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Not fun at all. The trail is not used often so it is a maze of brush and hidden spider webs. Went in about 0.25 miles and decided to turn around when reaching the fifth spider web infested obstacle that completely blocked the trail. Wish I had seen previous reviews prior to arriving to the park.

walking
2 months ago

Short nice walk. Some turtles, a couple of squirrels and some birds. Did not see any alligators.

walking
2 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.

We did this in combination with the Palmetto trail. Fun walk through the swamp and marsh. Very hot and humid. Lots of bugs, spiders, a snake, and several alligators along the trail.

Amazing walk through the swamp and marsh. We saw lots of big grasshoppers, spiders, a snake and probably 5 alligators. One was a pretty big one just off the boardwalk. Hot and humid!! but worth it.

hiking
2 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.

Who says swamps aren't beautiful?! a critter filled hike (lizards, dragonflies, some sort of mammal that might have been a muskrat or an otter, giant grasshoppers, spiders.) We did not see a gator in the marsh overlook, but we sure as heck saw one chilling in the middle of the trail on our way back, about 20 feet ahead of us. when it heard us coming it slowly stood up and sauntered into the woods. Wear bugspray and be loud if you see a gator in the trail.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail Can be hiked as a lollipop with a short stick rather than a simple out-n-back. I hiked this trail heading straight out towards the bunkers and back along the Donner Canal. Coming back the trail is seriously overgrown - did not look like it had been used in many days (for that matter, I did not see a single other hiker anywhere on this Father's Day Sunday afternoon). The trail maps posted alongside the trail by the Conservancy Foundation (bless them though for keeping this site open at all!) are inaccurate, especially as to the piece along the Donner Canal which is not at all a straight line like they depict and also they don't show you get easily get there from the bunkers. If hiking that piece, wear long pants - you could run into a snake in the high growth as I in fact did - a copper-colored one and I did not stick around to find out what kind. Other than that, saw one bunny wabbit, a salamander, two birds (one bright-red) and one squirrel which made me think to my 22 Cal. The hike out & back to the bunkers (creepy!) as shown on AT would be easy and is pretty most of the way, but the way back paralleling the canal was kind of tough and frankly not worth the effort scenically - I kept thinking it would be nice to get off the trail and up to the levee which was occasionally visible. Either way though, a worthwhile hike for its isolation, considering you are less than 1/2 hour drive from downtown NOLA.

Note the visitor’s center isn’t open Monday or Tuesday, but you still have access to trails, maps (if needed), restrooms and water. Easy trail/ well maintained boardwalk. Take lots of water (the humidity is unbelievable). We were able to see several alligators and birds. Beautiful flora/fauna. More of a walk/stroll than an actual hike.

Easy stroll through the Bayou. We saw six alligators including a large one swimming near the Marsh Overlook. Definitely worth the trip down from NOLA.

The entire trail is a wooden walkway through a swamp, so it felt pretty immersive. The weather wasn’t too hot, so bugs weren’t a problem. I saw several snakes —too many to count actually, great big frogs, and two 6-7 foot alligators. One was a bit too close for comfort and surprised the heck out of me. I wouldn’t take any small
children on this trail. I also managed to get sunburned despite SPF 50, a hat, and the trail being nicely shaded.

walking
6 months ago

Started from the Visitor Center (currently open Wed - Sun) and took the Palmetto Trail to the Bayou Coquille / Marsh Overlook Trail. The giant blue irises were in bloom! Saw several snakes, many small anoles, a turtle, and an alligator. The alligator was along the Kenta Canal on the Marsh Overlook portion of the trail. The total distance out to the overlook & back was about 4 miles.

This is a beautiful boardwalk trail for those who enjoy scenic walks and nature. Great for people of all ages. Trail is next to the museum and there is plenty of paved parking available. The trail is moderately walked and is a little known treasure to the locals. The trail is a couple of miles down the road from the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

Beautiful and peaceful! Several close encounters with wildlife!

hiking
7 months ago

Really cool swamp trail but a section was closed, preventing walking it as a loop, and another section was also completely flooded and impassable. I talked to a ranger that said it is actually a pond year round so unless you are prepared and geared up to wade 100-400 meters don’t be surprised if you have to turn back instead of completing it as a loop.

I did see a gator, deer, squirrels, and a couple pretty big snakes along the trail. Pretty decent wildlife viewing.

walking
7 months ago

Pretty mellow. Not very well kept. Saw some garbage and when we picked it up, the trash can was locked so we just had to set it outside. Our girls caught (and released) a little frog which was exciting to them.

Wonderful, easy trail with tons of history, flora and fauna. We saw a few gators off the trail too...so beware.

Beautiful weather for a short hike. Saw three large alligators in the two canals.

walking
8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

k so a few things they don't tell you about this trail. It is not a simple loop trail and the trail maps are crap. Know how to use a compass and give yourself plenty of time for this hike. The woods contain wild pigs and water moccasins, armadillos and cottonmouth snakes. There are also rattlesnakes that don't rattle, a learned behavior to keep from being eaten by wild pigs. I saw wild pig tracks today on the trail. it's beautiful, great bald Cypress trees, mulberry and Ash, among others. It was easy to find a good branch to use for a walking stick. Bring off! spray even if you think you won't need it. It's January and I still got eaten by mosquitoes at sunset. Best to hike with a friend especially if you're new to hiking longer trails that twist and turn and split off. The abandoned car was interesting. Bunkers were creepy and cool. Great informational signage on trees and vines, and I saw some gorgeous birds; a pelican flew down the canal not ten feet from me. Definitely worth it, just be prepared. I went two hours without seeing another person. Do not get stuck out overnight.

birding
9 months ago

this is very nice.

9 months ago

Nice short walk. I saw a pair of bald eagles, I believe they have a nest nearby.

I went in December, a tough time to see gators, but the armadillos, amazing birds, and cool vegetation made it all worth the trip!

on Bottomland Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Fairly mundane trail. Good signage, including interpretation information and trail markings. Flat and mostly straight, but better than a levee trail. Some shade. Saw dozens of armadillos, a few butterflies, and one opossum. Only one other set of hikers (and dog) on the trail.

10 months ago

Ok walk through the woods. lots of armodillos. the armory was all right. it was easy enough to pack our 9 month old w us in a cheap carrier. meh

11 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Great place to train your soon-to-be skilled adventure cat! It's also a good one to get away from the city for awhile.

Gps took me into a government facility but it's actually the street pass the one it tells you to turn into. There's a big sign that says 'Woodlands Trail.'

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

First time here. Has walking and horse trail. The walking trail is about 20 feet wide and 95%of all brush cut down, yet this trail is nice as it's 80% shaded from above. It runs parallel to a creek that feeds into the Mississippi River. Even though it rained past week, only a few muddy spots, but can walk around them. At the end of the 2 mile trail is the WWII ammunition depot/bunkers. Thankfully they have not been vandalized. We came across an armadillo, and saw numerous deer and raccoon tracks.

birding
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Love this place. Great for birding.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Didn't see as much wildlife as I thought there'd be. But it was great seeing tons of butterflies!

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