South Toledo Bend State Park
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Introduction

Located in western Louisiana on the border with Texas, South Toledo Bend State Park will give you a glimpse of some of the finest natural wonders in the South. The park offers stunning waterfront views of the scenic Toledo Bend Reservoir and a wide variety of local wildlife.

The park is famous for its bass fishing, but you’ll find plenty more to keep you and your family busy throughout your trip. Whether you want to hike, bike, or boat, there are countless ways for you to explore all that the park has to offer.

Enjoy spectacular views of the water from one of the many bluffs throughout the park.

Keep an eye out for one of the park’s most famous visitors: the bald eagle. They come to nest in the park, so you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse. Or take a walk on the park’s Nature Trail and learn more about the local wildlife.

Whether you’re staying for the day or for the week in your RV, you’ll find everything you and your family need at South Toledo Bend State Park.

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Transportation in South Toledo Bend State Park

Driving

Located on the border between Texas and Louisiana, South Toledo Bend State Park is within driving distance of multiple major cities in the southern United States.

Take I-10 out of New Orleans and you’ll reach the park in a little over four hours. If you are coming from Houston, you can reach the park is less than three hours. Take I-69 out of the city and then continue on US-190. The park can also easily be reached from Dallas. Take I-20 and then continue on state roads to arrive at the park in around four hours.

Once you’ve reached the park, getting around is easy. There are no RV restrictions, so you’ll be able to drive around easily within the park

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Campgrounds and parking in South Toledo Bend State Park

Campsites in South Toledo Bend State Park

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RV Camping at South Toledo Bend State Park

There are 55 campsites available at South Toledo Bend State Park, many of which feature views of the water. All of the sites are located to the west of the gatehouse in one campground near the park’s beach. Pets are allowed at all of the campsites, although they may not be brought into any of the cabins or lodges.

There’s a wide variety of options for campsites, depending on the amenities that you require and the size of your RV or trailer. The maximum length of any trailer or RV is 100 feet, so there’s plenty of room for even the largest vehicles. All of the campsites have electrical and water hookups, and some are handicap accessible.

The campsites can be booked for a maximum of 14 consecutive days. All reservations must be made at least a day in advance, and can be made up to 13 months before your trip. It is recommended that you book well in advance, especially if you are planning on visiting during peak season, which runs from April through September. All of the campsites offered by the park can be booked in advance online or by phone.

First-come first-served

Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in South Toledo Bend State Park

In-Season

Birding

Whether you’re a pro bird watcher or just bought your first pair of binoculars, there’s plenty for you to see at South Toledo Bend State Park. Dozens of regional species populate the park, giving you another way to enjoy your hikes through the park.

The park is a nesting site for the bald eagle, so you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of one of the world’s most famous birds.

The birds you will see vary seasonally. Consider bringing a field guide that can walk you through some of the species and show you what you should look out for.

Hiking

There’s a lot more for you to do during your RV camping trip to South Toledo Bend State Park than fishing. Enjoy one of the many trails leading through the park for a panoramic view of the Toledo Bend Reservoir.

Hike up to one of the bluffs that overlook the reservoir for a view of the water. The Lakeview Hiking Trail takes you on a walk along the shores of the reservoir. It also features a boardwalk where you can fish and enjoy the park’s wildlife.

Hiking is excellent year round, but is at its best in spring and fall, when the temperature is in the perfect range.

Fishing

The Toledo Bend Reservoir is known for its competitive bass fishing, drawing in anglers from all over the country.

You don’t need to be a pro to have a good time out on the reservoir. You’ll find a variety of species, such as largemouth bass, bream, catfish, and white perch any time you take an RV visit.

Getting your boat out onto the water is easy with the two lane boat ramp. Fishing is excellent year round, although peak seasons for different fish species will vary. In general, you’ll have more luck fishing between the months of April and September.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Sometimes you just want to take things slow. If you’ve had enough of the water and trails for one day, consider a picnic near the scenic visitor center. There are multiple picnic tables, so there’s plenty of room even during peak season.

You’ll have views of the water as you eat and relax. Once you’re done, you can head inside to learn more about the local wildlife, or walk along the nature trail.

Cycling

If you are packing that bike in the rig you are in good shape at South Toledo Bend State Park. Take a spin around the park by bike to enjoy the waterfront views at a slightly faster pace. The park’s roads are open to bikes year round, so you’ll be able to enjoy a ride no matter the season.

If you want to ride in the park, you’ll have to bring your own bike, as rentals are not available. And always be aware of hikers and other vehicles, as roads are shared with both.

Touring the Visitor Center

You’ll find information on the local wildlife, as well as other activities in and around the park at the visitor center. The visitor center can also be rented out for events, so you can host get-togethers or barbecues.

Once you’ve soaked up enough information on the local wildlife, head out on the nearby 3,000-foot nature trail to get a first-hand look at some of Louisiana's natural wonders. The trail is surfaced, so it is accessible to just about anyone.

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