Vernon Parish, Louisiana's Legend Country, definitely has legendary outdoor experiences. From Kisatchie National Forest to Hodges Gardens and water sports to geocaching, you will find enough adventures and beautiful scenery to suit the most ardent outdoorsman. Check out shooting ranges and other recreational sporting activities along with swimming and golfing opportunities.
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.
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Leesville Leisure Pool
Located next to the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds off LA Hwy. 8 West, the pool is perfect for parents and small children with its zero depth entry.
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
Leesville Municipal Golf Club & City Park - The Pines
The Leesville Municipal Golf Course offers a 9-hole course, covering 10 acres of gently rolling hills, and features 2,821 yards of golf for a par of 35.
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.
Leesville Municipal Pool
Located in the old Leesville State School, the pool is 25 yards long and features depths up to 10 feet, as well as a diving board.
Leesville Recreation Complex
The Leesville Recreation Complex is home to 5 lighted baseball/softball fields and a soccer field with a centrally located concession stand. Located next to the Vernon Parish Fairgrounds off LA Hwy. 8 West.
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.
Methodist Landing Campground
Frisbee Golf. The course, built as an Eagle Scout project, was built by Brooks Cowan and Boy Scout Troop 75. The 9-hole course can be modified to 18 holes by first completing the 9 holes, then turning and playing the same 9 holes in reverse.
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.
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
Seeing Colors Boarding Stables
Seeing Colors is a boarding stable just off Alligator Lake Rd, near North Fort Polk. They offer riding classes as well as both short and long-term boarding.
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.
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.