Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Kisatchie National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

mountain biking
fee
over grown
3 days ago

Great trail, but the first .5 was pretty overgrown. Several of the bridge/boardwalks throughout were destroyed/damaged as well. They were not needed today but may be necessary during wetter seasons. I would suggest bypassing the first .75 and starting at the Upper Caney Lake boat ramp if you’re simply here for the lake loop. I strung the Sugar Cane + Lost Woman + Orange trails together for a more challenging ride. Might I add that the Orange trail signs provide fair warning for what’s to come. Overall a very quiet ride. I’ll be back for sure.

hiking
12 days ago

Quick out and back.

hiking
muddy
rocky
13 days ago

I take this trail in order to get to the backbone trail, it ties into the backbone at a “tee” near a place I call the oak cluster. At the start, it can be a bit muddy even if there has been no rain for a while, the trail sort of acts as a drainage in the beginning so it’s always a little soft. This is also a popular trial for horseback riders, so if you get unlucky and hike behind them be prepared for horse ruts and tons of horse shit. This trail catches a lot of flak from hikers but I think it’s one of the cooler short trails in the wilderness area. After about the first 1/4 mile, there’s a side trail on your right, if you take it, it will bring you wrapping around some of the best vistas in the area, as well as some fire rings if you want to take a short hike to camp. Wildlife is watching is good on this trail in the early hours, I’ve seen bucks, does, pigs, and a legit tarantula once. This is a great little trail and if you take this one and hike it until it turns into the backbone trail, you’ll be about 45 mins from the best camping spots and coolest vista on the backbone. With it being one of the shorter wilderness trails a lot of people use it, so help us keep Louisiana’s most unique landscape clean and free of litter. Pack it in, pack it out.

Great trail. Heavily wooded and has nice climbs. Has restroom and a nice picnic area with plenty of grills. Excellent day trip! Will do it again.

Fantastic over night trial. I didn't finish all of it as a novice, but it's be totally doable for someone in shape.

Everyone go on this trail so the spider's will stop building their webs in the middle of it! Ran into countless spider webs. Big spiders. WORTH IT- such a beautiful hike. Great up and down terrain for Louisiana! Disclaimer: In the review photos there is a rock mountain with a lake. This was the main reason I went on this hike and I unfortunately found no such thing! Twas still a great journey. The small "boulder" field in the photos is on the trail! Towards the beginning and is super cool. They were a wee bit too short to climb. The 2 miles on the highway at the end was not the best ending, but it was still beautiful with the quiet forest surrounding you on both sides. Tip: Wear good shoes for water. The trail got very muddy where there was wet sand.

hiking
1 month ago

Now that the weather has turned cooler, this is a great hike! I hiked 3.1 miles out and back from the Lake Valentine trail head, for 10K total. Started early on a Saturday and only saw 2 others hiking.

Good trail for a weekend! Water was dried up for the most part, a few stagnant puddles! Nice views! Surprisingly challenging for Louisiana!

running
1 month ago

This trail is not for running. It is marked with blue dots on the trees but, it is over grown and the briyers are brutal.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
1 month ago

Good condition over all. Few spots of rocky terrain but a great trail. Would give it 5 stars if it wasn't for the last 2 miles of highway hiking.

There was water this weekend about 3 miles or so in, but you can tell it’s starting to get dry enough that backpackers needing to purify should be prepared to cut their trip short and head to a campground if that area becomes standing/dry.

trail is mildly overgrown, if people in your party (kids) are wearing shorts, you're gonna have a long painful itchy trail lol. it's more scenic in the beginning. it's about 300 ft total elevation gain, and it's a hot one in August! I love Kisatchie though...awesome area!

Great little trail! There are signs scattered about with plants and trees commonly found in the area. There's supposed to be a waterfall area, but the creek areas we crossed didn't seem to sport any waterfalls at this time of year at least. great for the kids. Nice vistas on top of the little buttes.

mountain biking
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

Trail from the Evangeline primitive camp area west is getting dangerous. Reported trail conditions to the forestry service about the condition of the trail trail. Told them someone was going to get hurt.

26 july 2019 got to the trail head later than i wanted. started around 930am and finished around 330 pm ..i thought i was in decent shape but the last couple miles on pave ment reminded me i was not in great shape. next time ill take at least a 30 min break after halfway point... most of my breaks consisted of taking my pack off and standing or sitting on ground for 5-10 minitues...overall the trail was easy to navigate. definitely will do again in the fall when its not quite so hot...

hiking
4 months ago

July 7, 2019. Very nice trail. Marked well. Two Buttes with stairs to climb up, great for little extra hike. Once down in the hardwood bottom it’s very shaded and a few streams to cross over. Signs throughout pointing out different trees. All in all a nice hike. Lots of stairs to start.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Beautiful trail, well marked, but a little overgrown in some places. I entered at the Woodworth trailhead parking area on Castor Plunge Road, but BE WARNED, when I got back to my car the next day all of my tires were stolen... so that really sucked. I recommend parking at Woodworth Town Hall and walking the 1.7 miles through a residential area to get to the trailhead, just for the added safety of your vehicle.

hiking
bugs
muddy
4 months ago

My sister and I had a 2 day hike. The horseflies in the sand flies were swarming us the entire time. To the point where we weren’t able to stop to take a break if we were to stop they would immediately start biting us. It had been raining for all of the first day. And the dry river beds were nothing but sticky clay! Walking through that was rough. Other than that we had a lot of fun hiking the trail. It was the perfect bonding time for us!

Hiked w/ full packs preparing for AT hike later this summer. Good trail with a good elevation (for Louisiana). Hiked in mid-June-hot & humid. Occasional cloud cover & breezes made it tolerable. There were a few good campsites which would make this a nice overnight hike in fall/winter

Nice trail. Well marked and easy to get to.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
5 months ago

The trail was a good 2 miles if you stayed on just the loop! It was just difficult enough. Very grassy and rocky. Not maintained perfectly, but enough to hike easily.

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