For a limited time only, save 30% on a year of AllTrails Pro!
Get Started
Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Boy Scout Road is a 4.9 mile out and back trail located near Lacombe, Louisiana and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 19 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Description
Waypoints (0)
Contact
Getting There

This hike is through part of the Big Branch Wildlife Refuge. Most of the hike is on a well maintained roadway. The road is only open to hikers and mountain bikes. There are also a few side trails of the main trail. The hike travels through wooded areas, swamps and marshes. There is an abundance of wildlife to be observed. A wide variety of flora can also be found in this area. This area is subject to controlled burns to control under brush and possibly invasive species. Mosquitos and ticks can be a problem in warmer months. There are some very interesting migratory birds here in the winter months.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 61389 Hwy 434, Lacombe, LA 985-882-2000

From Hwy. 190 in Lacombe, go south on Transmitter Road to Bayou Paquet Road. Turn west (right) on Bayou Paquet Road. The trail head is marked by a Fish and Wildlife Sign.

Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (84)
Photos (142)
Recordings (80)
Completed (121)
Rachael Pace
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 7, 2020
HikingBugs

A great trail with plenty of interesting flora and fauna to see, but the horse flies are MURDEROUS right now! Even with bug spray. Maybe stick to the boardwalk for now (summer) where they don’t appear to congregate unless you’re willing to brave the bugs.

Sean McAllister
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 3, 2020
HikingBugsNo shade

Beautiful boardwalk with tons of sights. Lots of bugs but it is early July. Plan to come back in the winter.

View Sean's Recording
Ryan Frught
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 13, 2020
Hiking

Boardwalk over the marsh for 0.5mi, then gravel road for a while. Little shade on trail, so pack water.

View Ryan's Recording
Denyse L
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJune 1, 2020
HikingNo shade

This trail is very nice. There’s a boardwalk through the marsh. After that it’s a gravel walkway. It’s beautiful; however, be prepared for summer, as there’s no shade for about half the trail. If you come during the summer, be sure to bring LOTS of water. This trail is best during fall-spring. Unless, you only do the boardwalk during summer. Lots of wildlife to observe. Interesting plants. I’ve seen several armadillos, raccoons, hawks, and more. friends have seen deer. This is NOT private property. It’s a part of the Big Branch Wildlife Refuge

mitch france
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 1, 2020
Hiking

Hiked trail 5/31/20. Weather was sunny and clear. Temp was 75-80. Trail is easy to follow on gravel road. Saw sign of coyote with fresh droppings on trail. Saw 1 snake and mutiple birds. Trail has nice mix of different ecosystems.

Thristan Cecil
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 23, 2020
HikingBugsPrivate property
View Thristan's Recording
Manny Pineda
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 4, 2020

Great 5 mile hike. There is a lot to see. The trail takes you through swamps, pine forest and the a oak forest. My only letdown was it’s not a loop. Don’t let that stop you because it is a beautiful hike.

John A
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 20, 2020
Hiking

Nice trail with a reward at the end. Be sure to do the boardwalk I saved it for last.

View John 's Recording
Rachael Hodges
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 18, 2020
Hiking

the trail was well maintained with a lot of information available about the different areas. easy trail. beautiful scenery. benches available for resting and bird watching

View Rachael's Recording
Angel Sinnott
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 15, 2020
Hiking

Very nice. On the trail right now at the end enjoying the bench, water, and view. About to head back. Very well maintained especially the boardwalk. I know how hard it is to keep up with wooded platforms in this area. Only one small complaint, but not a big deal...the gravel has many big pieces that caused me to twist my ankle a few times when I was jogging, so you really have to look down the entire time. Pea gravel would be better than limestone, but I’ve twisted my ankle and even fell on dirt trails tripping over tree trunks. But I am a klutz, so can’t blame the trail.

Brandy Ray
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 22, 2019
Hiking

Easy trail

View Brandy's Recording
L Bowers
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 25, 2019
Hiking

Great out and back. Hi all the way to the end of Biy Scout Road a great view of the bayou.

View L's Recording
James Rigney
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 2, 2019
Hiking

I saw my first red-cockaded woodpecker ever last week when I took my first walk ever on what is now one of my favorite trails in southeast Louisiana or south Mississippi. The Boy Scout Road trail in Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is an out-and-back hike of about 4.5 miles (total). In just over two miles you walk through one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. From the parking lot, the trail enters a longleaf pine savanna. You quickly move onto a half-mile long boardwalk over marshy wetlands. As the boardwalk ends, you begin to walk along Boy Scout Road through a large stand of longleaf pines. Among the pines along Boy Scout Road, I saw the only red-cockaded woodpeckers that I can recall ever seeing. The “RCW” is the only woodpecker in North America to nest in live trees, and it strongly prefers longleaf pines. Not surprisingly, the near-collapse of longleaf habitat meant the near-extinction of the RCW. Thankfully, through the efforts of a variety of private organizations and federal agencies, the RCW and its longleaf pine habitat is making a comeback. There are tens of RCW nesting cavities in the longleaf pines adjacent to the Boy Scout Road trail and the parking lot at the trailhead. Just look up in the trees that the Fish and Wildlife Service has marked with bands of white paint, and you’ll see the nesting holes. Many of the nesting cavities have a wide swath of sap oozing beneath the hole. RCWs weren’t the only birds I saw. Great Egret. Great Blue Heron. Killdeer. Pileated Woodpecker. Two Red-Shouldered Hawks. Cedar Waxwings. Eastern Phoebe. Marsh Wren. And, a bird with an enormous white tail ascending through the woods...Bald Eagle? Along with scads of little birds whose identification requires more birding expertise than I have. As the trail approaches the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain, you can walk out of the woods onto an observation deck overlooking a vast marsh. From this point the trail turns sharply westward along a low ridge running parallel to the Lake Pontchartrain marsh. Gone is the pine savanna with its open understory, replaced by hardwoods like this live oak covered in Spanish moss and thick underbrush on either side of the trail. A perfect place for the possum I saw sauntering through the shadows as the afternoon waned. The trail ends on Bayou Lacombe. The sun was getting low in the sky on this winter solstice afternoon, but I had plenty of time to trek back to the trailhead before sunset. This was a splendid walk for a sunny winter day. But, I’m sure it could be brutal in the summer. Only the section through the hardwoods along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain is shaded, so midday summer heat could be horrific. And, according to a regular visitor whom I met and chatted with (one of only three other hikers I saw all afternoon), the deer flies can be a terror beginning in May.

Sean Hurly
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 15, 2018

other than the boardwalk the trail is meh.... Make sure you bring a full bottle of OFF. The boardwalk was pretty cool but the actual trail is gravelstone. I would recommend the trail for bird watching.

Mamae Hingle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarApril 2, 2018

I t

PAULA WELLS
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 21, 2018
Hiking

great boardwalk and gravel trail. beautiful marsh scenery and 2 great overlooks.

Kaylee Antley
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 19, 2017
Hiking
Dr T.
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 28, 2017
Hiking

Easy hike, but we were swarmed by deer flies. Made the entire hike unbearable. Enjoyed the boardwalk. Long stretches with minimal scenery and no cover

Giselle Cloutier
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMarch 19, 2017

It is a rocky road once you are on land. Most of the front end of the trail is pine, somewhat drags on because of how large the road is. Main wildlife to be seen is a diverse range of birds. The back end of the trail is a lot nicer. The scenery changes into a greener forestry. A good marker is 14 which is the first overlook, the second is at the end of the trail. There is hunting and also an educational environment on the trail.

Sarah Bell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 18, 2017
Hiking

Took my 2 children they got a tad bored. But trail was nicely kept. It was a easy trail.

Charles Warren III
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 1, 2017
Hiking

very good beginner hike however watch the gravel road. it hurts after a while

Joe B King
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarDecember 3, 2016

Nice easy hike. The boardwalk is well made. Plenty wildlife even in the winter.

Trisha T
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 20, 2016

Not bad. A little boring once past the board walk. Also, maybe not the best during the warm months. Sunscreen definitely needed as there isn't much shade.

Matthew D
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 16, 2016
Hiking

Nice easy trail. The board walk loops. if you continue following it all the way out, it is the same trail out and back. There is a observation platform maybe 2/3 down the path. Parking is free.

Amber Cuevas
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 11, 2016

great trail for beginners.

Chloe Riviere
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 3, 2015

My dad used to take me as a kid and we'd pick blackberries along the trail. Recently went back and it's still great.

Caterina Picone
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarFebruary 18, 2015
Hiking

My father and I head out to this trail very often to take pictures of the wild life. It's a very easy trail with a path the entire way, and a wooden boardwalk over the bayou. If you come at sunset the bayou is gorgeous and reflects the beautiful hues of the sky.

Ali Najdi
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 9, 2020
Hiking
View Ali's Recording
Showing results 1 - 28 of 84