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Abundant natural beauty and a plethora of activities are the ingredients for an outdoor paradise. Louisiana's many state parks and recreational sites offer campers the perfect way to interact with Louisiana's natural beauty. Whether you are looking for the ideal spot along that lovely stream to set up camp, or you prefer the comfort of a cozy cabin with all the amenities, you'll find plenty of options. You'll find many excellent RV parks as well. For daytime activities, take your pick of hiking, biking, boating, fishing, canoeing, birding, swimming or many other choices. Louisiana campgrounds offer fun for the whole family.
Architecture and the outdoors are the big draws to the small town of Bastrop. City founder Felipe Enrique Neri, Baron de Bastrop, was one of Louisiana's most colorful characters, who populated the town with 99 immigrants from northern states to run grain mills. Since then, Bastrop has become a hideout for Civil War soldiers, a refuge for refugees of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, and, more recently, the home to some of northern Louisiana's more interesting architecture. While cruising past the town's Craftsman and plantation-style homes, be sure to check out the Snyder Museum and Creative Arts Center -- ask about the historical tours of the region at the Bastrop Visitor Center. Outdoor adventure seekers will find plenty of paddling opportunitites in the area. Check out paddle trails in the area.