Whether you saddle up a horse or start up an engine, riding trails throughout Vernon Parish will let you go at your own pace. ATVs and OHVs are welcome in many areas, including places for mud-riding, and a speedway allows you to increase the speed and excitement levels. Beautiful, shaded areas, such as those in Hodges Gardens or Kisatchie National Forest, let you explore nature and enjoy the scenery. Rodeos and Riding Clubs offer additional opportunities for the equestrian.
From OHV trails and tracks to horseback riding opportunities, enjoy outdoor fun, no matter your mode of transportation.
Circle KRJ Ranch
(Off Hwy. 10 - 1/2 mile from Fort Polk's South Gate). Circle KRJ Ranch offers horse boarding, riding lessons and group trail rides -- small groups of at least two can do a mini trail ride around the porperty, while larger groups can opt for a longer ride through the Kisatchie National Forest.
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.
Fort Polk Mini Golf and Go Carts
The Fort Polk Mini Golf course and Go Cart track have recently opened. They are located on 9th St. and are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Kisatchie National Forest - Horseback Trails
Several trails contained within the Vernon Unit of the Kisatchie National Forest are designated as horse riding trails, including Government Pond, Whiskey Chitto, Enduro Multi-Use, Big Branch, and Turkey Pen Trails.
Leesville Lions Club Pro Rodeo
The Leesville Lions Club Rodeo is much anticipated throughout the region. It kicks off every year on the Thursday prior to the first full weekend in October, with unofficial trail rides from most communities in the parish. Riders generally finish up the day by riding in the Rodeo Parade that afternoon and many will stay for the Grand Entry at the rodeo that night.
4-H rodeo-ers compete in several categories each night before the professional rodeo begins. High school girls from each school also compete in the Rodeo Queen contest. The participants sell rodeo tickets prior to the rodeo and demonstrate their horsemanship skills each night during the rodeo. http://www.rodeosportsnetwork.com/LHSRA Jr. and Sr. high-schoolers compete for points in a series of rodeos around the state. Please visit their website to get current schedules and results or for contact information.
https://www.facebook.com/laplayday.ridingclub/timeline The Louisiana Playday Riding Club will host Jackpot Barrels and Poles on the second and fourth Friday of every month from March through November at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 4:30 pm and the event begins at 6:30 pm. Saturday Family Playdays will be on the second Saturday of every month from March through November at the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 7am and events will begin at 10am.
Leesville Motorsports Park
In addition to selling used motorcycles, ATVs, parts, and accessories, Leesville Motorsports Park hosts LACC series racing during the spring and fall. Please check their website at www.leesvillemotorsportspark.com for more information on schedules. Riding, Racing, Repairs, Parts
South Toledo Bend State Park Riding Trails
Approx. 12 miles of OHV trails thru 540 acres. The trail spine stretches from near the park's entrance on Hwy. 191 through the woods to Hwy. 392. Nine separate trails, offering varying degrees of challenging topography, branch off the spine, and then loop around to connect again. All of the trails except the spine are one-way.
Swany Creek Ranch
Swany Creek Ranch Riding School & Stables offers English and Western lessons for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced rider. The lessons include horse care, confidence building, safety, and riding fundamentals. Lessons are by reservation only. They have party plans with pony rides that include use of their grills and tables with chairs. Temporary and long-term boarding is available.