Unearth Hidden Treasures:

Embark on a Thrilling Adventure at Dark Woods' Lost Treasure Mining Co for Your Student Field Trip!

Fun-Filled Family Adventure

Lost Treasure Gem Mine guarantees a fun and exciting adventure for all ages!

Become A Treasure Hunter

Experience the fun and excitement of mining for lost treasure!

Mine Your Own Gemstones

Live an adventure from days gone by as you mine for crystals, gemstones, and fossils from around the world!

Lost Treasure Mining Co


Now Open For The 2024 Season

Voted Natchitoches’ 2021 Fan Favorite Attraction  – National Travel & Tourism Week NCVB

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! Over 96′ of authentic outdoor water sluice to search for lost treasure. See why Only 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.

What are you waiting for?

Plot your course for Lost Treasure Mining Company at Dark Woods®!


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

Plan Your Treasure Hunting Expedition

Treasure Hunters Wanted!


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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!

Know Before You Go

Play SAFE With Us

Covid-19 Update: The health and safety of our guests is a top priority. Face masks are NOT required. Enter at your own risk. Prior to visiting the park, all guests should have been healthy for at least 14 days prior to their visit.

We are significantly increasing our efforts to sanitize and disinfect all high touch points, such as chairs, mining pans, benches, tables, cans, etc. We will have a number of stations throughout the park offering free hand sanitizer to guests and employees. Restroom Area: all high touch point areas within the restrooms are disinfected on a regular basis. Touchless: Dark Woods accepts card and mobile payments options at all locations. You can pay for purchases with Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Apple Pay, Google Pay, or a debit card.


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Located just off I-49 in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. The Lost Treasure Mining Company attraction at Dark Woods Adventure Park has been called “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