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Explore History and Nature at Historic Forts Randolph and Buhlow

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The Fort Randolph and Fort Buhlow State Historic Site marks the location of two garrisons built on the Red River to protect Central Louisiana during the American Civil War. The site includes a visitor center, outdoor exhibits, family-friendly events and three quarter-mile walking trails in a riverfront setting.

Forts Randolph and Buhlow were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and are popular among history buffs, families and outdoor enthusiasts. The site is located near downtown Pineville across the Red River from Alexandria. The area is popular stop for families in the region searching for a quiet, attractive setting to spend an afternoon.

Visitors can walk along three different trails, including two on an elevated boardwalk encircling the fort area that overlook the Bailey’s Dam site. The state park also features “campfire cooking” demonstrations that use ingredients grown in an onsite vegetable garden, historic talks about life in Central Louisiana, nature walks and other events. In addition, the quiet setting and diverse foliage make it a popular destination among birders and naturalists.

Photo Credit: Alexandria Pineville Convention Visitors Bureau