Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Driskill Mountain: Louisiana's Highpoint and Cane River Creole NHP

Driskill Mountain Trail

Woke up to a chilly morning and drove out of the Parish Park and down to the Driskill Mountain trailhead. It was a pleasant, easy walk to the highpoint of Louisiana, Eric's 36th state highpoint.

Eric with flag at LA HP

Noelle Driskell summit

From the highpoint we drove around, getting a little bit lost as we tried to make our way to Natchitoches and the two units of Cane River Creole National Historical Park.

Eventually we made it to the beautiful Oakland Plantation. The grounds were very interesting, and we explored the caretakers house

Oakland Caretakers House

and slave quarters

Oakland Slave Quarters

before going on a guided tour of the main house.

Oakland Plantation

From Oakland Plantation we headed south to Magnolia Plantation. While the main house at Magnolia is not part of the park, we were still able to explore the other buildings associated with the plantation including the slave hospital

Magnolia Slave hospital

and the very spartan slave quarters.

Magnolia Slave Quarters

The slave quarters were so small it was difficult to imagine what life must have been like for the enslaved and their families living in such tight, cramped quarters.

After touring the Magnolia grounds it was a long drive southeast to the outskirts of New Orleans and Bayou Segnette State Park where we are camped for the night.

1 comment:

TiredMamaRunning said...

What a cool high point hike/history lesson! Great photos.