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 Now Open For 2024 Season!

Adventure awaits at Dark Woods Adventure Park in Natchitoches. This family-friendly outdoor park features a variety of activities and attractions to enjoy, including Lost Treasure Mining Company, Louisiana’s only outdoor gem and fossil mining attraction, delicious food, and the new Bear Factory at Dark Woods. With a mini-golf course in development and scheduled opening soon, this park will surely be a hit with visitors of all ages!

Additionally, special seasonal events like Happy Easter Hop Along, Dark Woods Haunted Attraction, and Dark Woods Christmas, retail shops, an ice cream shop, and great food make Dark Woods Adventure Park a popular destination for a day of exploration and adventure from March to December.

Whether you’re looking for a day of fun or a weekend getaway, Dark Woods Adventure Park is sure to have something for everyone!

Lost Treasure Mining Company

“… one of the most amazing hidden gems in Louisiana, and you’re not going to want to waste any time checking it out.” ~ Only In Your State – Louisiana

The crystal experience was incredible. Had so much fun. The cast members were all very nice, and I enjoyed every second of my time there.

– Alex N.

Had a blast here!! The staff was amazing and friendly. Can’t wait to visit again! Don’t forget to try the vanilla donuts with powdered sugar melts in your mouth!

– Jammie C.

We had such an amazing time, the staff were super friendly and made us feel right at home. There is so much variety in what you collected it was an awesome adventure for everyone involved. Best way to celebrate my littles ones adventure bday. Will be going back as much as possible. Keep it up guys, you are giving us something to do when we need it most.

– Jessica C.

The folks here are incredibly nice! They took the time to explain everything about the rock sluice to my kiddos and came around to see how we were doing through out our stay. I love the cute, campy outdoor environment, the snack shack is awesome. Everything is just awesome.

– Stacey


Natchitoches’ Fan-Favorite Attraction

What Are You Waiting For?

Over 96′ of authentic outdoor water sluice to search for lost treasure. See whyOnly In Your State,calls it “a little gem tucked away in Louisiana…family-owned…unique and fun.” Turn an ordinary afternoon into a extraordinary family adventure.

Gather YOUR group of intrepid treasure hunters!

Spend the afternoon panning for genuine gemstones, crystals, minerals, and fossils from around the world at Louisiana’s ONLY authentic gem mine attraction. We provide everything you need, and the best part of the whole experience… you take home what you find! Emeralds, rubies, opals, amethyst and TONS MORE – GUARANTEED!


Stuff Your Own Plush

A Must-Do Attraction at Dark Woods

The Bear Factory at Dark Woods! This “Build Your Own Plush” shop is an interactive activity allows children (and adults!) to stuff their own unstuffed plush animals and create lasting memories.

Plush For The Planet

Since its creation in 2001, The Bear Factory has been the leading plush supplier worldwide in innovation, quality, and sustainability. Join us in our mission of creating lasting memories while also educating the next generation on the importance of animal and environmental conservation by making your own plush with our sustainable line, “Plush for the Planet.” while having fun creating your own plush.

Molly Moo's Soft Serve & Sweets

Great Treats Are Waiting For You

Enjoy a shady spot to sort your treasure, cool off with cold drinks, great food, enjoy our NEW Dark Woods Dole Whip Pineapple soft serve and floats, or out of this world Dippin Dots in your favorite flavors!

Molly Moo's offers a variety of other selections including hand-made candies, Dippin Dots, ice cold drinks and more!

Darkwoods Gift Cards

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