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on Backbone Trail

4 days ago

5 days ago

Still trying to figure out my blister issue, but got in about a 7 mile loop. Some hiking trail, some bike trail, some horseback trail. Really enjoyed it.

This trail is very easy with a few scenic areas. This place is great for taking younger children out for a walk in the woods. It's a nice spot to take a stroll if you do any sort of hiking and it's a nice place to introduce children to the hiking lifestyle. There is a beach area on the east side of the trail next to the train tracks with a rope swing.

7 days ago

I haven't hiked this trail but I have "biked" this trail plenty times. I'm just now reading reviews about hikers mentioning a lot of mountain bikers. In the Baton Rouge area this is known as a mountain biker's trial more than a hiker's trail. It's very well maintained by the group BRAMBA (Baton Rouge Area Mountain Bike Assoc.) that uses this trail system for biking, they even have races on it.
I would suggest if you plan to hike this trail system you keep that in mind.

8 days ago

Great trip. We did the loop backwards over thanksgiving. Nice and cold nights and cool days! Staying at campsite 6 the first night, then 5, and finally 2 to wrap up a 3 nighter.

The lake was drained while we were there but Water is available at the RV campgrounds and the southern trail head.

Bonus... The northern RV camp ground has great showers for a clean ride home.

8 days ago

Great for a day-hike! The first part of the trail follows an old road bed and then takes a sharp right into the woods. You drop down pretty fast into a creek bed that was dry in November. Lots of debris makes getting through this section slow going. Watch for the orange arrow as the trail turns back into the woods. After a good climb you stay fairly level for the rest of the trail. I would rate this trail as moderate due to a few steep descents that may give some hikers trouble.

9 days ago

I saw a 12 foot gator!!!!

18 days ago

Hiked the Red Trail loop that measured 8 miles total. Good variety of terrain. Consider this a moderate skill level. Several areas had not been trekked in awhile; had to focus to stay on the trail. Beautiful scenery and view of the lake.

18 days ago

Going back to finish what a blister cut short. Really liked the trail.

Wild pigs keep your distance.

Went to ride on 11/4/2016 to see a sign stating the following :
( church not responsible for trail closure property owners are. Meetings about to happen ).

Other than the short board walk, the rocky road is quite boring

Nice walk or ride when it's not so hot.

Good hike at the end of October. Did 7+ miles. Forgot my spray but did not have trouble with bugs.

best Louisiana swamp trail I've been on ! saw 3 gators but heard like 4 baby gators. definitely pack bugs spray. skinny walkway and bees everywhere but absolutely beautiful.

1st time on this trail. Easy hike carrying a 30 lb pack just to up the work load. Clearly marked. Pretty views. Lots of shade.

Not an 8 mile trail. Wasn't that great.