, 2022-12-08 08:03:23,
You will likely not end up in Franklinton, Louisiana, unless you are looking for it.
Louisiana is shaped like a boot, and Franklinton – in Washington Parish – is known as the “Toe” of the boot.
It’s a rural wilderness wonderland at least 30 miles from a major interstate, surrounded by nature and two-lane highways as far as the eye can see.
The Free Fair, one of the largest of its kind, is held each October.
This county fair offers free admission in a family-friendly atmosphere.
It started in 1911 and just keeps getting bigger each year.
Travelers won’t find hotel rooms here or even vacation rentals.
You’ll need to go at least 30 miles to find a traditional hotel room, but you will find camping and RV spots in this region.
This wooded area is home to farms, wilderness areas, and water activities along the Bogue Chitto river.
The Mile Branch Settlement is a series of log homes that will take you back to the pioneering days.
While Franklinton feels like a whole different world than the busy New Orleans city, you’re still just 90 minutes from Bourbon Street and less than two hours to Gulf Coast beaches.
Warnings & Dangers in Franklinton
OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM
This is backwoods Louisiana, and that’s not a vibe everyone will enjoy. On top of Louisiana’s high crime rate, Washington Parish is seeing an increase in violent crime. While I’ll say it’s a medium risk, what I’m really saying is, “mind your own business here.” This is a whole different pace and style of life than you might be used to – but that’s why you’re on vacation, right?
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW
You’ll want a car rental to get around because public transportation isn’t available, and taxis are hard to come by. Franklinton is a remote area, and you shouldn’t rely on anyone or anything but your own navigational abilities.
PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW
There’s a low risk here, but use a lot of caution if you are there for the Free Fair or other big events. The fair brings in people from all over the country, which could include pickpockets. Be sure you don’t let the lower crime risk make you lose focus on basic security steps, like locking your car and rolling up the windows.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM
Washington Parish was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina and usually takes the brunt of any tropical storm as soon as it moves over New Orleans. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are also possible. Flooding is also a concern. There’s also the risk that when the power goes out, you’re on…
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