Attractions Poverty Point World Heritage Site in northeast Louisiana is one of the most recent U.S. additions to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Other domestic sites include the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon, while international sites include Stonehenge, the Great Pyramids and the Roman Colosseum. Poverty Point, a Louisiana Office of State Parks property named for a plantation that occupied the site in the antebellum period, is an ancient American Indian earthworks site that was created about 3,400 years ago. The network of six mounds, six concentric semielliptical ridges and a central plaza were used for residential and ceremonial purposes, and the landscape was the largest and the most elaborate of its time in North America.
In addition, recovered artifacts displayed at the on-site museum, such as projectile points and other stone tools made from raw materials originating as far east as the Appalachian foothills of what is now Alabama and Georgia and as far north as the Tennessee and Ohio river valleys, indicate Poverty Point’s hunter-gatherer residents were part of an extensive American Indian trading network. Already designated a Smithsonian Affiliate and a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Poverty Point is located near Epps about 50 miles east of Monroe. VisitPovertyPoint.us and LaStateParks.com for more information.
The Louisiana Craft Brewery Trail has grown to 17 breweries statewide. New trail sites are Crescent City Brewhouse and The Courtyard Brewery in New Orleans, Old Rail Brewing Company in Mandeville, Red River Brewing Company in Shreveport, Mudbug Brewery in Thibodaux, Flying Heart Brewing in Bossier City and Broken Wheel Brewery in Marksville. They join Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, 40 Arpent Brewing Company in Arabi, Bayou Teche Brewing in Arnaudville, Chafunkta Brewing Company in Mandeville, Covington Brewhouse in Covington, Gnarly Barley in Hammond, Great Raft Brewing in Shreveport, NOLA Brewing Company in New Orleans, Parish Brewing Company in Broussard and Tin Roof Brewing Company in Baton Rouge. Visit LouisianaBreweryTrail.com for details.
LouisianaTravel.com, the state’s primary consumer tourism website, features a blog offering visitors information on popular travel interests, itinerary suggestions and insider tips. Contributors to the Only in Louisiana blog include staff from the Louisiana Office of Tourism as well as representatives from the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and convention and visitors bureaus statewide. Visit the blog at LouisianaTravel.com/blog.
The Louisiana Office of State Parks continues to see improvements at sites statewide. New and soon-to-open offerings include:
- Sixteen new two-bedroom cabins at Bayou Segnette State Park near New Orleans are set to open before the summer season. The cabins sit on pilings over the bayou and sleep up to eight people each.
- A new 14-guest lodge at Lake Bistineau State Park near Minden opens this spring.
- Black Bear Golf Club renovated three dozen bunkers on its pro-caliber golf course, the first upgrade of its type at the Audubon Golf Trail member course since the course opened in 2002.
- Palmetto Island State Park will soon offer interpretive signage on prothonotary warblers which reside in cypress sloughs on site.
- A disc golf course recently opened at Bogue Chitto State Park in March, making it the fourth park statewide offering the popular amenity.
- South Toledo Bend State Park now has a 12-mile off-highway vehicle trail in a 540-acre wooded area adjacent to the park.
- Fontainebleau State Park’s cabins have reopened after extensive renovations. The 12 lakefront cabins each sleep up to six.
- Lake Fausse Pointe now offers 18 two-bedroom cabins, each sleeping up to eight and offering attached piers for users’ boats.
- The state parks system recently released an updated version of the Pocket Ranger, a mobile app for visitors to state parks and historic sites that is accessible at www.stateparkapps.com on the App Store and Google Play using the keywords “Louisiana State Parks.”
Visit LaStateParks.com for details on all sites and improvements.