One of the nation’s “Top 100 Adventure Towns” as named by National Geographic, adventure awaits visitors around every bend, turn, and hill in the Alexandria/Pineville Area. From the blooming azaleas in the spring to the fall foliage throughout the area forests, even a simple drive can be an inspiring experience.
Enjoy hiking, biking, horseback, ATV, and multi-use trails in the Kisatchie National Forest, as well camping areas, beaches, piers, and historic sites. You can also watch for the endangered Red Cockaded Woodpecker, or ask about the three bat caves on the land.
Take some time to hike or bike the Wild Azalea Trail – Louisiana’s longest hiking trail at 31 miles long. The winding landscape offers sections for any skill level.
Enjoy a horseback ride through the forest. Hayes E Daze Riding Adventures will take you on a guided ride along trails in the National Forest – and give insight into the military history of the area. A walk along the boardwalks at Forts Randolph/Buhlow State Historic Site will introduce you to the indigenous trees and birds of the area. This is also a great area to take in the sites of the mighty Red River at the overlook at the site of Bailey’s Dam.
Fishing opportunities are abundant. Of course, you can fish the recreation areas in the National Forest, or you can drop a line at Cotile Lake Recreation Area, Indian Creek, the Red River, and many other places. Camping, picnicking, swimming and fishing can be found at Indian Creek Recreational Area in the Alexander Forest.
Birding and nature watching is an easy pastime in Central Louisiana with so diverse a landscape and foliage.
Come visit and see for yourself why the Heart of Louisiana is the Heart of Outdoors. Begin planning your adventure by visiting AlexandriaPinevilleLA.com/outdoor-recreation.