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Places to go and things to do in the Natchitoches area

Midway RV Park & Marina

Many pages on this website shows why our facility a local attraction for visitors but it is also a popular place for locals. We have several RV sites rented by area citizens who use it as a relaxing weekend getaway or favorite fishing spot. They know that they can count on good fishing, nice people, and a great sunset.

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Downtown Natchitoches, Louisiana

     The original settlement of Natchitoches was made in 1691, by Canary Islanders, who came by way of Mexico. Consequently it is the oldest permanent settlement within the present State of Louisiana. It was established as a French outpost in 1714. The small city is rich in history and the citizens embrace their heritage by keeping Natchitoches preserved and beautiful.

One of the first things you’ll notice when arriving in downtown Natchitoches is the historical architecture. There’s a lot of it, too—the Natchitoches National Histori​c Landmark District is comprised of 33 blocks of historical buildings dating back to the late 1700s. When walking the streets of the district, you’ll see a wide range of architectural styles that tell a little about the city’s culture. Classic Queen Anne-style mansions, Art Deco commercial buildings and French Creole homes make up this fascinating collection of buildings that help give Natchitoches its undeniable charm.

     Natchitoches' world-famous Christmas festival lights up the town with more than 300,000 lights throughout the downtown district. Natchitoches' 90-plus year old holiday festival is celebrated over six weeks and include everything from visits with Santa, historic home tours, carriage rides, parades, fireworks displays and more. Go shopping downtown, eat delicious food like the signature meat pies and enjoy live entertainment. 

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Only 15 minutes from Midway RV Park & Marina

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Paddle Saline Bayou

     Saline Bayou offers awe-inspiring views and a huge array of plant and animal life. Approximately 15 miles of the lower Saline Bayou runs from Black Lake to the Red River, with cypress-hardwood trees along with pileated woodpeckers, otters and many other little-seen creatures. There is usually little or no current on the bayou so paddling is easy in either direction. 

$5.00 put-in/take-out for Saline Bayou is available at Midway RV Park & Marina

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Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site

     This replica fort, built a few hundred yards from the original fort site, is based upon original blueprints and extensive archival research. Building materials were obtained locally, and many 18th-century building techniques were used in the replication. The original fort was established around 1716, when Sieur Charles Claude Dutisné was sent to Natchitoches with a small company of colonial troops to build and garrison an outpost that would prevent the Spanish forces in the province of Texas from advancing across the border of French Louisiane.

Only 17  minutes from Midway RV Park & Marina

Louisiana State Museum

     This facility combines two previous Natchitoches museums, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and the Old Courthouse Museum. The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame celebrates accomplishments by Louisiana athletes, coaches and sports stars. 

     The Northwest Louisiana History Museum celebrates the region's culture and history, all in a dazzling museum complex in historic downtown Natchitoches.

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Only 15 minutes from Midway RV Park & Marina

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Oakland Plantation

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Magnolia Plantation

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Melrose Plantation


     Oakland and Magnolia plantations are part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, a 63-acre preservation area that showcases the lives of Creole people from over 150 years ago. Oakland Plantation is a time capsule containing fragments of country life from the 18th and 19th centuries. There are 17 outbuildings at Oakland, where everything from food preparation to carpentry was done. Magnolia Plantation tells another side of plantation life, and the heavy toll taken on the area during the Civil War. Then don't miss the 200-plus year old Melrose Plantation, a National Historic Landmark. You will be able to view a collection of work by world-famous African American folk artist Clementine Hunter, including her popular African House Murals.

All plantations are within 30 minutes from downtown Natchitoches

Kisatchie National Forest

     Visitors to the Winn Ranger District can enjoy horseback riding on the Gum Springs Horse Trail, exploring the mysteries of Saline Bayou, hunting in the Catahoula National Wildlife Management Preserve, camping and picnicking at Cloud Crossing, or hiking on the Dogwood Interpretive Trail. Wildlife and botanic enthusiasts have seemingly unlimited areas to explore including a number of native prairies.

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Only 12 minutes from Midway RV Park & Marina

Northwestern State University

Northwestern University

     Northwestern State University was established in 1884 as the Louisiana State Normal School. The location of the school is tied to the roots of the city of Natchitoches and is the oldest continually occupied site for higher education in Louisiana. Since its inception, Northwestern State University has had a tremendous social and economic impact on northwest Louisiana and beyond. NSU has provided and continues to offer educational and cultural opportunities to prepare individuals for success in life, careers and citizenship. The beautiful campus is located a short distance from Midway RV Park & Marina.

Only 20 minutes from Midway RV Park & Marina

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