Outdoor recreational activities in Alexandria and Pineville Louisiana

Alexandria, Pineville and the surrounding Central Lousiana area have a variety of outdoor attractions and recreational areas.

Kisatchie National Forest

The Kisatchie National Forest offers many opportunities and venues for visitors to enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of Central Louisiana. Groups can view or stop at recreation areas, view endangered species or geologic sites, or participate in tree identification.

The national forest includes Kincaid Recreation Area, Valentine Lake Recreation Area, and the Wild Azalea Trail. Admision fees may be charged.

Popular Mutli-Use trails are available at Camp Livingston and Camp Claiborne for hiking, walking, and biking.

The main office is located at 2500 Shreveport Highway in Pineville. Phone 318.473.7160 for more information.

Map of the U.S. Forest Service Camp Livingston Multi-Use Trails


Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site

Located on the Red River in downtown Pineville, the Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site includes a visitor center with exhibits on the Civil War Red River Campaign, an elevated boardwalk around the fort area, with an overlook near the Bailey's Dam site, and an open field for Civil War re-enactments. Forts Randolph & Buhlow were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visitor Center at the Forts Buhlow and Fort Randolph State Historic Site
Visitor Center at the Forts Buhlow and Fort Randolph State Historic Site (Courtesy of the Louisiana Dept of Culture, Recreation and Tourism)

The Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site includes a visitor center, interpretive areas and walkways.

The historic site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. A small entrance fee is charged. Seniors over 62 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Phone 318-484-2390 or 1-877-677-7437. The official address is 135 Riverfront Street, Pineville, LA 71360

Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the river, then take the first right onto Main Street,then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site. - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-african-american-heritage/fort-randolph-and-fort-buhlow-state-historic-site#sthash.x7048ZjT.dpuf
Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the river, then take the first right onto Main Street,then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site. - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-african-american-heritage/fort-randolph-and-fort-buhlow-state-historic-site#sthash.x7048ZjT.dpuf

Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the Red River, then take the first right onto Main Street, then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site.

 

Buhlow Lake

Buhlow Lake is a popular destination near Pineville in Central Louisiana for various boating, racing, fishing and recreational activities. Built in 1956, it covers an area of 282 acres.

Buhlow Lake is located on the north side of Pineville, bounded on the south by U.S. Highways 165-71, and the Red River to the north.

Buhlow Lake has been the site of power boat racing since the 1960s, and is known for its flat, fast race course due to the shallow lake being sheltered from winds by surrounding hills. The City of Pineville has several sanctioned motor boat racing events annually on the lake.

It has the distinction of being the location for many world speed records. The lake is often called "The Fastest Lake in the USA".

At the west end of the lake is the historic Civil War-vintage Fort Buhlow.

Fort Buhlow Recreation Area

The Fort Buhlow Recreation Area is nestled between Buhlow Lake and the Red River. Access to this area is via the Lake Buhlow Road past the Pineville Airport.

Play area at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area in Pineville, Louisiana

It features a three lane boat launch, boat dock, picnic shelters, hiking trails, parking, comfort stations, lighted ballfield, disc golf courses, and more facilities. Access to this area is via the Lake Buhlow Road past the Pineville Airport.

It is a popular venue for many sports, from bass fishing in the Red River to cross-country track events to disc golf tournaments. For example, the Louisiana D.A.R.E Officers Association’s (LDOA) 5K in support of the Buddy Camp, and the Running Man Dash, have been held at the recreation area.

Visitors to Buhlow Recreation Area can take advantage of two woodland disc golf courses. Although shaded by surrounding forest, the fairways are kept trimmed and neat.

The Gold 6,483' course contains a number of longer holes including an 846', par 5, along with forested, tunnel holes, and has more elevation than the Purple course.

The courses have been the site of the two-day Louisiana State Disc Golf Championship Tournament, and the Red River Rendezvous Tournament.

The recreation area is operated by the Red River Waterway Commission.

Other Area Lakes

Central Louisiana offers a number of lakes for fishing and recreation, including the following:

  • Cotile Lake
  • Indian Creek Recreational Area
  • Catahoula Lake
  • Nantachie Lake
  • Iatt Lake
  • Black Lake
  • Cane River Lake
  • Kincaid Lake
  • Little River
  • Valentine Lake
  • Williams Lake
  • Reynolds Lake
  • Stuart Lake
  • Hog Lake

Wildlife Refuges

Located near Marksville south of Alexandria is the Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuge, and Lake Ophelia National Wildlife Refuge.

Alexandria-Pineville Area Golf Courses

Alexandria and Pineville have a number of golf courses, including the following:

  • Alexandria Golf and Country Club - Private, 8637 Highway 165S
  • Bringhurst Golf Course - 9 hole public course, 2822 Masonic Drive
  • Links on the Bayou - 18 hole public course, 271 Vandenburg Drive
  • LSU Alexandria - Oakland Plantation - 9 holes, public, 8100 Highway 71 South
  • OakWing Golf Club - 2345 Vandenburg Drive, England Airpark
  • Golf Club at Timber Trails - 9 holes, semi-private, 8311 Shreveport Highway, Pineville, LA

Alexandria and Pineville RV Parks and Resorts

The Alexandria-Pineville area offers a number of RV parks and resorts, such as the following:

Alexandria-Pineville & CenLA Attractions and Things to Do

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