There are ample opportunities for birding throughout Vernon Parish, Louisiana's Legend Country. All of Kisatchie National Forest beckons, and water birds are abundant at our many lake and bayou habitats. Birding tours can also be set up with local operators - check the location listings and bring along your binoculars to check off your list of species sighted!
Allen Acres Native Ventures
Dr. Charles Allen, author of several books devoted to native Louisiana flora, and his wife Susan, have spent years developing the gardens to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Other gardens focus on various curiosities, such as night-blooming flowers, bird watching, and "yard art". Trails lead into the forest where trees are labeled for identification.
Plant Identification Walks and/or Workshops are available on demand for groups of five or more -- with or without a room. Options include an outdoor tour, indoor workshop, or both. Sessions generally last four hours, but Dr. Allen will work with you to customize your trip.
Chinese cooking classes are available for groups of five or more at Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast in Cravens, LA. Taught by Susan Allen (aka Yen Hoa), the classes may be customized to suit your group's needs.
Each class lasts about three hours and provides an opportunity for the group to choose three items from a list including egg rolls, won tons, pot stickers, stir fry and more. When you've finished, you get to take your food and the recipe home with you.
Birding, Fishing, Free Boat Launch
Birding, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnic, Swimming
Enduro Multi-Use Trail
The Enduro Multi-Use Trail is the only trail in the Vernon Unit of the Kisatchie National Forest that has been approved for Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs). It has been designated as a Day-Use area and costs $5.00 per operator, which can be paid at a self-service fee station.
Hadden's Ferry Public River Access
Birding, Canoeing, Free Kayak/Canoe Launch, Fishing
Hodges Gardens State Park
Jim E. Johnson, Nature Photography
Licensed bird bander and nature photographer is available for conducting birding tours.
LA Department of Wildlife & Fisheries
Methodist Landing Campground
Pirates Cove Marina
Birding, Boat Launch, Fishing Pier, Live Bait, Lunker Program Weigh-Station, Swimming, Restaurant, Store
Pleasure Point Park - SRA Hornbeck
Birding, Boat Launch, Fishing Pier, Swimming, Restrooms with Showers
Sandy Creek Boat Launch
Birding, Free Boat Launch, Dock, Fishing, Picnics
Birding, Canoe Rental, Tubing, Fishing
Vernon Lake Spillway Park
Birding, Dock, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnics, Swimming