Backbone Trail is a 14.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cloutierville, Louisiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and horses and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Length14.7 miElevation gain1,062 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingHorseback ridingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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This route can also be done as a point-to-point by either getting a ride or leaving a car at the end of the AllTrails route. You could also walk back to the trailhead by walking along the road.

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Matt Byland
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BackpackingGreat!Private property

Did a slow paced out and back overnight on 3/20/2020 with backpacks from Caroline Dorman TH up the Backbone. Started out about 9:30 and Weather was cold and overcast Saturday. Great hike down to Bayou Cypre. Swapped to wading shoes .... Water was Cold! We bagged up some extra water before We climbed the ridge to our dry campsite And took the 3rd site on the right at about 2 pm. Clouds broke up in time to get a little sun before sunset. Woke up to 35 deg. Temps, built a nice fire and watched a great sunrise off the bluff. Ate a big breakfast and packed up about 9 and were back at the car by 1pm. Gotta love a dry cold front in March. Nice break in trip for this 60 yo who is recently retired and getting back into backpacking after a 30 year break!

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Brandy Comeaux
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Deldrick Scott
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Kelley Nielsen
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Mathew Brittain
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Courtney Dawn
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Hiking

Pretty easy and scenic

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Lana Bodin
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Hiking

We brought 2 cars so we didn’t walk the road. We started on the north end. Lots of elevation changes and pretty muddy. Grateful for the downed trees at the bayou crossings. One of our dogs loved the bayou crossing.

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Aimee Lafleur
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diane sibley
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CampingGreat!

nice trail. some spots get really muddy and difficult to get through, but otherwise it is beautiful and well maintained.

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Chris Goodall
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HikingGreat!

Very enjoyable hike. Began from the Northern trailhead. Sandy start, then evens out to some glorious forest. A good few campsites for overnighting or lunch with pretty views. Forest service has done a top notch job clearing the path of trees that succumbed to the recent hurricanes. Some areas looked to have had 10-15% trees down:( Route was 95% signed well. Could do with some arrow upgrades and there were just a few spots where you had to work out where the path continued - mostly after crossing a water obstacle. The 2.5 mile road walk is quite pleasant- not busy at all. Even with the sparse traffic i was twice offered a ride, which was super kind of the people. Overall, 4/5 and was good to get in some undulation hiking. Would be a tricky hike after rainfall and the 85% shade helped. Love this entire forest, a gem for the bayou state.

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Hannah Angelette
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HikingRocky
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Don Coleman
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

Lots of fresh treefall on the trail. I spent a lot of time climbing over, under, thru and around trees and trying to find the trail again. I exited via Turpentine Hill trail since the last part of the Backbone trail was muddy and didn’t seem as well used. The campsite at the overlook was the highlight of the hike. It could use twice as many blazes I don’t think I would hike it again unless it was better maintained.

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Gannon Brimer
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BackpackingBlowdownBugsRocky

Good trail, lots of elevation for a Louisiana trail. It was easy to follow, however there were a lot of trees down from all the hurricanes this year over the path which did make it a little harder to stay on track. There were a few good camp sites and the views were pretty. Rocky hills and wooded bottoms with creeks to cross made this hike very interesting. It took longer to hike because of the downed trees; I'd wait a few months for em to clear out some trees, cause this old man had some trouble with a fully loaded pack. But if you're young, it's perfect as is. It did rain on us for a bit, but it was nice and cooled us down and we got to test out our rain gear. Bring bug spray. The coyotes cried all night, which was really cool. I will do this trail again but i have to get into better shape. It's marked as easy, but with all the trees to hop over and crawl under I'd say it's moderate. But, hey, it's about perspective.

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Juli Trosclair
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Jordyn Michelle
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Hiking

We definitely got lost...lol First few miles weren’t bad. Didn’t have the views I was expecting. Thank God for the couple that saved us and gave us a lift back to the car

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S. Winter
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Hiking

We only did 2 miles out and back. We had two small children with us, under the age of 4yrs. Enjoyable Terrain, it’s a mixture of sand for some distance and then dirt mixed with pine needles. It was narrow in some spots. But overall well maintained. Some small hills. I think it would be a super muddy mess and not an enjoyable trail if it had rained recently. There are no bathrooms available. There is shade on and off- a good amount of open sun.

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Neva Powers
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble
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Dawn Cazedessus
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Running

Great single track trail yet bring LOTS of water and fuel.....and bug spray! Not much shade in some parts and a bit overgrown yet a great trail for some technical running. I enjoyed the rocks and variations of trail bedding (sand, pine straw, rocks, dirt). This is a point to point trail so you either have to park two cars or you can walk the road back to trailhead. Overall, great trail for Louisiana!

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Mark Lasserre
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Hiking

When dry, Backbone is a good experience. We found the trail to be around 7 and 3/4 miles from trailhead to the Longleaf Byway. Then, we walked about three miles along the Byway to the trailhead. This loop is about 11 miles. The first four miles is easy. The challenge begins at mile four. Ascents and descents. Minor stream crossings. Bogs (after rains).

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Dustin White
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Hiking

The trail was a little overgrown, but over all it was enjoyable. Half of the trail is a little boring and not much shade, but the other half is more scenic with high overlooks, creeks, and lots of shade.

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Danielle Fromenthal
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As pretty as you're gonna get for Louisiana. First couple miles are pretty dry but once you get to the bayou crossing you're good. There is a great campsite a little after the junction with the Turpintine trail, and right after that is a spring running down, so you'd have plenty of water for camping. Keep your eyes out and it's easy to spot. I didn't map but hiking at a casual pace took me a little less than 4 hours to the campsite mentioned and then another hour to finish the trail. 3 mile road walk back to the parking lot.

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Neva Powers
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HikingBugsRocky

This is a fairly easy trail for people who hike often. There are quite a few up hills/down hill parts but they're not that difficult. Theres several primitive camps along the trail so if you plan to stay overnight there are plenty of options. Theres a camp thats a 7ish minute walk from the bayou to filter water and it has an incredible view of the sunrise. At the bayou crossing there is not bridge so don't be afraid to get your feet wet. It gets a little muddy in areas but that's part of the fun of hiking. This trail has a decent mix of full sun/partial shade so bring plenty of water in the Louisiana heat. The last 3.5 miles of my trail was me driving to the parking lot and forgetting to turn off the recording.

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