Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
1 day ago

All flat with minor obstacles. Not much to see.

Beautiful day to be on the Kisatchie

hiking
15 days ago

Quick out and back.

hiking
muddy
rocky
16 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.

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
1 month ago

Great trail for hiking/biking. There were a few trees down, but it was easy to get around them. We saw several bikers and hikers with dogs also. Foot bridges were all in good shape.

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!

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.

mountain biking
blowdown
bridge out
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 months ago

More trees down from the last storms. More trail erosion from the flood earlier in the week. The small bridges washed away. Ask the forestry service at Kincaid why the trail is not being maintained and the told me lack of funds and man power. Told them the trail is getting dangerous for MTB and someone was going to get injured.

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
blowdown
over grown
3 months ago

Trail is dangerous right now. So overgrown in areas you can’t see the trail in front of you, could easily crash into someone head on. Several large trees across the trail that has been there for a long time. Little or no trail maintenance being done.

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.

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

hiking
5 months ago

Excellent trail in LA with rolling hills, water views and a couple of campsites. One downside is there is really only 1 excellent campsite that has spectacular views. It is on the edge of a “cliff” overlooking the water. If it’s taken, your kinda screwed, but if not, you’ll enjoy a great sunset and awesome sunrise on the water.

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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