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Union Parish

Map of Union ParishLocated in the heart of Louisiana's piney hill country, Union Parish was established by the Louisiana legislature on March 13, 1839.  Union Parish's economy is based upon forestry, agriculture, and light industry.

DOTD Tourism Map of Union ParishUnion Parish offers visitors a broad variety of cultural and environmental attractions.  Farmerville, the parish seat, is home of the annual D'Arbonne Arts Festival and Watermelon Festival (July) and Black History Parade (February).  The town of Bernice, which boasts the Depot Museum, hosts a Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch, the Arts in the Park festival (April), a historical tour (June), the Corney Creek Porkfest/Louisiana Pork Cookoff (October), and the Corney Creek Christmas.

The community of Marion sponsors the Mayhaw Festival.  Lake D'Arbonne, the Union Wildlife Management Area, and the D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge provide ample opportunities for boating, water sports, and fishing.

by Carl A. Brasseaux

Principle Towns




Union Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

Mayhaw Frestival (Marion)

Corney Creek Great Outdoor Festival (Bernice)

Louisiana Watermelon Festival (Farmerville)

Black Heritage Parade (Farmerville)

Farmerville Mardi Gras Parade

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

Bernice Depot Museum and Captain Henderson Caboose

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Lake D'Arbonne State Park

D'Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge

Buckhorn Wildlife Management Area

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

Big Lake Wildlife Management Area


D'Arbonne Range Riders

Union Parish Courthouses

Union Parish Library

LSU AgCenter