Wild Azalea Trail is a 19.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodworth, LA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Hiked this trail in mid April. Very well marked. You can see one blaze from the other. Trail is well maintained. Saw a couple of other people, but not many. Hiked 13 miles the first day and camped then finished it up. The first half of the trail is pretty easy. The middle has a few ups and downs. And the finish is not that bad.
This is the first trail I hiked in quite a few years. It was very enjoyable, not too difficult for a 52 year old flatlander. We saw several wild horses. I posted some pictures of these. The flora was impressive. Beautiful hardwoods, pines, and cypress trees. The wild azaleas were also in bloom. My GPS recorded the trail at 25.9 miles.
My wife, two teenagers, two dogs, and I did the trail last month for Spring break. Three days, but we didn't make the full 48 mile out and back from Woodworth. The trail is gorgeous, with nice views even through woodlands. There are plenty of spots to camp off the trail, and plentiful water except for the first 5 or so miles out of Woodworth. Beautiful wild flowers, and we even saw a large herd of feral pigs! No mosquitos to speak of but we did have to frequently check for ticks, especially with the dogs. All in all a really great and not-too-demanding backpacking trail
Just finished a 32 mile hike on this trail.This is the first time I visited this trail and I was very impressed on how well the the trail is maintained. The trail was highly visible with well placed, yellow, diamond shaped markers that are also reflective for night hikes. The trail heads were equipped with a map center with plenty of maps and info for both experience and new hikers. Last but not least, the bathrooms were clean and had plenty of T.P. A big thanks to all that take a part in keeping this trail beautiful. great job, i will definitely be back.
Good for mileage. Not difficult at all. Peaceful and good water sources. Did the in and out (48mi) in 2 days. Camping was great. Lots of firewood available.
WAT is a fantastic trail system. The trail is marked every half mile starting at Valentine Lake Day Use Recreation Area. Park there and follow the blue diamonds to the yellow diamonds. There is about a mile and a half to get to the WAT but well worth it because if gives you a great view of the small Valentine Lake. WAY has nice rolling hills. This is GREAT trail for running and mountain biking. Camping is allowed all along the trail. This is one of Louisiana's hidden gems.
Extremely well maintained trail with plenty of flowing creeks so no worries about packing your water in. The terrain here is very moderate but you'll be going up and down a lot of ridges. I'd recommend beginning your hike at the Valentine Lake Recreation. Much easier to find and you can park right at the trail head. Overall and awesome trail for beginners or seasoned hikers, just go before it gets too hot during the summer.
Was a great trail, but to have to attend to the marks. Hiked over two days, pretty impressive hills for Louisiana. Evidence of wild hogs nothing else. Late winter so just a few early blooms. Great experience
There's a gravel parking lot at the Woodworth trail head, so the hike through town can now be skipped. There is evidence of a brush fire from before fall of 2013, and every pine needle between the first crossing of Castor Plunge Rd (5.5 miles from the trail head) to FS277 is burned, making for a unique scenery (and campfire smell). There is no easily accessible water for the first 5 miles, after which there are numerous flowing streams. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Wild horses (and their manure) can be spotted along the trails if you're lucky, though the horses spook easily. There are campsites at Little Loving Creek (about 5 miles in) though some are in a marshy area, and the others were in the brush fire. There are other established sites, complete with rock fire rings, easily accessible water, and no pine needle ashes, about half a mile further down the trail, across 277 at Castor Creek in a hardwood forest.
Trail is very pretty with some hills and some creeks and streams to see. One part of the 24 mile stretch is in town and is about 1.5 miles long. I don't care for the in town part but the woodlands is good. I did see deer and a large turkey on the hike.
Good trail. Moderate difficulty. A few really tough hills. Marked pretty well, but if you are not familiar with the trail, pay attention! There is potential to go off trail. Numerous road crossings and parking areas at various spots along the trail. Needs some work. Lots of blowdown due to recent storms. Forestry Service is slow to clear trail sometimes.
The best part about this trail is the wild horses that I saw on more than one occasion. It has about 7 different ecosystems it goes through so you get to experience a lot in a short distance. Great for overnights or weekend trips. Surprisingly hilly for Louisiana.