The Northup Trail allows visitors to follow the path of Solomon Northup during his 12 years as a slave in Central Louisiana. Solomon arrived in Alexandria on the steamer Rodolf in 1841. From there, he took the train south to Lamourie where he disembarked and walked to William Prince Ford’s plantation by foot. So his journey began in central Louisiana. The trail follows his path through Rapides and Avoyelles Parishes and visits sites such as the Red River landing where Northup disembarked the Rodolf, the Epps House, the Bunkie Depot, and the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse.
For more information including trails & byways, visit our Northup Trail page.
The only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government. Located on Main Street in Pineville, the Museum was once home to all of Pineville's city offices, including the fire station, city court, jail, library, mayor's office, judge's chambers, police department, and utilities office. In addition the court room served as a public library and Driver's License Bureau when court was not in session. Hours: 8 am-12 pm Monday-Friday, and by appoinment Cost: Free Admission
River Oaks Square
This visual arts and crafts center features two facilities: the Bolton House (1899) and the new studio annex building. It is home to more than 30 resident artists with a combination of activities including workshops, lectures, exhibitions, and special events. Visitors also have the opportunity to visit with the artists as they work. River Oaks Square Arts Center Cost: Free Admission
Silver Dollar Pawn & Jewelry, "Cajun Pawn Stars"
Home of the History Channel hit Cajun Pawn Stars. The store includes pieces of history, such as the hearse that carried Martin Luther King Jr., and pieces of cinematic history, such as a prop rope from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean". You will definitely want to make this a stop during your stay in town! Hours: 8:30 AM-5:30 PM Monday-Saturday Cost: Free admission
Slinkee's is a family-owned and operated business that provides a clean, safe, and wholesome environment for kids to come and play. We have numerous inflatable and trampoline activites, a lateral traverse rock wall, arcade, and food court for your family to come and enjoy. Don't forget to ask us about birthday parties or field trips. Socks must be worn at all times and adults must accompany children. Hours: Friday 4:30-7:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM Cost: $6 for children ages 2 and up
Southern Forest Heritage Museum
Tour this historic 57-acre sawmill and company town, complete with picnic areas and a nature trail. Railroad motorcar rides are available. The Museum offers audiovisual presentations, exhibits, souvenirs, and snacks in the commissary. Hours: 9 am-4 pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 pm-4 pm Sunday Cost: $8.00 Adults, $7.00 Seniors, $5.00 Children 6-12, Ages 5 and under free
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Built in 1898 on plantation land, this building was once home to General and Mrs. George C. Armstrong Custer during the Civil War Reconstruction. The building contains 53 priceless windows that rival those of the cathedrals in Europe. St. Francis Xavier Cathedral Hours: Tours by appointment Cost: Free Admission
T.R.E.E. House Children's Museum
A hands-on educational children's museum with activities and play areas dedicated to fostering inquiry, imagination, and learning!