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Pineville Tourism

Located in Central Louisiana, an area rich in natural resources and history, Pineville offers a large variety of attractions for area residents, and tourists.

Buhlow Lake

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Buhlow Lake is a popular destination near Pineville in Central Louisiana for various boating, racing, fishing and recreational activities. Built in 1956, it covers an area of 282 acres.

Buhlow Lake is located on the north side of Pineville, bounded on the south by U.S. Highways 165-71, and the Red River to the north.

It's a great day for racing at Buhlow Lake!

Buhlow Lake has been the site of power boat racing since the 1960s, and is known for its flat, fast race course due to the shallow lake being sheltered from winds by surrounding hills. The City of Pineville has several sanctioned motor boat racing events annually on the lake.

It has the distinction of being the location for many world speed records. The lake is often called "The Fastest Lake in the USA".

At the west end of the lake is the historic Civil War-vintage Fort Buhlow.

Fort Buhlow Recreation Area

The Fort Buhlow Recreation Area is nestled between Buhlow Lake and the Red River. Access to this area is via the Lake Buhlow Road past the Pineville Airport.

Play area at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area in Pineville, Louisiana

It features a three lane boat launch, boat dock, picnic shelters, hiking trails, parking, comfort stations, lighted ballfield, disc golf courses, and more facilities. Access to this area is via the Lake Buhlow Road past the Pineville Airport.

It is a popular venue for many sports, from bass fishing in the Red River to cross-country track events to disc golf tournaments. For example, the Louisiana D.A.R.E Officers Association’s (LDOA) 5K in support of the Buddy Camp, and the Running Man Dash, have been held at the recreation area.

Visitors to Buhlow Recreation Area can take advantage of two woodland disc golf courses. Although shaded by surrounding forest, the fairways are kept trimmed and neat.

The Gold 6,483' course contains a number of longer holes including an 846', par 5, along with forested, tunnel holes, and has more elevation than the Purple course.

The courses have been the site of the two-day Louisiana State Disc Golf Championship Tournament, and the Red River Rendezvous Tournament.

The recreation area is operated by the Red River Waterway Commission.

Scene on the Purple Course at the Disc Golf Course at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area
Scene on the Purple Course at the Disc Golf Course at the Fort Buhlow Recreation Area

Other Area Lakes

In addition to Buhlow Lake, other bodies of water close to Pineville include the giant Catahoula Lake, Cocodrie Lake, Saline Lake, Cotile Lake, Williams Lake, Little River, Walker Lake, Hog Lake, Kincaid Lake, and others.

Pineville Louisiana Museum on Main Street
Old Town Hall Museum, Pineville

In addition, the Red River in downtown Pineville has become a popular spot for boating, fishing, hiking and walking.

Old Town Hall Museum

Pineville is home to the Old Town Hall Museum, the only museum in Louisiana dedicated to municipal government. Visit the City of Pineville's web site for more information about the museum.

Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum

The Louisiana Maneuvers & Military Museum tells the story of the massive army maneuvers that prepared the United States for World War II and was centered on several army camps in the Pineville area.

Built as a replica WWII barracks, this museum houses memorabilia and artifacts from the WWII era, as well as WWI and earlier time periods. View life size military vehicles, authentic military uniforms, and historic pieces from the home front.

Admission is free. It is located at 623 G Street, Camp Beauregard.

Korean War Memorial, Kees Park, Pineville, LouisianaKorean War Memorial, Kees Park
Pineville, Louisiana

Korean War Memorial

Pineville is also the site for the Louisiana Korean War Memorial, at Kees Park. The "Freedom Is Not Free" memorial was erected and maintained by Crossroads Chapter 205 of the Korean War Veterans Association.

Mt. Olivet Chapel and Cemetery

Mt. Olivet Chapel is the oldest standing structure in Pineville. During the Civil War, the chapel was used as headquarters for the Union Army, and was therefore spared from the burning of Alexandria. The adjacent cemetery is the second oldest in the area. Many early Pineville and Alexandria pioneers and prominent citizens are buried there.

It is located at 335 Main Street in Pineville. Tours are by appointment. Phone 318.473.8787 for more information.

Gone Wild Safari

Located on Hooper Road in Pineville is Gone Wild Safari. Facilities include a petting zoo, playground, gift shop, party room, parakeet enclosure, mining company and concession stand.

A large variety of animals roam the safari, such as giraffes, bisons, zebras, llamas, big horn sheep, kankaroos and more.

Gone Wild Safari is USDA licensed and inspected to ensure the health and safety of our animals and our guests. The Safari is located at 805 Hooper Road, Pineville, La. 7136. Call 318-787-6902 for more information and opening hours.

Maryhill Renewal Center

Just northeast of Pineville is located the Maryhill Renewal Center, the site of Camp Maryhill and the famous "Star of the Sea" boat house that was housed on its lake.

Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site

Located on the Red River in downtown Pineville, the Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site includes a visitor center with exhibits on the Civil War Red River Campaign, an elevated boardwalk around the fort area, with an overlook near the Bailey's Dam site, and an open field for Civil War re-enactments. Forts Randolph & Buhlow were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visitor Center at the Forts Buhlow and Fort Randolph State Historic Site
Visitor Center at the Forts Buhlow and Fort Randolph State Historic Site (Courtesy of the Louisiana Dept of Culture, Recreation and Tourism)

The Fort Randolph & Fort Buhlow State Historic Site includes a visitor center, interpretive areas and walkways.

The site is today commemorated with interpretive signage and a scenic overlook of the Red River. Located on the Red River in downtown Pineville, the site includes a visitor center with exhibits on the Civil War Red River Campaign, an elevated boardwalk around the fort area, with an overlook near Bailey's Dam site, and an open field for Civil War re-enactments.

Forts Randolph & Buhlow were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

The historic site is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, and closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. A small entrance fee is charged. Seniors over 62 and children 12 and under are admitted free.

Phone 318-484-2390 or 1-877-677-7437. The official address is 135 Riverfront Street, Pineville, LA 71360

Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the river, then take the first right onto Main Street,then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site. - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-african-american-heritage/fort-randolph-and-fort-buhlow-state-historic-site#sthash.x7048ZjT.dpuf
Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the river, then take the first right onto Main Street,then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site. - See more at: http://www.louisianatravel.com/la-african-american-heritage/fort-randolph-and-fort-buhlow-state-historic-site#sthash.x7048ZjT.dpuf

Take I-49 into Alexandria and take Exit 85A onto 10th Street; visitors exiting from I-49 northbound will turn right onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165), while visitors exiting from I-49 southbound will turn left onto Jackson Street (Hwy. 165). Cross the Red River, then take the first right onto Main Street, then right onto Riverside Drive, which will take you to the site.

Other Attractions in the Alexandria Metro Area

Other area attractions are located in Alexandria, across the Red River from Pineville, and in surrounding nearby towns. Highlights include ..

  • Louisiana History Museum
  • Alexandria Museum of Art
  • Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
  • River Oaks Square Arts Center
  • Alexandria Zoo
  • Kent Plantation House
  • Bontemps African American Museum
  • Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery in nearby Forest Hill, LA
  • Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville
  • Oak Wing Golf Club at the former England AFB
  • Kisatchie National Forest

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