Throughout Louisiana, water is abundant. Rent a boat or kayak for a great way to explore the depths of a cajun swamp, charter a boat to go deep sea fishing or climb aboard for a guided tour up the river. The majority of the state parks offer bodies of water like lakes with easily accessible boat ramps, canoe and kayak rentals and dedicated swimming areas, while others offer wooded bayous and reservoirs that are perfect for fishing and enjoying a day out on the water.
The small town of Franklinton is set amid the rolling hills and pine forests of Washington Parish. This is rural, peaceful Louisiana living at its finest, with a handful of shops and restaurants, and its main attraction — the Bogue Chitto River — running through the western edge of town.
Most visitors to Franklinton come for the watersports outfitters in town, which can set you up with a tube, kayak or canoe to float down the slow-moving waterway. Franklinton, the seat of Washington Parish, is also home to the Washington Parish Free Fair, a traditional family-friendly event that takes place every October. It features a midway, with rides, demonstrations, kid-centric activities and festival food galore.
Festivals happen in the area all year-round with Pioneer Christmas, Mardi Gras and more. The gorgeous rolling hills and huge waterways of the area are also a main attraction. Visit Bogue Chitto State Park for hiking, fishing, camping, boating, tubing and more. The area’s farms offer pick-your-own blueberries and the area is known for its thriving watermelon patches, dairy farms and locally grown produce.