Find your sense of adventure along the trails and byways of Toledo Bend Lake Country, in Louisiana’s western corridor. Not only is this area Louisiana’s No Man’s Land, once the neutral zone between the United States and Spain with no king or country and home to outlaws, bandits, pirates, and brave pioneers, but it is also home to the Toledo Bend Scenic Forest Byway, and a portion of one of the most ancient roads in America, the El Camino Real.
These areas feature not only beautiful, scenic drives, but historic attractions, and stories and legends you’ll want to discover! And, of course, the legendary cuisine of Louisiana, will greet you at every bend in the byway–from four-star dining, to mom-and-pop stops, and even convenience stores with gas station eats, serving up local delicacies like tamales, boudin, and seafood–all worth the drive!
When you turn in for the night, select accommodations ranging from quaint bed and breakfasts, cozy waterfront cabins, shaded RV spots, and primitive campsites to a full-scale resort overlooking Toledo Bend Lake. So, visit. Take the route of ancient explorers, and find your own Louisiana treasures!
Other Things to Do in Toledo Bend Lake Country
Toledo Bend Lake Country is also known for world-class fishing (as well as catch-and-cook options with several guides/resorts). There’s also an Audubon golf trail course, two state parks, history, hiking, ATVing, and Main Street shopping excursions. Visit Fort Jesup State Historic Site to discover how this lawless region was tamed.
Communities in the area offer quaint shops and antique stores where you can hunt for hidden treasure. Follow the Tamale Trail to satisfy your appetite for delicious Zwolle hot tamales.
And, make sure you plan your visit during one of their annual festivals. Noted celebrations are held throughout the year, including the Battle of Pleasant Hill, the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb’s Powwow, the Black Heritage Festival, the Sabine Freestate Festival, the Zwolle Tamale Fiesta, Louisiana Native American Art Fest, and plenty of holiday activities! Be sure to check the Sabine Parish website, including their calendar of events, for all the details.
Find more information about the area:
Sabine Parish Tourist Commission
1601 Texas Highway, Many, Louisiana, 71449
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