Trails, Parks & Picnics

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.

5070 Hwy. 399
Pitkin LA 70656

Bevins West

Birding, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnic, Swimming

Hammock Rd.
Anacoco LA 71403

Burr Ferry Confederate Breastworks

Covered Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Grills, Civil War Historical Site. 

Hwy 8
Burr's Ferry LA

Cooter's Bog in Kisatchie National Forest

The U.S. Forest Service is dedicated to educating the public on the value of native plants. Their website "Celebrating Wildflowers"offers a wealth of information relating to the subject and provides a list of nation-wide viewing areas which includes Cooter's Bog in Vernon Parish. The bog is part of the Kisatchie National Forest and is a frequent destination of Dr. Charles Allen's nature tours.

La Highway 463
Pitkin LA 70656

Dogwood Park

Dogwood Park is located on Belview Rd. near Leesville High School; it is lighted and has chain climbers and benches.

Belview Rd.
Leesville LA 71446

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.

Junction of Forest Road 440 and 442
Pitkin LA 70656
318-793-9427 or 800-225-9733

Fullerton Town & Mill Site

Hwy. 10
Fullerton LA 70642

Hadden's Ferry Public River Access

Birding, Canoeing, Free Kayak/Canoe Launch, Fishing

Holcomb Rd.
Anacoco LA 71403

Harmony Equestrian Services, LLC

578 Browns Lane
Leesville LA 71446
318 308-9066

Hodges Gardens State Park

1000 Hodges Loop, Hwy 171
Florien LA 71429
800-354-3523 / 318-586-4020

Hornbeck Sports Park

The Hornbeck Sports Park, maintained by the Hornbeck Optimist Club, is located on Hwy. 392 East and has a half-mile path that circles the ball parks and a playground for children.

Hwy. 392
Hornbeck LA 71439

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park is located on Nona St., across from Vernon Middle School. Shaded picnic tables are scattered throughout.

Nona St.
Leesville LA 71446

Leesville Municipal Park

An enclosed park with playground equipment shaded by lofty pines will provide hours of outdoor fun for children of all ages. Grills are located near several open-air pavilions for family picnics. 

350 Country Club Rd.
Leesville LA 71446

Liberty Garden

Liberty Garden, our newest park, was created as an initiative of the Keep American Beautiful program to establish a place of natural beauty that will honor the memory of those who have perished in acts of terrorism and reaffirm the principles of freedom and liberty on which our country was built. Liberty Garden continues to grow through the efforts of the Keep Leesville Beautiful Committee, the Leesville Mayor's Women's Commission and the local Boy Scout Troop 75. The boy scouts have conducted several Eagle Scout projects in the park, such as the construction of a bench-lined deck and two bridges. The deck is used for social gatherings of all kinds including concerts and other community activities.

Nolan Trace next to the Vernon Parish Library
Leesville LA

Magnolia Park

Located on Abe Allen Memorial Drive across from West Leesville Elementary School, Magnolia Park features a walking path, covered benches and playground equipment for children.

Abe Allen Memorial Dr.
Leesville LA 71446

New Llano Community Park

Well maintained park with playground equipment, including a rock climber, monkey bars, and swings. Picnic tables with grills are scattered beneath nearby pines. A paved walking trail loops around the playground.

Stanton St.
New Llano LA 71461

Sandy Creek Boat Launch

Birding, Free Boat Launch, Dock, Fishing, Picnics

Hwy 8 - West of Leesville
Leesville LA 71446

Simpson Church of God

The Simpson Church of God has a walking path known to locals as the Pathway to God. It is open to the public and has meditation areas along the way where walkers can stop and rest. There is a pavilion with playground equipment nearby.

4560 Hwy.8
Simpson LA 71474

Vernon Lake Spillway Park

Birding, Dock, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnics, Swimming

Spillway Rd.
Leesville LA 71446

Wolf Rock - Kisatchie National Forest - Vernon Unit

Wolf Rock is located in the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest. Archaeological evidence shows that primitive peoples once used the cave as a habitation. Access to the area is very primitive, so visitors should dress appropriately for walking in the forest.

9912 Highway 28 West
Boyce LA 71409
318 793-9427