Toledo Bend Area Attractions and Side Trips

Side trips from Toledo Bend and area attractions

There are many activities to keep Toledo Bend residents, and visitors, busy around the reservoir and its environs! But sometimes we want to get away from the lake for an afternoon, or a weekend. We like to check out the restaurants in Many, or Alexandria, or even drive west over to Tyler, do some shopping, and explore the back roads of East Texas.

Area Attractions and Recreation

A variety of fishing marinas, hiking trails, RV resorts, restaurants, camps, golf courses, and other facilities are all available along the 1,200 miles of shoreline of the reservoir.

Nearby Hodges Gardens State Park features 40 acres of manicured gardens, trails, RV facilities, and a fishing lake. It was originally developed designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges. Today, this 700-acre landscape masterpiece is operated by the Louisiana Office of State Parks.

Emerald Hills Golf Resort is located across the street from the entrance to the park. The resort offers an 18-hole championship golf course, overnight accommodations and a restaurant. Meeting and conference facilities are also available. Other golfing venues include nearby Cypress Bend Golf Resort.

Louisiana Welcome Center at Toledo Bend Reservoir on La Highway 6 at the Pendleton Bridge
Louisiana Welcome Center at Toledo Bend Reservoir on La Highway 6 at the Pendleton Bridge

North Toledo Bend State Park in Louisiana

Located on Toledo Bend Reservoir, one of the country's largest man-made reservoirs, North Toledo Bend State Park provides a venue for a wide variety of water-related activities in a pleasant environment. And for land-based activities, more than 900 acres are available for camping, picnicking, hiking, and relaxing in the heart of nature.


South Toledo Bend State Park in Louisiana

Pleasantly located on several small bluffs that extend over and into the Toledo Bend Reservoir, South Toledo Bend State Park offers a scenic, waterfront view from many vantage points. While the reservoir is nationally recognized as a destination for bass fishing tournaments, visitors to the park can also enjoy other outdoor recreational activities such as hiking, cycling, birding, camping and enjoying the many forms of wildlife in the area.

Fort Jesup State Historic Site

The site is located in Sabine Parish, just 30 minutes from Natchitoches and I-49, and six miles east of Many off LA 6 (formally the San Antonio Road). Fort Jesup is a reminder of a young nation's growing pains and a relic of Louisiana's rich international heritage.

Toledo Bend Area Golf Courses

Cypress Bend Golf and Conference Center

Warrior Hills Golf Course

Natchitoches Country Club

Northwestern Hills Golf Course

Leesville Municipal Golf Course

Boat Rentals in the Toledo Bend Area

South Toledo Bend State Park

North Toledo Bend State Park

Jolly Rogers Paddle Boat Rentals

Pontoon, Kayak and Canoe

Turtle Beach Lodge

Day Trips around nearby Louisiana and Texas

Interesting day trips in several directions from Toledo Bend make great side adventures:

Texas Welcome Center at Toledo Bend near the Pendleton Bridge
Texas Welcome Center at Toledo Bend near the Pendleton Bridge (Staff Photo)

Shreveport Louisiana - casinos, horse racing, rose garden, museums, restaruants, concerts, and much more

Leesville Louisiana - home to Fort Polk

Jacksonville - to the south of Tyler on U.S. 69

Love's Lookout - beautiful 30-mile vista to the East

Edom - festivals, potters, artists, garden centers

Canton - site of the famous First Monday Trade Days

Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas

Longview - historic buildings, shopping, restaurants

Marshall - Marshall Pottery, Railroad Museum, more

Kilgore - East Texas Oil Museum, Kilgore College, more

Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler

Other Things to Do and Area Resources for East Texas

Fireworks on Toledo Bend Reservoir
Fireworks on Toledo Bend Reservoir
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)


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