Looking for a couple of days of good, wholesome, quality family time? A chance to get away from the tv and computer screens and really interact with each other while doing something fun…and even educational (don’t worry, you don’t have to tell the kids that last part), well the Myths and Legends Byway is the perfect trip for you.

The Myths and Legends Byway is a 181 mile, one to two-day self-guided tour that will have your family visiting pine forests and blackberry farms. You will stand in the same spot as the famous gunslinger Leather Britches Smith, and learn tons of great stories along the way.

You will start off in southwestern Louisiana at the Texas state line. Then you’ll travel through land that was originally settled by the Atakapa and Coushatta Indians. You will find tons of people along the way who will be happy to share the stories of their towns with you and your family.

DeRidder will be one of your first stops, and it offers plenty to do! The Beauregard Parish Museum is filled with local artifacts. The Beauregard Parish Museum is home to a collection of over 3,000 dolls! If you are looking for something a little different, make sure to check out the Beauregard Parish Civic Center-Covered Arena, which has rodeo shows all year long.

From there you will find yourself in Oakdale, known for its blackberry farms and beautiful azaleas. You will want to stop in Sugartown to see everything that the first settlement in southwestern Louisiana has to hold. After spending some time in Oakdale you’ll want to scoot over to Merryville. This is where you can see the grave of the famed outlaw Leather Britches Smith.

To learn more, check out the official website for the Myths and Legends Byways.

This article was written by Fancy Hands Assistants.

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