Trails, Parks & Picnics
Beautiful trails and parks will beckon you to stay a while in the great outdoors. Lovely, shady spots provide options for picnics and play!
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.
Birding, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnic, Swimming
Burr Ferry Confederate Breastworks
Covered Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Grills, Civil War Historical Site.
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.
Dogwood Park is located on Belview Rd. near Leesville High School; it is lighted and has chain climbers and benches.
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.
Fullerton Town & Mill Site
Hadden's Ferry Public River Access
Birding, Canoeing, Free Kayak/Canoe Launch, Fishing
Hodges Gardens State Park
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.
Jubilee Park is located on Nona St., across from Vernon Middle School. Shaded picnic tables are scattered throughout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sandy Creek Boat Launch
Birding, Free Boat Launch, Dock, Fishing, Picnics
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.
Vernon Lake Spillway Park
Birding, Dock, Free Boat Launch, Fishing, Picnics, Swimming
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.