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With year-round hunting, fishing, golf and countless other opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is easy to see why Louisiana's nickname is "Sportsman's Paradise.” Sure, that’s a lot to live up to. But with thousands of hiking and biking trails, beautiful State Parks, and one of the largest game preserves in the United States, Louisiana is the ultimate playground for all outdoorsmen. Our vast expanse of coastal wetlands and countless birding trails make our state a habitat for many rare and endangered species and a natural paradise for bird watchers as well. Come step into the wild outdoors of Louisiana.
On the Texas border and to the west of Lake Charles, rests the quaint city of Vinton, an area which was once traveled by civil war soldiers. The soldiers cut a road extending from an area in Vinton known as "Niblett's Bluff" on the Sabine River. The Civil War activities that took place in Vinton have sparked quite an interest with area residents who hold re-enactments of battles often at Niblett’s Bluff Park. At the park, there are mini-cabins, RV sites, several pavilions, a playground and boat launch. Vinton also has a glamorous side with the Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel boasting quarter horse racing, headlining entertainers, casino gaming and fine dining. You can also hear local talent and smaller acts in the Gator Lounge at Delta Downs. Delta Downs is easy to find traveling Interstate 10, and the luxurious surroundings of the hotel make for a great stay.