"Even in a state with as many historic sites as Louisiana, Avoyelles Parish stands apart for its role as homeland for Native American peoples dating back as far as 300 B.C. That deep heritage is showcased near the parish's largest city at the Marksville State Historic Site, which includes traditional burial mounds and a museum on early civilization here. The legacy of Civil War military action draws history buffs to Yellow Bayou Park in Simmesport and Fort DeRussy in Marksville where there is also different type of action—the allure of the Paragon Casino & Resort operated by the Native American Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. The state's natural splendor is writ large in Avoyelles, with the Grand Cote and Lake Ophelia national wildlife refuges comprising thousands of acres of migratory bird habitat. The Spring Bayou and Pomme de Terre wildlife management areas open forests and waterways beckon camping and other outdoor pursuits."

- From www.louisianatravel.com


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