The Sunflower Trail & Festival

Splash Pads

Local Nature Trails & Wildlife Refuges


The Sunflower Trail & Festival

Oh summertime, long days, short nights, warm weather, pool time, ice cream, road trips, and sunny days. One sunny, sunflower day particularly comes to mind. This June, take a short road trip just north of Shreveport to see the Sunflower Trail and Festival. Head north on the Old Dixie-Shreveport Road until you  reach a little town called Gilliam, Louisiana. You will be amazed to see thousands and thousands of sunflowers in bloom, turning the landscape into something  out of an unforgettable dream. The 23rd Annual Sunflower Festival will be held on June 18th from 9 am to 3 pm.

Splash Pads

There is so much to look forward to in summer! Splash pads are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Young toddlers can explore the spouts and sprays, while big kids can drench themselves with dumping water buckets. These fun fountains are just about a guaranteed way for the little ones to have fun. Some of these locations are even fenced in to contain your littlest runners. So splash around, cool off, and enjoy the summer sun!

Here are a few local splash pads to check out in the SBC area:

• A.C. Steere Park – 4009 Youree Dr, Shreveport, LA

• North Bossier Park – 4307 Old Brownlee Rd, Bossier City, LA

• Joe Delaney Memorial Park – 451 N Hazel St, Haughton, LA

Local Nature Trails & Wildlife Refuges

Get outside and explore the raw beauty that the SBC area offers! Whether you’re a seasoned outdoorsman or new to exploring nature’s pathways, there are many beautiful natural areas in Northwest Louisiana to see. Blue herons, white-tailed deer, and several species of hawks and owls are common in our area. Numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, and insects like the Black Swallowtail Butterfly are also common. From the Red River to the cypress tree-filled lakes to the Kisatchie National Forest, there’s a lot to love about our local wilderness. Here are a few places you may want to check out:

• Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge – Monroe, LA

• Black Bayou Reservoir – Benton, LA

• Bodcau Wildlife Management Area – Benton, LA

• Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge – Karnack, TX

• Caney Lakes – Minden, LA

• Cross Lake – Shreveport, LA

• Cypress Bayou Reservoir – Benton, LA

• D’Arbonne National Wildlife Refuge – Farmerville, LA

• Lake Bistineau State Park – Doyline, LA

• Red River National Wildlife Refuge – Bossier City, LA

• Teague Parkway Recreation Area – Bossier City, LA

• Walter B Jacobs Memorial Nature Park – Shreveport, LA