A day trip to Washington Parish involves travel on our scenic byways and backways.  Franklinton is home to the Bogue Chitto State Park, located 6 miles south on Hwy. 25.  Here you can hike numerous trails where you can experience a diversity of topography, lowland swamps, upland hardwood forests and a scenic gorge.  You can canoe & kayak on a scenic river or fish in one of the many lakes in the park.  Visit www.lastateparks.com for more information.

Also in Franklinton you find the Varnado General Store Museum, open Saturdays and Sundays.  See what rural, small town America was like.  Visitors to the old general mercantile store museum will view shopping as it was in early 20th century Washington Parish, along with changing exhibits in the museum's center display area that feature the history and culture of the piney woods of the area.  See www.varnadostoremuseum.org for more information.

The Museums in Cassidy Park, the Pioneer Museum and the Museum of Native American Culture, exhibit artifacts and interpretive materials and programs relevant to the history of the City of Bogalusa, Louisiana and its surrounding communities.  They are open on weekend afternoons.  The museums are set in Cassidy Park, located in Bogalusa, which offers a beautiful and tranquil wooded area almost completely surrounded by a clear, fast flowing creek.  The Park also includes walking paths, a scenic drive and picnic shelters.  See www.museumsofcassidypark.com for more information.