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Discover the Peaceful Beauty of DeSoto Parish.

by JonPharr

Nestled on the northwest border of Louisiana, DeSoto Parish beckons travelers with its rural landscapes and rich history. From the charming villages to the flowing waters of the Sabine River. This hidden gem offers a diverse range of experiences that will captivate any visitor. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, a history buff, a food lover, or simply seeking a peaceful escape, DeSoto Parish has an adventure for everyone.

Begin your journey in Logansport, a quaint town that embodies the essence of Southern charm, sitting on the banks of the Sabine River that separates Louisiana from Texas. Stroll through the downtown area with historic buildings, where time seems to stand still. As the sun sets over the Sabine River, indulge in the flavors of the South at one of Logansport’s dining establishments, Big Zachs with fresh seafood and steaks served with your favorite beverage. Innovative menus will surely tantalize your buds with the rich and spicy flavors. Rosemary’s and Crawfish Shack are also within the area, along with plenty of fresh catfish and crawfish in-season to downhome Southern cooking, amazing BBQ, and sweet desserts. Traveling through the parish to visit other communities is a foodie adventure with small, family-owned restaurants and gas station delis each serving grandma’s recipes. Sunrise Cookies in the northern part of the parish bakes fresh bread daily with jalapeno and cheese, one of the local favorites served with homemade chicken salad. Dine in or take out with a dozen homemade cookies. They specialize in the Mardi Gras King Cakes that are sold or shipped during the holiday or the mini-Mardi Gras cakes available year around. Do not miss the local winery, Kickapoo Twist Vineyard & Winery, featuring tastings of their local selections, jellies, and jams. Call ahead for tours & charcuterie boards.


Mansfield State Historic Site

For nature enthusiasts, the Sabine River is a quiet paradise except during the Sand Bass spawning season, usually in the early spring. You’ll find generations of families lined up on the banks or in boats to experience the excitement of catching this classic as fast as you can throw your line in the water. The riverbank offers the perfect setting for a picnic or relaxing hike, allowing you to reconnect with nature and soak in the serenity that surrounds you. If you’re a seasoned angler or a casual observer, the Sabine River and Toledo Bend Lake promise an unforgettable experience.

DeSoto Parish is also host to various vibrant festivals that celebrate the region’s unique heritage. Join the locals in lively festivities filled with music, dance, mouthwatering foods, and most likely fireworks. Scattered throughout the year with festivals that honor Louisiana and local history like Mardi Gras, the civil war Battle of Pleasant Hill Reenactment and Festival, River City Fest, Juneteenth, Balloons Over DeSoto, and Logansport’s Festival of Lights along with hometown holiday parades in each community.

To truly appreciate the rich history of DeSoto Parish, embark on a journey through the scenic back roads and highways, including the Louisiana Toledo Bend Scenic Byway. This historic route meanders along the beauty of the Toledo Bend Scenic Byway. You’ll find glimpses of the past at every bend in the byway and every community with civil war cemeteries, beautiful historic churches, and a rich tapestry of DeSoto Parish’s past.

As you plan your next adventure or getaway remember the people in each community will add to your adventure. Consider DeSoto Parish and discover this hidden gem that offers a unique experience for every traveler. Come and discover the forgotten charms of DeSoto Parish.

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