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Cane River National Heritage Area

Natchitoches, LA 71458
318-356-5555
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Ranked #2 of 13 attractions in Natchitoches
Type: National Parks, Historic Sites
Description: This area of Northwestern Louisiana blends a variety of cultures and maintains numerous historical parks, landmarks and plantations.
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Dallas, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Be careful as your GPS or OnStar will send you to a closed building. It did however have area NPS park brochures out front that I found helpful. Follow the highway and make sure and see the plantations. It will give you a feel for what the area was really like.

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Dallas, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Cane River National Heritage Area has three main plantation sites to visit. Two have guided tours. One is unguided. The Visitor's Center has information about these plantations and a good map on how to get to them(no easy matter). Melrose Plantation is sponsored by a local preservation society and an entrance fee is required and well worth the tour.... More

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Huntsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Visited Oakland Plantation and the Caroline Dorman Preserve. Both areas interesting and beautiful. Guides were excellent and informative.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

It was a great history lesson... We learned a lot about that time period .... Things I bet a lot of us did not know!

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Lewsiville, TX
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We spent a day visiting most of the shops on Front Street and the park. Many must visit restaurants are located downtown. We also visited three plantations, Magnola, Oakland and Melrose. Magnola was a self guided tour. Pick up a map at the general store (not open when we were there). Several buildings have a telephone number you can call... More

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Dallas
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

After walking around the historic area of Natchitoches and along the park by the river we arrived too late to go on an organized tour of Oakland plantation. We thoroughly enjoyed walking the grounds of a real working plantation and best of all it was free. We drove along the picturesque Cane river going by the Melrose plantation and St.... More

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Fort Polk, Louisiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We took our children to Oakland plantation this past weekend and were very impressed by it. The kids loved to walk around outside to see the old outside buildings. It is very informative and the outside buildings have been moved from its original place to be closer to the main house, you can't get lost. My son used a map... More

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oklahoma city
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

So much to see, it is difficult to review the whole area. Grand Ecore offers a great view. Enjoyed seeing some of the plantations, although Oakland, which is heavily promoted, is not even visible from road.

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Burleson, Tx
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115 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

There are several nice old plantation homes open for viewing. The large spanish moss trees are amazing. Each plantation has well knowledgable park rangers to provide information. Hours very for each plant ion so make sure you check.

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Senior Contributor
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

If you want to understand the South and its agrarian roots, you need to travel the Cane River Heritage Trail. The Heritage Trail is a system of plantations, buildings, historical sites etc that represent a microcosm of Southern life before the Civil War. If you only visit the large, opulent plantations, you will get a narrow perspective of life in... More

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