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Explore Poverty Point World Heritage Site

Discover wonderful recreational options like hiking, fishing and golf when you visit Louisiana’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Poverty Point World Heritage Site
Credit: Louisiana Office of Tourism

Looking to head outdoors to enjoy nature? Looking for breathtaking views and outdoor adventures off the beaten path? Look no further than Poverty Point World Heritage Site in Northeast Louisiana. Perfect for an outdoor weekend escape, we’ve gathered the most picturesque places in Northeast Louisiana for you to pass a good time. 

Poverty Point World Heritage Site

The first stop on your weekend trip is Poverty Point! Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consists of mounds that were built by ancient peoples living in the area before the Egyptian pyramids were built. Tours of the mounds are available by tram, but we recommend hiking the trail! 

Top of the mound 

Once you’ve climbed all the stairs and reached the top of the mound, you’ll have a much different perspective. Snap a pic to commemorate your accomplishment. If you’ve got a drone, an overhead shot of the mounds shows the bird-shaped layout of the area! Archaeologists have different opinions on why the mounds are arranged. For more insight into the lives of these ancient peoples, visit the museum on the grounds.

Golf at Black Bear Golf Course

Another great way to enjoy the day is to tee off at Black Bear Golf Club. As you play your way through the course, be on the lookout for some furry players. That’s right, bears have been known to join in on the golfing fun! Even if you don’t see a bear, you’ve still got a front-row seat to some scenic views. 

Fishing at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park

Spend the day on a boat trying your hand at catching some fish on Poverty Point State Park Reservoir. With catfish, bream, bass, and white perch, you can cast a line for a variety of fish. The finale of your trip will be a magical sunset and some lakefront porch sitting. 

Whether you fish, hike or golf, Northeast Louisiana has the most beautiful backdrop to enjoy the summer fun. Add these activities to your itinerary and share your photogenic adventures using #OnlyLouisiana!