Places to Paint
The Southern Forest Heritage Museum is a complex of historic buildings, all on the National Register of Historic Places, preserved from an old sawmill in the beautiful piney woods of Long Leaf, Louisiana, 3 miles south of Forest Hill, south of the city of Alexandria on the edge of the Alexander Forest Wildlife Management Area.
In addition to being one of the nation’s most complete historic sawmill complexes with an extensive collection of steam-powered logging and milling equipment, the area is known for its significant contributions to World War II, in training, transportation, and manufacturing, and now houses an extensive collection of memorabilia from the timeframe. The Red River and Gulf Railroad line, born from a lumber tramway is also featured prominently, with rides available for visitors.
The LSUA campus is located on the site of Oakland Plantation and maintains some structures associated with its history, including Epps House - an 18th Century home that was partially built by Solomon Northup, author of the book "Twelve Years a Slave." LSUA has been designated a Tree Campus, as evidenced by the impressive live oaks and vegetation found throughout. It's also home to a golf course and Acorn Lake.
In the forested piney hills and hardwood bottoms of Central Louisiana lies Kisatchie National Forest. It is one of the largest pieces of natural landscape in Louisiana and the only national forest in the state, with some 604,000 acres of public land, more than half of which is vital longleaf pine and flatwoods vegetation supporting rare plant and animal species. Located within Kisatchie National Forest are many scenic areas ideal for bird watching, photography, backpacking, canoeing, all-terrain vehicle trails, boating, camping, cycling, fishing, picnicking and swimming. The forest has more than 40 developed recreation sites such as Kincaid Lake Campground- a modern, forested paradise, complete with a fishing pier, swimming, area, and boat launch. With over 100 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding, Kisatchie National Forest is also home to The Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail, which carries the honor of being the longest hiking trail in the state. The Wild Azalea Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail because of the outstanding scenic values gracing the path including lazy creeks, longleaf pines and the trail’s breathtaking namesake azalea blooms
Bayou Petals is a husband and wife team who grow flowers in Central Louisiana. Their property is right on the bayou and has several scenic features including their iconic vintage green flower truck. Please contact Rachel Duncan at 318-201-1763 if you're planning on stopping by during the festival!