Explore the most popular hiking 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.

The road for the trails was closed. We were able to see the historic area but we drove an hour for wildflowers and couldnt access the trails.

Well maintained trail with plenty to see. Two Butte formations and a little waterfall are the highlights of this trail.

backpacking
8 days ago

First cool day of fall. Great hike after such a hot summer. The trail was a bit overgrown, a little tight in a spot or two, from summer growth, but no big problems. Camped at an overlook of Bayou Cypre...had a great sunrise.

backpacking
15 days ago

Love this 24 mile National Recreational Trail located in the Kisatchie National Forest. Cold clear spring creeks for water sources. Has some challenging hilly sections. Know as a great shakedown trail before you go on other hikes, I think it’s great for enjoying the awesomeness of his Central Louisiana forest.

it was a easy trail. enjoyed it very much.

I came out here for a trail run and spent a good deal of my run looking for the trail and the rest of it trying not to get bitten by the enormous spiders. This may be a good hiking trail but it’s horrible for running. I was covered with webs and feeling defeated at 3 miles in, when the trail disappeared on me. Ran in a circle for a bit then used my gps to navigate back to my vehicle.

Don’t go, there are better trails available, with better sites to behold. Go to Chicot or Sam Houston

hiked part of the trail I loved every step of it I have hiked in chicot state park and the trail is a million times better than chicot state park I would recommend this trail to anyone wanting a good endurance hike I will be back to finish it and camp as well I found a lot of water sources so all you need is a filter get to hike and remember to hike your own hike!!!

like the trail. over grow. good hike

My daughter and I walked the trail today and had a great time. It was a little muddy and over grown in places but not a problem. With a bad knee, I wish that the stairs had hand rails. Most of the trail is paved. Some beautiful views and overlooks plus a small waterfall. As a bonus, there are an excellent picnic area and facilities at the trail head.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome trail, marathon training right now and just did 14 miles on this today. Whooped my butt! Sand hilly path through beautiful forest. From ft Polk get on hwy 117 towards natchitoches, turn off at right before the ranger station and go to the Lotus campground (you can google and go right to that campground) that campground has bathrooms available and the trail entrance is right there. Horses, dogs and atvs allowed. Have fun!

A group of us GOATS ran distances of 4-11 miles with a couple of them still running the last we saw them.

trail running
1 month ago

Challenging, well maintained trail is beautiful. Well traveled especially on the weekend.

backpacking
1 month ago

This trail was surprisingly diverse in scenery and quite a challenge. I hiked the whole trail with my friend to the Kisatchie Bayou Campground and hiked back out the next morning. The latter half of the trail is more hilly and rocky than the beginning. We hiked through pine flatlands, mixed hardwood forests, loess deposits and rocky creek beds. Seeing rocks and boulders in Louisiana is really neat. We saw two deer and two boars along the trail and no people. The trail is well blazed but overgrown with tall grass and in need of some maintenance. Beware of the loess deposits sticking to your boots! It’s like cement! This trail is a great hiking or backpacking option in Louisiana.

hiking
1 month ago

Very chill trail to unwind. I started at the Valentine Lake rec area and went to the 20 mile marker just past the intersection of Castor Plunge Rd and 212. Mile markers 6-9 have some sweet creeks and so do Mile markers 15-17. Well marked and well traveled so you can go miles without even using the yellow diamonds posted on the trees. Make sure to grab a spider web stick so you aren't getting a face full of Golden Orb Weavers haha. Not the prettiest or most exciting but very relaxing and worth the great workout once or twice. I've done 24 miles (markers 1-12 and back) one time and 20 miles (markers 11-20.5) another time. I've about had my fill of the trail but it would be better with friends of course! My 3L CamelBak lasted about 20 miles in the early August morning because the shade made it a bit cooler. A few good creeks to get water from with my LifeStraw too.
+Bugs didnt bother me too bad and it never got super muddy.
-Low lying veg gets scratchy, narrow in some areas to allow spider webs
I recommend listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on Audible when you do this hike. It was relaxing and a bit enlightening.
Hiked in August 2018

Did this trail in June of 2016, beautiful scenery, but fair warning!!!! me and a friend started at lake valentine as the sun was coming up and finished at woodworth around 330pm. NOTICE: the trail is advertised at 23.9 miles, on the website it says 26.2 miles, we brought water for 27 miles and were going to run down (refill water in woodworth) and back for a total of 54 ish miles. We both had GPS trackers and needless to say we ran out of water at 27 miles.... the total length of trail is 36.4 miles!!!! NOT including the 5.4 miles loop around lake valentine. Luckily we’re both military and were able to push through. Just a warning, granted I know most people don’t try to run the whole length.

Great trail. We took our family and had a great time exploring. Lots of stairs and rocks to climb! Paved most of the way.

hiking
3 months ago

park at the caroline dorman trail and begin the trail there. End the trail at the other side and walk down the hiway downhill.

Gorgeous hike! Will definitely visit again during later fall and winter. I saw 2 black widows during our hike which made me a little wigged out because we are stoping with our dog to have water and they were not happy with us being in their territory. Always stay alert especially if you’re hiking this one in the hot, humid months.

Really enjoyed the scenery on the trail. The 1.5 mile hike was perfect for my 10 year old daughter. Great location for a family outing.

We were surprised to find terrain like this here in Louisiana! The short 1.5 mile distance made it a perfect hike to take our 10 year old daughter on.There was a rocky stream bed with lots of shade to rest under about half way down the trail. The sandstone outcrops were fun to climb on. Very beautiful, was definitely worth coming out!

We were surprised to see terrain like this here in Louisiana! The short 1.5 mile distance made it a perfect hike to take our 10 year old daughter on. There is a rocky stream bed with lots of shade to rest about halfway down the trail. The exposed sandstone outcrops were fun to climb. Definitely worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

Went out for a shakedown hike. Started in Woodworth hiked in about 11 miles then turned and came back a couple of miles to a good campsite by water. Trail very well marked, a little overgrown with several trees across trail but nothing too bad. Looking forward to cooler weather. The hike was not bad but it was very hot and muggy at night. Did not see or hear anyone but it was during the week. Will definitely be sharing this trail with my family

hiking
3 months ago

Love that this trail is close to home. Started today but to hot to finish. Easy trail. Lots of beautiful woods and a wonderful view of the lake for part of it. The part I went on was clean and clearly marked.

hiking
4 months ago

I did this trail as a day and it was more intense than I expected but still not bad. there are some areas where it seems a bit over grown and a few areas where its hard to tell what direction to go. 4G coverage and LTE every once in a while on the trail. I would recommend doing this trail in the cooler months of the year. mosquitos weren't a problem but I still brought insect repellant and sunscreen. walking sticks help a lot on this trail. I don't know to recommend doing the road walk before or after. I started from the northern trail head and ended at the southern trail head. the second half of the trail had a lot of steep ups. while the first had a lot of gradual downward inclines. I recommend starting from the southern trail head so you have steep downs instead of steep up. that just seems like it would be easier. its hard to go on these hikes and pay attention to everything thats around you because you spend most of the time looking don to watch where you step. try to look up every once in a while and find a trail marker. they don't stand out to well but they're, there.if you think your getting lost do not keep going forward turn around and carefully retract your steps until you find the trail then asses the situation. bring a backpack with plenty of water. at least 3 liters per person, walking sticks, bug spray sunglasses, and do this in cooler temps. not 93 degrees and humid.

The AllTrails map for this area is not actually the place where the old WWII camp is. The allTrails map indicates parking, camping, trails and ATV recreation area. The old camp is actually closer to the entrance on the left side of the road.
Get a map of trails from the parking area and go back to the entrance if you want to see any of the ramains of the old camp.

hiking
4 months ago

This is a question, not a review:

I plan to solo hike one way through with my dog, that being said my car will be at one end and I'll end up at the other. Is there anyone available to return hikers to their cars at the starting point?

nature trips
5 months ago

Went yesterday and had a blast on the trail . Got to see lots of wildlife and we had trail just about to ourselves! Do it again every chance I get ! The dog loved it too!

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!

backpacking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail but no water on the southern side. We hiked for over 4.5 miles with no suitable water, only mud holes.

hiking
5 months 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.

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