If you’re anything like me, you’re itching to get out of the house as summer approaches. If you and your family are ready to get out and about, consider visiting these five wide-open spaces located in or near Shreveport-Bossier. For more information, check out the 2020 Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier. You can request a free printed copy by mail or view the brochure in a mobile-friendly e-reader edition. You may also enjoy checking out the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s outdoor fun listings.
Here are some of our favorite places to soak up some rays and commune with nature.
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park
Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Nature Park reopened its trails and outdoor exhibits on May 20. Located at 8012 Blanchard Furrh Road in Shreveport, this 120-acre nature park offers five miles of walking trails, including a wheelchair-accessible trail. This heavily wooded park is easily accessible and offers convenient, paved parking near trail entrances. While you’re there, check out their habitat for rehabilitating injured birds of prey. Admission is free.
American Rose Center
The American Rose Center reopened to the public on Monday, May 18. The 118-acre park is America’s largest park dedicated to roses and is home to the American Rose Society headquarters. The park’s paved trails and tranquil beauty make it a great place for walking, jogging, yoga, or simply enjoying the beauty of more than 20,000 rose bushes. Admission is by donation only.
Cypress Black Bayou
Cypress Black Bayou in Benton is a great spot for camping, RVing, boating, fishing, and swimming. Located at 135 Cypress Park Drive, the recreation area even offers a marina, a wildlife zoo, and a beach!
Admission is $5 per person per day, and there is a $5 per day boat launch fee. If you’re planning a visit, definitely check out the official website to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge
One of Shreveport-Bossier’s newest options for outdoor recreation, Red River National Wildlife Refuge offers five miles of marked, mowed walking trails that surround a beautiful oxbow lake called Lake Caroline. The refuge is particularly popular among birdwatchers and nature photographers. Anyone planning a visit for fishing (a new boat ramp allows easy access to Lake Caroline) should make sure that they’re not planning to visit during a bird-banding season by checking the official website. A terrific interpretive center offers regular classes and hikes. Admission is free.
Boom or Bust Byway
There are dozens of outstanding parks and outdoor recreation areas located along Northwest Louisiana’s Boom or Bust Byway, a scenic highway that runs through Caddo and Bossier Parishes. For the crib notes on outdoor attractions along the byway, check out the “Outdoor Fun” page on the official website.
For the best experience along the byway, make sure you’re taking advantage of their free mobile app, which provides an on-demand guided tour of towns like Oil City, Plain Dealing and Homer. The byway has an outstanding Facebook page and blog, both of which provide frequent inspiration for travelers. The app may be downloaded from the Boom or Bust Byway homepage.
If you’re thinking about planning an outdoor adventure in Shreveport-Bossier, you can request a free, printed copy of our 2020 Official Visitors’ Guide to Shreveport-Bossier or view the guide online.
20×49.com is a publication of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.