Explore the most popular trails in Acadiana Park Nature Station with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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flooded
muddy
6 days ago

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muddy
1 month ago

not a soul. beautiful as always

hiking
1 month ago

trail is relatively bug free at the moment and the cc marathon is on saturday

mountain biking
4 months ago

We did the trails on the South side of the canal parking next to the tennis courts where the trailhead was located. This was obviously a mountain bike trail with a pretty smooth riding surface consisting of berms, jumps, and some downhill-type stuff. It is a fun trail to build some skills and easy to circle back around to retry jumps and other obstacles. Never really had a problem with spiders here; I think enough people use the trail to justify its upkeep. This side was fun, but I will have to check out the North side some day.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

Super easy trail, but oh the mosquitoes! They laugh at deet!

hiking
8 months ago

It’s definitely time for bug spray. Mosquitoes and horse flies galore.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice maintained trail with a few muddy areas, no snakes today which is good. You’re in the woods most of the time until you walk along the river. Bugs were not to bad yet.

hiking
9 months ago

Hidden gym within Lafayette. Way nicer than I anticipated. We had the trail to ourselves… Didn’t see anyone else for 2 1/2 hours. Didn’t see any snakes

hiking
bridge out
10 months ago

Really cool place for hiking. The bike trails can be hiked in reverse which is a bonus. Probably 10+ miles worth of trails throughout the area

hiking
Wed Jun 13 2018

I like to use this trail as "training" its perfect 5 miles thats good for breaking in new boots, trying new gear, or stretching your legs to prepare for a bigger or longer trail. Good for kids too just bring a stick to hold out infant of you to knock down spider webs and watch for snakes.

running
Wed May 02 2018

Very pretty trail. with the usual bayou country inconveniences...namely spider webs everywhere. The good news is that of the 25 or so snake varieties in Louisiana, only 6 are commonly found in the park. But nothing is free in this world - they're the 6 most venomous! The map here does not reflect all the trails south of the canal, nor the fun boardwalk, but they'll be the first things you see. Watch for snakes (ref: above) as they are there. I saw a big cottonmouth just off the Palmetto Loop. You will also see lilies, palmettos and incredible live oaks...Enough to make you sad human society is expanding. Some paths run by the canal. I didn't see any gators, but it's not the one you see that gets you. Be careful and have fun! :)

Sun Feb 25 2018

It’s a very easy hike It’s walk in a park kinda thing

hiking
Mon Dec 11 2017

Great place to spend a morning. Enjoy a nice walk in the woods, canoeing in the vermillion, experience the nature station

hiking
Sun May 07 2017

Cool trail but a little overgrown and buggy.

running
Tue Mar 14 2017

I run here pretty often. My favorite time of the day to run trail is in the afternoon. The position of the sun makes the trail beautiful. I've ran the trail in the morning and it was purdy scary, snakes were everywhere especially on the vermilion ridge. Then about every 20 yards I was running through a a massive spider web (my kung fu is strong). Its a fun trail that does have some small up and downs. For more distance you can just do laps the trail doesn't get boring.

Wed Jan 11 2017

Good mountain biking trails.

hiking
Fri Dec 30 2016

This is a great place to hike with young kids, Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts. Lots of boardwalk trails. The nature station is great for the kids to see lots of things up close. Great staff that is knowledgeable about the area.

hiking
Sun Oct 09 2016

fun family trail especially for little ones

hiking
Mon May 30 2016

It was okay for Louisiana. Mosquitos was AWFUL! Had to leave. Nothing fantastic, just an outing....

hiking
Thu Jan 28 2016

I like hiking these trails because they're so close to town and easy to get to. We like to make the hike longer so we start at the front entrance, walk to the Nature Station, hike down the boardwalk to the back coulee, follow the coulee to Shadow Bluff drive, walk a short distance on the road to cross the coulee, then hike the new back trail loop.

walking
Thu Dec 24 2015

Sweet little trail on the edge of town, close enough to get there after work for a quick walk in a natural setting before dark. The Nature Center is a beautiful building that blends in quite well to its surroundings.

Wed Dec 02 2015

It's a good day hike if you live in the Lafayette area, they have some beautiful trees including a massive oak out on the main trail.

hiking
Mon Feb 16 2015

The trails at Acadiana Park are pretty nice. They have the old one by the Nature Station, a newer hiking trail off of Shadow Bluff Dr., and Mountain Bike trails near the tennis courts.

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