Outdoor fun abounds at Chennault Park. While the oak-filled, 500-acre reserve is best known for its 18-hole golf course that’s loved by locals and visitors alike, the park is also home to a full disc/frisbee golf course, 12 NHPA-sanctioned horseshoe pits, and a paved 1.2-mile walking and biking path. The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is also located within the park and offers visitors a chance to explore the history of the Civil Rights movement in Louisiana.
If a more rustic retreat is what you’re looking for, Kiroli Park is just the ticket. The sprawling, 160-acre park boasts a forest with jogging and nature trails, a fully stocked fishing pond, and gorgeous gardens abloom with seasonal plants. What’s more? The park also features several playgrounds—including Smiles Park, an all-inclusive playground for kids of all ages and abilities—as well as Raising Cane’s Dog Park so Fido won’t be left out from all the outdoor fun.
Marvel at the quiet beauty found at Restoration Park in West Monroe, featuring 70 acres of forest and wetland perfect for exploring. Along the way, take time to soak up panoramic views of the park’s scenic lake and many overlooks. Bring your furry friend along for a light jog or leisurely stroll along the scenic 1.2-mile stone trail.
Immerse in the natural beauty and wonder of the majestic Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge. With 4,500 acres of lake, swamp, bottomland hardwoods and woody uplands, the opportunities for adventure are endless. Embark on a sight-seeing journey of the refuge’s abundant wildlife, from alligators and turtles to coyotes, deer and countless bird species.
Bring your boat or rent a canoe and enjoy a water-filled day at the heart of the reserve—a 1,600-acre lake, lined with stately cypress and tupelo trees and filled with plentiful fishing. Kick the fun up a notch and get your learning on with the reserve’s interactive experiences, live animal exhibits and arboretum