Places in Morehouse Parish

Bonita Museum – This was originally the medical office of Dr. M. Owens and was donated to Bonita to keep part of the history of the area alive. The museum is filled with a bit of history from each family in Bonita. It is shown by appointment only by calling 318-823-2811. The museum is located at 15466 Bonita Avenue, which is next door to Bonita Town Hall.

Bussey Brake Reservoir – This is a 2,228 acre reservoir built and owned by International Paper. It was opened to the public in 1960 and is stocked with bass, white perch, brim and catfish. There is a boat launch and docks to fish from.

Chemin-A-Haut State Park – Chemin-A-Haut, French for “high road”, is a 503 acre park and has top notch facilities that can be used year round. Enjoy their camping facilities or rent one of their many cabins that accommodate groups of varying sizes. The cabins overlook the scenic cypress trees and hanging Spanish moss of Bayou Bartholomew. In fact, you will find some of the oldest and largest cypress trees in the United States located here. You can walk along the new walking trails, fish, have a cookout, swim, bike ride, enjoy the horse riding trails or just simply relax and take in the view. There’s something for the whole family. Located at 14656 State Park Road in Bastrop. They may be reached at 318-283-0812.

Chemin-A-Haut Trail Run and Walk – If you enjoy the beauty of nature, then this is for you!  Held on the 3rd Saturday of October, the Chemin-A-Haut Trail Run and Walk is a 4 mile trail run and a 1 mile walk throughout the magnificent state park that is located 10 miles North of Bastrop at 14656 State Park Road.  This is a great race for everyone that enjoys running or walking along natural trails under towering cypress, hickory and oak forests, and along the scenic lake shore and bayou.  As the oldest and most natural state park in Louisiana, you will pass by 1,500 year old cypress trees and run along the “high road”, the same route used by Native Americans centuries ago in their seasonal migration.  For more information about the run and walk or to register, please visit chemin-a-haut trail run and walk on facebook.

Hunting and Fishing – Morehouse Parish is the 5th largest duck hunting location in the United States. We also offer a unique array of other outdoor sports, including fishing, deer, dove, rabbit and squirrel hunting.

Mer Rouge Murals – Stroll down the boulevard in downtown Mer Rouge (just 7 miles north of Bastrop and Hwy. 165N) and view the magnificent large murals painted on the outside walls of the old buildings. Each of the murals depicts the history of Mer Rouge. While in town, be sure to visit the Country Cream and have some of the famous ice-cream and hotdogs.

Morehouse Activity Center – This $4 million facility that opened in 2011 consists of a regulation-size covered arena with an adjoining building for 200 horse stalls and cattle pens. The facility also includes bucking and roping chutes, restrooms, shower facilities, concession stands, seating for 1,500 people and 25 camper/trailer hook-ups. The MAC is ideally suited for events such as rodeos, barrel runs, team roping, horse shows, cattle exhibits, etc. In addition, the facility is used for tractor pulls, circuses, musical productions and arts and crafts shows. For more information on events or booking of the facility, visit or call 318-281-3164.

North Louisiana Cotton Festival and Fair – Morehouse Parish is the proud host of the annual fair that is held in the fall each year. People from within the parish and the surrounding parishes flock here each year for good old family fun. Come enjoy the rides, games, music, exhibits and food! In addition to the yearly fair, this North Louisiana Cotton Festival Association also hosts the Crawfest Festival, which is held in April or May of each year.

Paddling the Scenic Waterways – Morehouse Parish provides some of the most beautiful views as you paddle Chemin-A-Haut Creek and Bayou Bartholomew.  Known among paddlers throughout the country, the waterways throughout the parish provide scenic views of nature, high bluffs and cypress trees that are thousands of years old.

Rose Theatre – The Rose is one of Bastrop’s most intriguing historical landmarks and is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. It was built in 1927 on the Courthouse Square as a venue for traveling vaudeville shows and silent movies. It was later converted to a movie theatre and then closed in the 1970’s. The Rose reopened its doors in 1986 after a massive renovation and is now a stage theatre. The Rose is located at 102 East Jefferson Avenue in Bastrop and may be reached at 318-283-0120.

Simmons Sporting Goods Store – Located at 918 North Washington in Bastrop, Simmons is the south’s largest independently owned sporting goods store. Browse 70,000 square feet of pure shopping bliss of sporting goods.

Snyder Museum – Located on beautiful landscaped grounds, the Snyder was built in 1929 as the home of Charles Snyder, a prominent businessman. Now a museum, it showcases local art, artifacts of the south and Indian artifacts. Special exhibits are held throughout the year. The Snyder Museum is located at 1610 E. Madison in Bastrop and may be reached by calling 318-281-8760.

Starr Homeplace Heritage and Creativity Center Community Days – Starr Homeplace is a museum of numerous buildings and collections and offers something for almost every interest. Not only is this a place of looking, but is also a place for hands-on learning and doing and where creativity, skill and craftsmanship can be discovered and shared. Events are held the 2nd Saturday of each month (April-October) beginning at 8:00 a.m. Call 318-244-5700 for more information and for visiting at other times by appointment. Starr Homeplace is 2 miles north of Oak Ridge on La 133/US425.