Explore the most popular trails in LSU Botanical Gardens Steele 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
8 months ago

This trail system was ok. An easy trail, even if the map is somewhat confusing to follow... you won't get lost. It's worth exploring, but if you are not from the area... it isn't worth driving to just for this. I did blackwater conservation area and this in the same day. Both were mediocre in sights, but together made a decent day of hiking.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy trail with gravel and a wooden boardwalk over the swamp area. Mixes with a couple other small trails along its route. Fun to learn the trees of the area with plenty of plagues and info. Nice places to sit on benches and read!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful greenery. Trail was well maintained gravel with little over grown onto the trail. The pup really enjoyed it! Make sure you let them potty before starting or else you’ll be carrying doggie bags the entire trip. I learned that the hard way.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Love this trail. I take my dogs here on the weekend to avoid large groups of people/other dogs. We’re usually the only ones walking around which is perfect Bc they can roam and sniff freely as we get our daily mile (or two!) in. If it’s a particularly hot day, I’d recommend the Perimeter Trail...the trails in the brush get super humid...especially when we have days where the heat index is 100+

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

running
Sunday, June 24, 2018

Really pretty area right in the middle of town. Shades trails are crushed rock and are not rutted. The only thing I would change is marking a single path that takes you around all the available paths. I was able to get almost 3 miles in with minimal repeat, but I had to guess where to go.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Considering it’s in the heart of Baton Rouge, it’s a great trail. My son, who is 6, was a trooper and walked the entire trail no problem. The boardwalk is a great change of scenery and had some pretty views. We saw some frogs, egrets, and a water moccasin. Pretty good outing for a February.

Friday, November 17, 2017

It is a gorgeous trail...right next to the interstate.We had to speak over the sound of the cars the entire time. If that doesn't bother you, go, it's beautiful. But if you are trying to get away from it all, this isn't really the place.

walking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

Trail is confusing to follow, while there was a map at the beginning, the names were inconsistent with signage on the trail. Highway noise is a given. But some nice butterflies & a surprising chapel with benches & pulpit. We lost the trail & ended up on the road but got back to our cars ok. The road gave up a surprise of two Longhorns (Hook 'Em) that gave my 5 lb dog a surprise.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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