Explore the most popular dogs on leash 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.

Such a nice little starter hike! There are beautiful views from sandstone outcroppings, a meandering stretch through pine forest and a damp hike through lowland with a couple small creek crossings. And all of that within a two-mile stretch. Definitely check it out!

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the state! It's great for a simple day hike, or for a weekend backpacking trip when you hike it with the Carloine Dormon. as other's have said, the water situation is scarce, but you can easily carry enough for the day.

scenic driving
29 days ago

Make sure you read the description. It is a scenic byways, not a hiking trail. The 17.2 miles is all road through some beautiful country. There is a Longleaf Vista Trail (1.5 miles) that loops at the Longleaf Recreation area, but that is not this trail.

An easy hike except for some of the steeper parts, but those mostly have stairs. Can be very hot and is largely exposed to the sun, so best enjoyed in the cooler months. Really some of the best scenery in Louisiana and only a few minutes from the I-49.

hiking
1 month ago

Tried to find this trail yesterday. Used the app, since many of the trails in this area aren’t marked. We found the beginning, but following the cut trail actually lead us to the center of the map. When we tried to start from the beginning a second time and stayed as on line of the app trail as possible, there was never the option to curve as the app suggest. There was also many side trails, as a atv trail, intersects with this one. This trail isn’t even on the kisatchie trail maps.

Good short trail with a great view you wouldn’t think exists in LA. Recommend for young kids or people with physical limits.

nice Trail just wish it was longer I'm didn't go on the road

Beautiful trail! Well marked and there’s a lot to see. The only down side is that I went after a day of rain and the trail was muddy/sandy in some areas. Overall a great trail that’s easy for anyone to hike and it shows the diversity that the Kisatchie Forest contains.

3 months ago

First more serious hike. The parts where the trail became uncertain, there was always a marker close by. Some of the hills were fairly difficult, but overall was a moderate hike. Beautiful, not entirely well maintained, however nothing was an issue with getting through the trail.

It’s a beautiful easy hike, it doesn’t take a whole lot of commitment of time or equipment, perfect day hike

This trail is a shit-hole. Poorly maintained, and poorly marked. Run Backbone if you want a real challenge.

Great day hike! I will be back!

Favorite place in Louisiana. I’ve been going here since I was a kid.

First time hiking this. Our dachshund came along with my husband and me and was easy enough even her. If you’re not in great shape, it’s definitely better to take the right hand side of the trail. You have steep steps, and a lot of them, going down. We lucked up taking that path, I would have died had I had to come up them at the end of the hike lol.

scenic driving
5 months ago

Used to love riding around the whole area both the ranger district and the logging roads in my jeep with the top down. Miss those days. The main road and several others are the only ones paved. The dirt roads in the district are taken care of really well. Don’t go on the logging roads without 4 wheel drive though.

hiking
5 months ago

Mostly flat and crosses over a few park roads.

Great place for a short hike with some of the most rugged terrain in Louisiana and the only place you’ll see sandstone boulders in the state.

This is not a trail. It’s just a long road in a forest. I’m not sure if I’m missing something but I drove for miles and it was just a road. We were very disappointed.

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail. Great for beginners!

backpacking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! Easy to follow, with moderately challenging landscapes. Perfect for a one night stay back packing trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty fun trail, I don't recommend hiking it in the summer.. alot of trashed campsites and possible hobos on the way so be aware.

hiking
6 months ago

My family and I had a blast on the trail.

off road driving
6 months ago

Absolutely amazing! If you enjoy atv trail riding then you must visit this trail. I rode the trail on my 300ex and i would recommend using a sport quad like that, although any atv would work

hiking
7 months ago

Neat trail 5.5 mile that wraps around one of the lakes. There’s another trail “Lost Lady” you’ll see at the end of the dam that’s about 2 miles. It’s difficult with hills. Both trails were nice.

Good trail. Did it with two kids and a friend. Not a lot of water right now so bring plenty.

backpacking
7 months ago

Hiked the Backbone trail again last week with my daughter. this was her first overnight backpacking trip. We only spent one night on trail but it was great fun. Didn't see much wildlife and temps were in the high 80's during the day but dropped quickly after the sun went down. Other than that it was the same os my first review below.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail I think. Only saw a few squirrels, no real wildlife. WATCH AS YOU HIKE. I almost walked into 30-45 big spiderwebs. Some big spiders there. As much as I watched, I still hit some and threw my pack off, very scary. If you stay at the Kisatchie bayou campground you can start there at the end of the trail at mi. 10 then go 3.5 miles to the road crossing and take left which is back towards the campground. It’s about 7 mile loop like that. Otherwise you’ll just hike to the start of it a long way from the campground.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy stepping and easy effort. Some trail is a robust deer trail but most is nice, but obviously low traffic. Too much trash sadly. Trail is easy to follow but a few spots require you to look around a bit, we saw 2 deer and one couple on a Sunday afternoon.

backpacking
8 months ago

Pretty solid trail for what it is. The water is very limited for half of the loop so bring plenty of water. The trail tends to be muddy and overgrown so I'd recommend pants and change of socks.

Awesome little hiking trail and very nice outdoor rec area. Always a good time.

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