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Love this trail. A Mountain bike trail very well kept and / but much travelled. Be aware of the mountain bikers and travel the trail in reverse like they suggest.
Scenery is great and overlooks the River at one point.

hiking
2 days ago

My husband and I had great runs on this trail! We run separately due to speed differences and both got off trail and turned around in different spots. I would like to see more trail markers for newbies like myself but getting turned around just adds to the experience. We live close, we will revisit this trail many times! This trail is not stroller friendly but is kid friendly.

My go to trail. It’s 19 miles. I like campsite 1 &3.

live not for i hike at least once a week when weather is nice I see deer squirrels pigs read fox and if you lucky you may see and otter lot of ducks in the winter when you get next to the lake

awesome trail for hiking or offroad

hiking
15 days ago

Trails overgrown. Not much to see. If you are just looking for a bike trail. This is probably better for such. Not that it was terrible, but not worth the gas to get out here.

15 days ago

Moderate trail some difficulty, had fun ,enjoyable .

hiking
25 days ago

Easy trail really but not well maintained which makes it a little overgrown. The bridge crossing the river is washed out. Watch out for spider webs all over the trail as it is overgrown and closed in. It is muddy especially after a rain.

backpacking
29 days ago

First cool day of fall. Great hike after such a hot summer. The trail was a bit overgrown, a little tight in a spot or two, from summer growth, but no big problems. Camped at an overlook of Bayou Cypre...had a great sunrise.

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.

Great spot but bring the bug spray! Trails are clearly marked and well-maintained. I was told a good time to visit is in April when the flowers are in bloom.

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.

Great place !! Fun trails .. Beach trail is a plus!! Kid friendly !!

mountain biking
1 month ago

I live local to the track. Has plenty for all kinds of riders. Plenty trails and pretty well kept up. Recommend over most trails in Louisiana!!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Didn’t care for it.

It’s a great hike/workout! Please do respect the bikes, if you hear them coming towards you, step out of the way!! Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained, nice trail.

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve hiked and bike here many times. Excellent for Louisiana! Close to BR. Recommended for a local hike and/or challenging single track mountain biking.

Abandoned.

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

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

well maintained single track. no problems with spider webs or biting bugs (used 25% deet).
Signs directed me to run opposite direction which made getting out of the way of mountain bikers easy.
the trail can be a little confusing at times with lots of little cut in trails feeding in and out to the main trail. i stayed pretty true but got turned around a few timed. i was quickly able to get back on track.
will try and run again soon.

Trail looks like it hasn’t been touched in 5 months.

awesome Trail

Trail is 19 miles. I did the entire loop, camped at #6 overnight. Great place, not too many hikers, but this is August in South Louisiana. Deer flies were the worst.
Saw a bunch of Armadillos this time and a cool looking snake, but not much else. Two weeks ago I saw 2 sets of deer, a raccoon and a snake. There are also squirrels every time if you look.
This is a great place, I just wish they had more than 6 camp sites. I also bring all my water. I don't think I'd filter that lake water unless I was dying.

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.

walking
3 months ago

Good easy trail to follow. Lots of sand flies near the bunkers, repellant would have been nice. Lots of things to see along the trail, birds, raccoons, grasshoppers, flies, mosquitos, a couple of squirrels, a rabbit and some big nasty looking spiders (not dangerous to people, although would not like to play with them). Heard some bigger animals in the wilderness, but did not get a glance of them.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked trail in about 3 hours. Wasn't marked well at all. Loved hearing the chimes and monkeys, I think that was the highlights of the trail. Clocked 9.06 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

Go when it hasn't rained for a few days. Well marked trail going thru old growth cypress trees that lead to a WW II ammo bunker. Feral hogs are in the area.

Great trail. Lots of shade. Lots of Banana Spiders. Bring a stick for some of the cobwebs. The occupied webs are easy to avoid. It rained a few times but the tree canopy kept us dry.

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