Natchitoches is a wonderful place to live, work and play. It is steeped in many cultural, historical and community-oriented avenues for all age groups. Founded in 1714, there are many historical homes, plantations, national landmarks and points of interest on the National Register of Historic Places. You won't want to miss the recreational opportunities of fishing, hunting, skiing and boating on the many surrounding lakes such as Cane River Lake, Sibley Lake, and Black Lake. Because it is the home to Northwestern State University, one will find many activities and resources available to the general public from theater, the symphony, and art exhibits, to a variety of sports activities such as football, baseball, tennis, etc.. Hiking, Camping and Picnicking are prevalent in the Kisatchie National Forests surrounding Natchitoches. The City of Natchitoches and Northwestern State University partner in many festivals including but not limited to The Christmas Festival, The Folk Festival, The Jazz Festival, The Meat Pie Festival, among others. The Natchitoches Chamber of Commerce and the Natchitoches Historic Foundation provide a full scope of offerings for Natchitoches and Natchitoches Parish.