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I went in September it was dry and had only sparse bugs. It was a nice stroll but I cant wait to come back with my bike. if your looking for a real connection with nature though you might walk away disappointed because of all the garbage, the oil pipeline warning signs and noise from the nearby airport. Next time I'll probably go back with a garbage bag to help clear out some of the plastic bottles ect. please take your trash with you.

backpacking
1 day ago

Only hiked a couple of miles in from the CD trailhead. Was pretty brushy, but the trail was evident and it was marked well. Was worried I wouldnt find a good place to set up camp, but found the perfect cleared spot before the sun set. Saw 2 deer on the way back.

Completed the trail yesterday with Troop 312. Big elevation changes make it a welcome contrast to our home topography in LaPlace. Made the loop in just under 3 hours with a lunch stop. The creeks were mostly dry, so we didn’t get to observe the waterfall. Beautiful day otherwise.

The road for the trails was closed. We were able to see the historic area but we drove an hour for wildflowers and couldnt access the trails.

Well maintained trail with plenty to see. Two Butte formations and a little waterfall are the highlights of this trail.

Beautiful gardens!

hiking
1 month ago

Watch for spider webs for the first half . There are gators to the left at the very end of the trail loop. Look for a road and a pier that walks you out to a small lake. They swam up to us from a pier expecting snacks. Saw one dead snake. No elevation changes. The trail is kept up.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice easy trail for running. A few roots you need to watch for. Most of the trail is hard packed sand when dry. A few areas with grass but pretty short. Hiker reported snake on trail but I didn’t see any.

VERY buggy (skeeters) and muddy, with little change in either scenery or elevation. Was happy to check it out since it’s so close to New Orleans but probably won’t return. Only saw two mountain bikers so that wasn’t an issue at all.

backpacking
1 month ago

Love this 24 mile National Recreational Trail located in the Kisatchie National Forest. Cold clear spring creeks for water sources. Has some challenging hilly sections. Know as a great shakedown trail before you go on other hikes, I think it’s great for enjoying the awesomeness of his Central Louisiana forest.

it was a easy trail. enjoyed it very much.

hiking
1 month ago

This is my first time to this site and first review. A friend of mine posted the other day on Facebook that she was on the hiking trail...something I hadn't thought about in years. I actually built it in the summer of 1999 as a 21 year old college intern. The nature trail was already there. It was a miserable task and I questioned my sanity multiple times (especially after finding ticks on my leg, swamping a four wheeler, and getting lost). There was no gps to go by then, just a measuring wheel, compass, machete, and flagging tape. After running into an impenetrable stand of kudzu, we decided the only way to do this was with heavy equipment. So for the rest of the summer I squeezed behind an operator in a cherry picker and we plowed our way through until two loops were made, complete with a path to area 3 and a path to Cane Bayou. Then it was bush hogged and cleared. I'm so glad that something I did then as a kid - part of a project that was though of on the fly - has brought so many people enjoyment. Hope you enjoy the pics.

My daughter and I walked the trail today and had a great time. It was a little muddy and over grown in places but not a problem. With a bad knee, I wish that the stairs had hand rails. Most of the trail is paved. Some beautiful views and overlooks plus a small waterfall. As a bonus, there are an excellent picnic area and facilities at the trail head.

A group of us GOATS ran distances of 4-11 miles with a couple of them still running the last we saw them.

backpacking
2 months ago

This trail was surprisingly diverse in scenery and quite a challenge. I hiked the whole trail with my friend to the Kisatchie Bayou Campground and hiked back out the next morning. The latter half of the trail is more hilly and rocky than the beginning. We hiked through pine flatlands, mixed hardwood forests, loess deposits and rocky creek beds. Seeing rocks and boulders in Louisiana is really neat. We saw two deer and two boars along the trail and no people. The trail is well blazed but overgrown with tall grass and in need of some maintenance. Beware of the loess deposits sticking to your boots! It’s like cement! This trail is a great hiking or backpacking option in Louisiana.

hiking
2 months ago

Very chill trail to unwind. I started at the Valentine Lake rec area and went to the 20 mile marker just past the intersection of Castor Plunge Rd and 212. Mile markers 6-9 have some sweet creeks and so do Mile markers 15-17. Well marked and well traveled so you can go miles without even using the yellow diamonds posted on the trees. Make sure to grab a spider web stick so you aren't getting a face full of Golden Orb Weavers haha. Not the prettiest or most exciting but very relaxing and worth the great workout once or twice. I've done 24 miles (markers 1-12 and back) one time and 20 miles (markers 11-20.5) another time. I've about had my fill of the trail but it would be better with friends of course! My 3L CamelBak lasted about 20 miles in the early August morning because the shade made it a bit cooler. A few good creeks to get water from with my LifeStraw too.
+Bugs didnt bother me too bad and it never got super muddy.
-Low lying veg gets scratchy, narrow in some areas to allow spider webs
I recommend listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on Audible when you do this hike. It was relaxing and a bit enlightening.
Hiked in August 2018

Narrow road to the site. No signs along the way. First part of the hike was in the creek bottom. Feet will get wet. No waterfall.

Did this trail in June of 2016, beautiful scenery, but fair warning!!!! me and a friend started at lake valentine as the sun was coming up and finished at woodworth around 330pm. NOTICE: the trail is advertised at 23.9 miles, on the website it says 26.2 miles, we brought water for 27 miles and were going to run down (refill water in woodworth) and back for a total of 54 ish miles. We both had GPS trackers and needless to say we ran out of water at 27 miles.... the total length of trail is 36.4 miles!!!! NOT including the 5.4 miles loop around lake valentine. Luckily we’re both military and were able to push through. Just a warning, granted I know most people don’t try to run the whole length.

watch out for numerous and big scary spiders! very pretty trail but if you have a fear of spiders, forget it!

Great trail. We took our family and had a great time exploring. Lots of stairs and rocks to climb! Paved most of the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail during the winter months. I went on January 10th, and it was a great day for hiking. No bugs, no other hikers, trail itself is clearly marked with blazes and junction/waypoint signs. Only 1 'steep' hill, with the wet leaves and clay soil it was pretty slippery and ended up sliding down on my butt for about 20-30ft. Northern Louisiana geography is much nicer than southern Louisiana. No swampy/marshy areas, at least during this time of the year. Probably wouldn't hike this during the summer months as it would be miserably hot and the bugs would eat you alive, just my guess. YMMV.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy, all flat trail. If it has rained recently expect some puddles to navigate around but nothing major. During the summer months the trail receives little to no breeze so if it's 90+ out expect the trail to be 100+ and very humid. We find this is a better trail to walk during the winter months.

You can walk or drive through the various spots that teach you the history of Avery island. super pretty !

Gorgeous hike! Will definitely visit again during later fall and winter. I saw 2 black widows during our hike which made me a little wigged out because we are stoping with our dog to have water and they were not happy with us being in their territory. Always stay alert especially if you’re hiking this one in the hot, humid months.

follow the red dots on tree’s or else you will get lost!!

trail running
4 months ago

Nice shaded trail. Lots of small hills and switchbacks. Ran the Armadillo Dash here. It's a bit narrow for a full on race, but shade made it nice. Very dry and dusty. Pretty hot in July with no breeze. Would be a lot of fun in cooler temps.

Really enjoyed the scenery on the trail. The 1.5 mile hike was perfect for my 10 year old daughter. Great location for a family outing.

We were surprised to find terrain like this here in Louisiana! The short 1.5 mile distance made it a perfect hike to take our 10 year old daughter on.There was a rocky stream bed with lots of shade to rest under about half way down the trail. The sandstone outcrops were fun to climb on. Very beautiful, was definitely worth coming out!

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