With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why Louisiana's nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise.” Sure, that’s a lot to live up to. But with thousands of hiking and biking trails, beautiful State Parks, and one of the largest game preserves in the United States, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all outdoorsmen. Our vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails make our state a habitat for many rare and endangered species and a natural paradise for bird watchers as well. Come step into the wild outdoors of Louisiana.
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.