Explore the most popular kid friendly 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!

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.

1 month ago

beautiful trail, well maintained. several paths to walk to the lake and get better views closer to the water

2 months 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.

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.

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

4 months ago

Nice out and back trail with good opportunities for birdwatching, foraging, and camping. At points the road joins the trail causing a bit more trash to show up, but overall very accessible, peaceful, and well-maintained.

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.

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.

5 months ago

Beautiful trail, but be prepared for a hilly hike. We have been hiking about 13 mikes at other trails and having no problems and then tried this trail today and saw a big difference on our endurance level. Much slower pace due to the up and down path. Will hike this trail again for the scenery and physical challenge.

trail running
6 months ago

Nice Loop to run if camping at Lake Kincaid Campground

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.

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

9 months ago

My husband, myself and our two boys (14 and 11) hiked the trail for the first time this past weekend. We adults had full packs and the boys had their camelbacks. The trail is well marked except at a few side trails, which just added to the adventure. We stopped for a break after crossing the dam; the view and breeze were refreshing. Some places along the NE part of the trail looks as if a good rain could put it underwater. Overall, we enjoyed the trail very much. There is a variety of terrain, decent elevation, and beautiful flora. We will definitely hike this trail again!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Was a great trail. Prepare for ticks!! Had a couple.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice trail ..Good to see vegetation and trees returning after forest fires...back about 30 years ago there were huge beautiful pines and wild jasmine and honeysuckle. The vistas are beautiful and peaceful...

Monday, April 03, 2017

My children and I had a great hike Saturday. Beautiful views. Nice trails. The only complaint I have and maybe its because I m new at this. but sometimes the trails were confusing because they have several trails that lead close together and not all of the markers telling which one was which was there but we still ended up making it the whole Way, just by using a little common sense lol

Monday, March 20, 2017

My wife and I had a very nice hike this morning. Trail is well marked and the portion near the lake has great views.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Very fun and easy trail. Will be coming back in the summer time!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Very long

trail running
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Ran a 10K on the Sugar Cane Trail and enjoyed every minute of it! Beautiful scenery and a few good climbs/descents to keep it interesting.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Beware of ticks in the summer time. Great place to hike.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

For a short, beautiful hike I suggest crossing the long dam that separates the two lakes and hitting up the trail to the right labeled "Lost Woman." It's a BMX trail but it winds along a creek with mostly open woods surrounding you. The rest of sugar cane trail is recently thinned pine timber that while beautiful, it's a lot of walking through the same old tall pine trees. I will be coming back to this place this summer with my paddle board!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

1st time on this trail. Easy hike carrying a 30 lb pack just to up the work load. Clearly marked. Pretty views. Lots of shade.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

This trail was fine the two times I have completed. Have not done the back loop which can be seen on topographical maps. The camping at beavers dam is good and is well worth the ten dollars. I would suggest dispersed camping for the adventurers, but it gets hairy with park hosts who are ignorant to the pertinent laws. Don't let that stop you. This place is beautiful and well preserved.

PS: I met an amazing AT thruhiker here. He was light and interactive :) we will remain friends.

Monday, May 30, 2016

It has been the best trail in Louisiana so far. Hilly terrain with amazing views for Louisiana.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

SO MANY TICKS. So very, very many ticks. Otherwise, a great loooong trail. For the most part, it's well-kept, but one part that seems like it's usually boggy was totally washed out, and we ended up off the trail, then having to walk through serious mud to get back to it. There's also a big, branchy tree down around the midway point. It seems like it's been there a while. The trail is flat and generally very easy. We saw a pretty big snake on the dam. Again, though, TICKS. My husband and I ended up with at least ten each, crawling up our socks and legs. We had to give our dog a tick bath, and we're still finding them in our house. We sprayed Deep Woods OFF before we started, and it didn't help.

Monday, April 11, 2016

This was a beautiful trail with many changes in scenery. My favorite part was walking by the lake. Easy to follow- saw a snake!

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