Monday, June 9, 2014

Natchitoches: Vacation Itinerary Day 2

Our Frugal Family Travelers are taking our readers on a vacation adventure to the Natchitoches, LA area.  Day 1 of our itinerary featured the adventures to be had with your family at Hodges Gardens State Park.  If you missed "Day 1" of our itinerary and want to catch up, "click here".

Day 2:
Kisatchie National Forest is a vast area for exploration and features over 600,000 acres of land spanning across seven parishes in Louisiana.   Our favorite area of this expansive forest is the the Kisatchie Bayou District, particularly due to the beautiful white water adjacent to the Kisatchie Bayou Campground.   Not only does this area have beautiful white water, which is quite uncommon in the Louisiana area, but features a sandy beach on which to lounge and enjoy the amazing sound as the water cascades down the rocks.   Our Frugal Family Travelers enjoyed splashing in the water, climbing the embankment, hiking trails by the campground and riding bikes down the blacktopped hill in the parking lot.  Primitive "walk-in" campsites are available which feature tent pads, barbecue pits and lantern polls.   A building with a vaulted toilet is on site but no running water is available.  This area requires a small fee collected in an honor box, available on site.

*Pack water, as none is available on site. 
*Bring sunscreen and bug spray!!
*Water shoes are definitely recommended because the rocks in the water can be sharp.
*Rocks in the water can also be slippery and rapids quite swift!  Parents should supervise younger children.
*No lifeguard is on duty!
*Tubes are recommended but not available at the site.    
*Lifeguard certified vests/jackets are highly recommended! 

Continue to read our post over the next few days to discover the full Natchitoches, LA itinerary!
Be sure and check out the letterboxes in this area! To learn more about letterboxing, click here to read our blog about it! 

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Directions directly from National Forest Website (Be aware that you will drive on primitive, gravel roads for some of the journey until you arrive at the campground!):  
From the intersection of I-49 and Highway 6 (Natchitoches) drive west on Hwy 6 for 4 miles. Turn left (south) on Louisiana Hwy 117 and proceed 16 miles to Forest Highway 59, Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway. Turn left (east) on FH 59 and go 7 miles to FR 321. Turn right (south) on FR 321 and go 4 miles to Forest Road 366. Turn right (west) on FR 366 and proceed to the end of the road.

A short video of our adventure!

Enjoying the cool white water!

Zooming down the hill!!


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