The Solomon Northup Geo Trail



One of the many Site Markers along the Northup Trail

Much has been written about the storied locations accompanying the life of Solomon Northup, the black freeman from New York who ended up in Louisiana press-ganged into slavery for twelve years, and whose escape story is now part of our state heritage.

In 2015, Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne designated the Northup Trail as part of the Louisiana Trails & Byways Collection.  The entire overview of the sites can be found at or for just the Twelve Years A Slave Book’s trail map in PDF click here.

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Marty Floyd (LAVNVet) opens the Northup Geotrail at the Epps House at LSUA

Through the efforts of LAVNVet and other owners nearby, there are Geocaches now at each of the Trail Markers and Northup Locations.  For finishers, he has a custom pathtag as a prize. Even if you’re not seeking a prize, the trail itself and the history sewn up within is a treasure in itself.

See the entire list of geocaches here:

To achieve the pathtag, one must find the 15 primary geocaches, and five from the list of secondary sites.

Read the newspaper write-up about the Trail Opening here.