True, on a map Fort Polk might appear to be in the middle of nowhere – and once the area was actually known as No Man’s Land – but let me set your mind at ease. You can find almost anything you might be interested in doing within an easy drive from Fort Polk.

For today, let’s start with a little information about Vernon Parish, where Fort Polk is located. We’ll explore the broader area in later posts.

In Leesville you’ll find shopping; restaurants; art galleries and classes; yoga groups, spas and gyms; a farmer’s market; coffee and tea shops; a movie theater, bowling alley and skating rink; VFW and American Legion halls; bingo and video gaming; dirt track racing and more.

Outdoor activities are abundant.

There are plenty of lakes and forests to explore just outside your door, with trails for hiking or riding; hunting, fishing or boating; picnic areas and nature observatories, etc.… If you really hate the heat, there are several scenic by-ways in the parish where you can enjoy an air-conditioned drive from the comfort of your own car while you explore the area.

Besides the usual on-post MWR activities for your children, our communities have youth soccer, baseball, softball, basketball, football and track organizations, as well as classes for dance, tumbling and martial arts.

There are lots of events throughout the year – and admission is free or minimal for most of them! We’ll have more on them later, but we do hope you’ll join us – we’d love to meet you!

What sort of events would you be interested in attending? Let us know in the comments below…