"Venture into Vernon Parish, the heart of West Central Louisiana! Vernon Parish, where the landscape consists of gently rolling hills, forested with long-leaf pines and cut by creeks and bayous that flow from the woods into picturesque reservoirs and lakes! Vernon Parish is located in the heart of the old Neutral Strip, created when both Spain and the U.S. claimed this part of Louisiana. The history of the area is rich in folklore and looks back on a time when it was a part of the Western Frontier of the United States. Vernon Parish is the home of Fort Polk and the Joint Readiness Training Command. It has a great deal to offer outdoors enthusiasts of all kinds, from birders to fishermen, campers to hikers, history buffs to museum wanderers."
- From www.louisianatravel.com