When I made a trip to Avoyelles Parish several years ago, the personnel at the courthouse did allow us to see their records. They were very helpful and my husband and I tried to be respectful in return. We also stumbled upon a small library that actually had good information regarding ancestors I was seeking. If you are planning to spend the night, you might want to make arrangements before you go. There are not many accommodations (hotels/motels) in the area. Also, you will want to be sure to visit the cemeteries. Enjoy your trip.