hiking
30 days ago

WARNING/PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT:

Do NOT drive on Old Tunica Road to the trailhead (A or C) if it has been raining or there is the potential for rain!
On Old Tunica Road, coming from Hwy 66, turning off Doherty Rd and then Right onto Old Tunica Road, Old Tunica goes from a paved road, to a gravel road (Near the Parker Rd and Old Tunica Rd intersection), to a gravel-dirt mix road that slowly spirals downhill, large enough for only one vehicle to drive on. Then Old Tunica Road reaches a low point, about .5 - .7 miles past Parked Rd, near a small creek. Once you pass the creek the road is a completely dirt road and begins to incline and continues to incline for about .7 miles.

There were light scattered showers when we went this past weekend and my truck (2 wheel drive) barely made it up the incline. Once you decide to drive past the creek on Old Tunica Road, there is no turning back for about .7 miles. Once you pass the creek, the road turns completely dirt, or in our case with light rain - it was completely MUD and the road is a slow spiraling incline and only large enough for one vehicle (.7 miles). So once we started driving up the hill past the creek, we quickly realized we were in BIG trouble. With my pedal to the floor board at some points, afraid that if I stopped I would get stuck or slide back down the spiraling road off the side of a small cliff, my truck was barely making it up the hill. If I would have stopped hitting the gas, I would have been stuck, or potentially worse - slid backwards off the road. My truck peeled out, sliding left and right from side-to-side as we creeped along the road. Very scary feeling. Did not feel safe at all. I wish that I would have turned around at the creek and gone back. Once you go past the creek you really can't turn around, there is no other choice but to go up the hill.
As soon as we got to a high point where the dirt road flattened out and had some room for us to turn around, we did (.7 miles from the creek) This was prior to trailhead A and C.
We slowly drove back down the hill, careful not to slide off the road from the Mud pit that was Old Tunica Road, someone from the Sheriff's department was pulling a car out from being stuck on the side of the mud road, so we weren't the only ones that day.

Needless to say, we did not hike the trail so I cannot speak for the trail, I'm sure it is great - which is why I didn't give the review a 1 star. Even though my experience was about a negative 5 stars since I think the experience actually took time off my life from the anxiety I had sliding up the hill.

Lastly, the road is not clearly marked, it's actually not marked at all. Which is what is most frustrating about the experience - that this could happen again to other people. There are no signs warning or cautioning you of the road conditions. One minute you are on a nice, scenic route on a paved Old Tunica Road, the next you are on gravel, gravel/dirt mix spiraling downhill, and then the next you are spiraling uphill on a dirt road, and if it has been raining even lightly like it did when we went then the road will be completely MUD! There are also NO signs stating ____ many miles to trailhead ___. It was just a terrible experience all around. There really should be warning/caution signs on the road. It would be MUCH safer that way!

Moderate hills. Clear path. No other hikers. Very peaceful.

hiking
7 months ago

Decent hike. The distance is fine, doesn't feel like 5.6 miles when all said and done. However, this is a poorly marked trail. There were several times I had to back track to find my last red "marking" in order to find the trail again. Glad I did it, not sure I'll do it again.

Definitely not hard. Easy, except that it's not a gravel trail it's more like a scavenger hunt for the spray paint red marking dots in the forest. Trail also has signs labeled A1-A-17.

Trail has a lot of ticks. Pulled 15 off me and 18 so far off my dog. It's been two days since we went and I'm still pulling ticks off her. Other than that, the trail was fun. It got a little tough at the river bed because of all the fallen trees we had to climb over and there wasn't as many trees with the orange paint so it got confusing at times.

hiking
10 months ago

FYI To walk on any WMA you need to purchase the Louisiana WMA stamp, Get it online for two dollars per day, Rangers do look for these. Great hike for the family, just don't be like everybody else and bring a hiking stick and some water because it is steep in some areas. Going down is easy and you can see everybody huffing and puffing coming up, There are a few stations with stairs, use them to make it more enjoyable. At the entrance is a small box with parking tags to put on your car review mirror, it's an honor system and cost $4 dollars.

Awesome views, but a little more moderate then hard.

Fun hike. If you stick with the C hike the whole way you won't see any water. Still enjoyable. Done in 1 hour and 50 mins wit stops along the way

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful day for a strenuous hike. The improved trail is a lot of up and down so if you follow the creek you can see a few waterfalls without a lot of leg work. Very peaceful during the week. Butterflies and little purple wild flowers right now. Weather was a little cool so it helped out too.

The trail is just great! It is wild, it is beautiful and it is peaceful. Birds sing along with you all the time. If you want to experience the real nature of hiking, Trail A is your destination. A friendly reminder is that it is 5.6miles long and the first part of the trail is not well marked. It took us about three hrs to complete it (with one meal). Beginners may feel a little bit hard to finish that. Good luck there!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Great trail. Part of the trail is through a creek which made it fun. More hilly than I expected for South Louisiana- which made it a pleasant surprise.

hiking
Tuesday, December 27, 2016

A good trail for a nice, quick outing with the dog. This is a pretty easy trail, but there are a couple of steep descents near the beginning that you should be aware of (the dog wasn't keen on these). We hiked clockwise; I don't imagine that going counterclockwise would be very feasible. It's well marked with orange markers, but these are more sparse during the portion of the hike in the riverbed; just keep following the river for about a mile. The final part of the loop follows the road, which leads back to the trailhead.

The Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area has some of the most unique and challenging hikes you can find in Louisiana. Located just north of St Francisville this area is full of steep ravines, sandy bayous, and lots of interesting wildlife. Trail A is the longest of the three trails here, and the most challenging, due to a section that is not well marked. I don't recommend attempting this trail without a GPS as the trail is not well marked in areas. Overall a great hike!

hiking
Thursday, November 24, 2016

Great for a day-hike! The first part of the trail follows an old road bed and then takes a sharp right into the woods. You drop down pretty fast into a creek bed that was dry in November. Lots of debris makes getting through this section slow going. Watch for the orange arrow as the trail turns back into the woods. After a good climb you stay fairly level for the rest of the trail. I would rate this trail as moderate due to a few steep descents that may give some hikers trouble.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Unexpected, being from out of state. I would put this trail as easy/moderate. There was a lot of trash and dumping around the park. Very indicative of Louisana. Once you realize that's typical of the people and outdoors, you move on. Someone with age or height problems might need a hiking stick. It's not rock climbing or extreme. Not sure why it's labeled as "hard."

hiking
Thursday, September 01, 2016

Tunica Hills is a great hike! Lots of beautiful trees and a river bed. The only downfall was that parking was hard to find and there weren't any maps of the trails. However, trails were clearly marked as you were walking.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Beautiful trail for the location, and very easy trail which is great for walking with your dog or with your friends. I was honestly amazed to see such hills only an hour from Baton Rouge.

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

An extremely easy trail to hike. Very clearly marked and well kept. Wouldn't necessarily recommend if you are looking for an adventure, but not a bad trail for beginners.

hiking
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Great trail. Definitely for more skilled hikers and for someone in shape! Brought my 15 week old pit puppy and she hung in there. If we would have went any further she probably wouldn't have made it. The reason I'm giving it 3 stars is because the ticks were so bad we had to turn around and leave. I picked 5 off of my dog in the trail. when we got back to the truck she had at least 15 on her. Me and my boyfriend then stripped and found a lot on us! Just be careful!

hiking
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My first hike in Louisiana! Having very little experience hiking, I'd like to say this was a great success. The trail is clearly marked the for the duration of the hike. Parts of it were tricky, but maybe that's just me being a beginner! There were lots of ticks around. Maybe something to look out for. I finished the 4.2 miles in 1:44:41.

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