Elevate your road trip, and take advantage of Boom or Bust Byway outdoor adventures
Outdoor discoveries along the backroads of the Boom or Bust Byway are endless. On this journey, road trippers are bound to disconnect from fast-paced, modern lifestyles and reconnect their adventurous spirit throughout the countryside. Travelers can partake in everything from outdoor events and skydiving over fertile farmland to bass fishing in lakes, and camping in parks.
Parks and Lakes
Enjoy nature at your leisure
The Boom or Bust Byway is the ultimate road trip experience for the food guru, historian, festivalgoer, thrill-seeker, penny-pincher, and antique collector, but the parks and lakes cater to the outdoorsman. Travelers can stay a night under the stars at Earl G. Williamson Park or plan a relaxing picnic overlooking Caddo Lake. The lakes are great for swimming, boating activities, fishing, and more. Quiet, cozy areas are available at local parks and campgrounds for recreational vehicle parking and setting up campsites. Nature has a special way of calming the campgrounds with the sound of soft ripples from the lake’s waves or the charming chirps of birds nestled in the lush forestry.
What to See
Caddo Lake is a 25,400-acre lake and wetland located on the border between Texas and Louisiana. It is the largest natural fresh water lake in the South.
11425 Hwy. 1 North., Oil City, LA 71061
Earl G Williamson Park
Earl G. Williamson Park, a 40-acre park, features a public boat ramp, a 450-foot fishing pier, paved parking areas, restrooms with showers, RV camper hook-ups, areas for tent camping, extensive picnic facilities, two playgrounds, volleyball nets, a baseball field, tennis courts, and a swimming area.
11425 LA Hwy. 1., Oil City, LA 71061
Relish in the Remarkable Boom or Bust Scenery
Along the byway, enjoy the natural, scenic gems that you can’t see in the city. The roads are lined with colorful wildflowers including golden coreopsis, sunflower fields, crimson clovers, and more. Witness the well-kept, historic churches, bed and breakfasts, libraries, bridges, homes, and more. The Boom or Bust Byway forests were planted decades ago when forestry was booming, and other areas were recently harvested by the remaining forestry industries.
Let your windows down to enjoy the fresh smell of pine trees as you drive past picture-perfect landscapes such as placid bayous, peaceful plantations, shady forests, and rich productive farmland. Agriculture has also experienced booms and busts, but the byway is home to the farmlands that survived hard times to be passed down for generations. Most importantly, the byway produces some of the best picturesque sunsets.
What to See
Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge
In 1914, as modes of transportation progressed, the Historic Caddo Lake Drawbridge in Mooringsport was built to replace the ferry. This vehicular bridge illustrates the unique “Vertical Lift” design which allows the entire center span to lift to allow tall oil equipment to pass through, especially Gulf Oil Company’s pile driver which was used for the first off-shore oil drilling. This 100-plus-year-old landmark is the last surviving Waddell vertical-lift bridge in Louisiana and is open to the public as a pedestrian walkway. It has been listed on National Register of Historic Places since 1996.
500 N Croom St., Mooringsport, LA 71060
Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum
Learn how the discovery of oil shaped the history of Caddo Parish through photographs, films, a shot gun house, and life-size dioramas at Louisiana State Oil & Gas Museum.
200 S Land Ave., Oil City, LA 71061
Red River Cross Roads Museum
See how the early settlers of the surrounding rural communities lived through memorabilia and pictures. Located in Shreve Memorial Library branch in Gilliam, the library’s hours are by appointment only.
12797 Main St., Gilliam, LA 71029
Vivian Railroad Station Museum
Walk around and explore exhibits showcasing artifacts, photographs and more about North Caddo Parish’s railroad history at Vivian Railroad Station Museum.
100 Front St., Vivian, LA 71082