Louisiana is not known for its mountain summits but in Bienville Parish adventurers will find the highest point in Louisiana—Driskill Mountain. You won’t need your climbing gear though as Driskill Mountain is only 535 feet tall. The hill is named after James Christopher Driskill who settled in the area in 1859. Today Driskill Mountain is privately owned but open to the public.
The 1.8-mile hike is light and offers two paths to the top of the hill. The trail is also dog friendly, but because the trail is privately owned, visitors are asked to respect the land and take out any trash or items they carry in. A marker notes the summit and visitors are encouraged to sign a logbook. Driskill Mountain is located on La. Hwy. 507, about 15 miles south of Arcadia. The trailhead is adjacent to the Mt. Zion Church. Visitors can park in the church parking lot and follow trail markers and signs.
As an interesting side note, the Highpointers Club founder Jack Longacre had a portion of his ashes spread atop Driskill Mounain. The Highpointers Club is a nationwide organization that promotes hiking or climbing the highest point in all fifty states. For more information visit www.highpointers.org.
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum
Few people have ever captured the collective imagination of the world like the famous outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. Simultaneously revered and feared, the violent duo went on a Great Depression crime spree that catapulted them to notoriety. They became the target of a multi-state manhunt that ended in an ambush on a rural North Louisiana highway less than an hour from Shreveport. That ambush—and the colorful exploits of Bonnie and Clyde—are immortalized in the Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum in Gibsland, Louisiana. The museum contains various Bonnie and Clyde artifacts, including a shotgun that belonged to Clyde Barrow, a replica of the car in the ambush and pieces of the actual car.
The museum itself also holds historical significance. It resides in what was once the Ma Canfield’s Café, the last stop Bonnie and Clyde made before heading out of town on Highway 154 and into immortality. (A roadside marker eight miles from Gibsland notes the ambush site.)
The Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum is easy to find on Main Street in downtown Gibsland. Their hours are 9-5pm, seven days a week.
Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum, 2419 Main Street, Gibsland, LA 71028
Captain Ron’s Swamp Tours
To many, Caddo Lake has always seemed magical. From bald cypress trees draped in Spanish moss to wildlife galore, the lake teems with a mystical essence that has brought people to its banks for thousands of years. Today, visitors can still step back in time on Caddo Lake with Captain Ron’s Swamp Tours.
Located in Karnack, Texas, Captain Ron’s pontoon boat tours last about an hour and takes adventurers through one of the oldest bald cypress groves in North America. Captain Ron, a retired sea captain, entertains visitors with Caddo Lake history and trivia as well as tales of his adventures on the high seas. The tours are also flush with wildlife and fauna, all pointed out by the intrepid Captain Ron.
Captain Ron’s swamp tours begin at the dock adjacent to the Big Pines Lodge Restaurant located at 756 Pine Island Road, Karnack, Texas. For more information visit www.captronswamptours.com