Spanish, African, and Creole. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase, and extends along both sides of Cane River Lake for approximately 35 miles. The heritage area includes Cane River Creole National Historical Park, seven National Historic Landmarks, three State Historic Sites, and many other historic plantations, homes, and churches. What is a National Heritage Area? A National Heritage Area is a place recognized by the United States Congress for its unique contribution to the American experience. In a national heritage area, natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources combine to form a cohesive, nationally distinctive landscape arising from patterns of human activity shaped by geography. These patterns make national heritage areas representative of the national experience through the physical features that remain and the traditions that have evolved in the areas. Continued use of the national heritage areas by people whose traditions helped to shape the landscapes enhances their significance. The Cane River National Heritage Area is one of forty-nine National Heritage Areas recognized by Congress for their significant contributions to the American experience. In partnership with the National Park Service, CRNHA, Inc. celebrates the nationally significant history of the Cane River region, preserving it for the benefit of current and future generations.
Houston, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“nice gardens”
Reviewed 9 August 2013

beautiful landscaping. A great photo opportunity. Not too much to walk around and plenty of places to sit and take i nthe view.

Visited July 2013
Thank Les S
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English first
Texarkana, Arkansas
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Cane River Drive”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

We enjoyed our drive along the river viewing the homes and camps. The plantations are very interesting and a part of our history. One of the plantations has been neglected and we were saddened to see the disrepair and overgrowth.

Visited July 2013
Thank Kathy M
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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303 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Great Heritage Park”
Reviewed 10 June 2013

Spent the day going through the different old plantations and especially enjoyed the Oakland Plantation south of Natchitoches LA. The duty Ranger was totally immersed in presenting the outbuildings and their uses "back in the day. It was a hot and humid day and one couldn't help wonder how the inhabitants made it thru the day, each day, without a/c.

Visited June 2013
Thank Stew S
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69 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lovely and Peaceful”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

Well laid out. I got beautiful photos of the gardens and buildings along the river front. Just loved it! A trolly was available, as well as a horse-drawn carriage for sight-seeing. Walk up some steps to the main level and see restaurants and quaint stores. So peaceful. Next year is Natchitoches' 300th year. Ought to be a great celebration.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank musicmuse2
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Leeds, England
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158 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2013

Very interesting, sobering to think that the way of life was fairly recent. Visit more than one site for a more rounded view.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Corky100
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