Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway

Length: 78 miles

Time to Allow: One day for a self-guided tour

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1
Clyde's Crossing
19099 Hwy 191
Tel: 
318-256-4001
2
Cow Bayou Wilderness Area
481 Coker Worsham Road
Tel: 
318-256-4114
3
Cypress Bend Park
3462 Cypress Bend Drive
Tel: 
318-256-4118 or 318-256-4112 or 800-259 LAKE
4
Dennis Freeman Memorial Riverfront Park
5
El Camino Real National Historic Trail
Louisiana Highway 6
Tel: 
337-286-9075
6
Fisher
679 Four L Drive
Tel: 
318-697-5359
7
Fort Jesup State Historic Site
32 Geoghagan Road
Tel: 
318-256-4117 or 888-677-5378
8
Hodges Gardens State Park
1000 Hodges Loop
Tel: 
318-586-3523
9
Logansport
309 Main Street
Tel: 
800-341-3668
10
Logansport Interpretive Area
158 Hwy 763
11
Louisiana Tourist Information Center
15091 Texas Hwy
Tel: 
318-256-4114
12
Mansfield Battle Park
15149 Hwy 175
Tel: 
318-872-1474 or 888-677-6267
13
Mansfield Female College Museum
101 Monroe Street
Tel: 
318-871-9978
14
Moses Rose Grave Site
Tel: 
318-872-1177
15
North Toledo Bend State Park
2907 North Toledo Park Rd
Tel: 
318-645-4715 or 888-677-4600
16
Sabine Historic Downtown Theater
675 San Antonio Avenue
17
Sabine Parish Tourist and Recreation Commission
1601 Texas Highway
Tel: 
318-256-5880 or 1-800-358-7802
18
San Patricio Scenic Overlook
13584 LA 191
19
South Toledo Bend State Park
120 Bald Eagle Road
Tel: 
337-286-9075 or 888-677-4600
20
Toledo Bend Biking Trail
21
Toledo Bend Dam
Tel: 
318-256-5880
22
Toledo Bend Reservoir
15091 Texas Hwy
Tel: 
318-645-6141
23
Walking Trail at Cypress Bend
2000 Cypress Bend Pkwy
Tel: 
318-590-1500

Overview

The largest manmade lake in the South, Toledo Bend Reservoir is surrounded by some of Louisiana’s most impressive pines and hardwoods. The Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway lies in west-central Louisiana along the state’s border with Texas. The byway parallels the reservoir and takes in both the recreational bounty of the lake and the beauty of the forests, which provide a natural habitat for many kinds of wildlife. The area encompasses many parks, golf and fishing resorts, marinas and outlooks where visitors can drink in the scenery and spot eagles and blue herons. The rolling byway is especially lovely in the spring and summer, when the wildflowers and native blooming trees add their color. Bikers can take advantage of the byway’s 26 miles of bicycle trails. Bring your camera; you’ll find a lot to photograph. Here is a sample of what you’ll find:

South Toledo Bend State Park

The park lies on several small bluffs extending above the Toledo Bend Reservoir. A favorite spot of bass fishermen, the park also is a nesting ground for bald eagles. Visit Toledo Bend Dam at the south end of the park to see how the 185,000-acre lake came into being. About 15 miles up the byway is the verdant paradise of Hodges Gardens State Park, where you can see acres of flowers planted along natural rock formations. The park has a formal rose garden, many azaleas, pools and waterfalls, picnic areas and nature trails.

Farther north, just off the byway near Many, visit Fort Jesup, the site of a garrison established in 1822 by future U.S. President Zachary Taylor. You can view the original field kitchen and a replica of the officers’ quarters. In this area also, you can trace the history of El Camino Real, a trading route used by early explorers that helped create a cultural melting pot in southwestern Louisiana.

Near this historic area you’ll also find Cypress Bend Resort, a luxury resort that includes an 18-hole golf course, spa and restaurant. Next to the resort is Cypress Bend Park, which has a large, sandy beach, playground, RV pads and a marina.

North Toledo Bend State Park

Continuing upriver, you will enter the upper portions of the sprawling Toledo Bend scenic and recreation area. Opportunities abound for water sports of all kinds, but bass fishing rules, and this area is home to numerous annual fishing tournaments. Camping, hiking and birding are popular here. You can also rent a canoe or paddle boat for a leisurely tour on the water.

You’ll find many good stopping points for food and recreation along the way, but when you reach Logansport, at the northern end of the park, consider a stop at River’s Edge Restaurant, which serves up platters of chicken-fried steak, seafood and other “country-style” entrees. Browsers might enjoy visiting the Caraway Store, a century-old retailer whose merchandise ranges from antiques to gourmet kitchen items.

* To visit any of Louisiana’s Wildlife Management Areas, you must have either a valid Louisiana fishing or hunting license OR a Wild Louisiana Stamp. You can buy these online at www.wlf.louisiana.gov or by calling 1-888-765-2602 or at any vendor that sells hunting and fishing licenses, such as Bass Pro Shop, Walmart and Academy Sports. If you are buying a license or stamp for short-term use, you will be given an authorization number; that, plus a valid I.D., allows you to visit the WMA and hunt or fish. Prices vary for hunting and fishing licenses. The Wild Louisiana Stamps costs $2 for a one-day stamp.

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  • Hodges Gardens State Park on the Louisiana Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway