Toledo Bend Area Attractions and Side Trips
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
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
Warrior Hills Golf Course
Natchitoches Country Club
Northwestern Hills Golf Course
Leesville Municipal Golf Course
Boat Rentals in the Toledo Bend Area
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 (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
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
- East Texas Gators & Wildlife Park (Grand Saline)
- East Texas Backroads, Highways and Byways
- East Texas Tourism Association
Fireworks on Toledo Bend Reservoir
(Photograph courtesy of the LA Office of Tourism)