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Leesville, LA
Travel Guide

The small-town ambiance of this Louisiana city is a perfect complement to the state’s superb forests, parks and wildlife areas. 

Leesville is a fun stopover on the way to Louisiana’s natural riches. Although it is officially a city, the friendliness of its residents and strong community spirit make it feel like a countryside village. Stroll through the serene downtown district, play golf at scenic courses and visit beautiful state parks. Founded in 1871, Leesville is the seat of Vernon Parish, often billed as the Gateway to Louisiana.

Historic Main Street cuts through the heart of downtown and offers an insight into city life. Spot notable landmarks such as the Spanish Revival-style First United Methodist Church and the Queen Anne-style Booker-Lewis House. The Museum of West Louisiana displays archaeological objects, paintings, period furniture pieces and railroad artifacts. Pay your respects to local soldiers at Vernon Parish Veteran’s Plaza.

Poke around boutiques and galleries, including an artists’ cooperative called Gallery One Ellleven. South Fifth Street is lined with restaurants from bakeries and coffeehouses to steakhouses, seafood restaurants and sushi bars. Just a 5-minute drive north of downtown is Leesville City Park, home to Leesville Municipal Golf Course.

On the eastern outskirts of town find opportunities for birdwatching, fishing and hunting in Fort Polk Wildlife Management Area. Nearby is Fort Polk South, where the Fort Polk Military Museum has exhibits on the town’s military history. Southwest of the city visit Clear Creek Wildlife Management Area, a popular location for camping and hiking.

Travel north to the Louisiana-Texas border to find recreational areas along the banks of the Sabine River. Cypress Bend Park and South Toledo Bend State Park have beaches, boat launches, campgrounds and picnic sites. Hodges Gardens State Park features an arboretum, botanical garden, boating lake and walking trails.

Leesville is a 4-hour drive from New Orleans and a 3-hour drive from Houston. It’s a good idea to rent a car and have the freedom to travel at your own pace. Come in May for the family-friendly MayFest, which won the 2012 Louey Award for Festival of the Year.

Top Hotels in Leesville

OYO Hotel DeRidder Hwy 171 North
OYO Hotel DeRidder Hwy 171 North
2 out of 5
1213 N Pine Street, DeRidder, LA
The price is $79 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Situated in DeRidder, this motel is within 2 mi (3 km) of West Park, Beauregard Parish Jail, and Beauregard Parish Museum. Bundick Lake and Fort Polk Military ...

3/5 (67 reviews)

"It was a nice place to stay. The staff was friendly."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

OYO Hotel DeRidder Hwy 171 North
SureStay Hotel By Best Western Leesville
SureStay Hotel By Best Western Leesville
2.5 out of 5
1200 N 6th Street, Leesville, LA
The price is $96 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated in Leesville, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vernon Parish Veteran's Plaza and Leesville Municipal Golf Course. Museum of West Louisiana is 1.4 ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (139 reviews)

"It was really good thank you."…"

Reviewed on Nov 21, 2020

SureStay Hotel By Best Western Leesville
Comfort Suites Leesville
Comfort Suites Leesville
2.5 out of 5
11498 Lake Charles Hwy, Leesville, LA
The price is $115 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in the heart of Leesville, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Museum of West Louisiana, Vernon Parish Veteran's Plaza, and Northwestern State University ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (137 reviews)

"Property and rooms were really clean. Staff was wonderful."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Comfort Suites Leesville
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Leesville

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE APARTMENT -HISTORIC DISTRICT(APT B)
THE CARRIAGE HOUSE APARTMENT -HISTORIC DISTRICT(APT B)
DeRidder, LA

Located in the heart of DeRidder, this historic apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Beauregard Parish Jail and Beauregard Parish Museum. West Park ...

4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
In need of a place to stay for barrel race.

"Very nice place. The owner was very accommodating."…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

THE CARRIAGE HOUSE APARTMENT -HISTORIC DISTRICT(APT B)
Best place in the area
Best place in the area
DeRidder, LA

Situated in DeRidder, this vacation home is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from West Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Beauregard Parish Jail and Beauregard Parish Museum. Fort ...

4/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
Review

"Property was clean, Our cell service was non-existent, which isn't the fault of property owner. We had T-Mobile couldn't communicate with others there for a wedding. Property needs more bath towels, etc."…"

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Best place in the area
Red Shoes RV Park
Red Shoes RV Park
2 out of 5
777 Coushatta Drive, Kinder, LA
The price is $99 per night from Mar 2 to Mar 3

Situated in Kinder, this campground is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Coushatta Casino and within 6 mi (10 km) of St. Philip Neri Catholic Church and Allen Parish Community ...

4.2/5Very Good! (37 reviews)

"I like having the security 24/7. The fold out beds are terrible. Very uncomfortable. No linen, no utensils , I liked the location. Shuttle service is available. Park was clean. Main complaint is the second bed,,,,terrible. Nice staff. Internet service wouldn't work and that's a biggie for me."…"

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020

Red Shoes RV Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Reviews of Leesville

3.6

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5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 15.09433962264151%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 39.62264150943396%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 37.735849056603776%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 3.7735849056603774%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 3.7735849056603774%

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 14, 2019

Hotel was clean. Room was very nice and the staff was very friendly. Breakfast was good and the lady working that area was very nice and helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 13, 2019

The GM of this property is awesome! Very friendly and accommodating. Anything we needed help with he was there to help. Excellent customer service ! 200%

3/5 - Okay

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Jun 30, 2019

Leesville is a small town, home town kind of place. Lots of family owned businesses.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveler

Apr 27, 2019

Leesville is a town that has suffered from a downturn in their economy due to the military downsizing of Ft. Polk over the years.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2019

Ate at mudd bugs. Crayfish was excellent and staff were helpful in teaching us how to eat those critters. Fun.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2018

Don’t care for the town much.

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