Basic Information

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc
1115 Washington Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457

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. The central corridor of the heritage area begins just south of Natchitoches, 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 other places.

Various Visitor Centers

There are various visitor centers throughout the corridor. Please check directly with each site for specific hours of operation.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Monday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Tuesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Wednesday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Thursday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Friday: Sunrise - Sunset
  • Saturday: Sunrise - Sunset

Weather in central Louisiana can be unpredictable. Summers are typically hot and humid, and winters are relatively mild. The area is also subject to severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. Visitors should be prepared for changing weather conditions.

Entrance Fees:

Cane River NHA - $0.00

Cane River NHA does not charge a federal entrance fee, however, partners may charge entrance fees, and may have separate operating hours. See, for more information

Grand Ecore Visitor Center

The US Army Corps of Engineers Visitor Center is located at Grand Ecore, a small community about four miles north of Natchitoches, Louisiana, and commands a panoramic view from a bluff 80 feet above the Red River.

Last updated: July 28, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc
1115 Washington Street

Natchitoches, LA 71457



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