Boy Scout Road is a 4.6 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.
Transtional environments. Observation tower. Boardwalk over swamp. 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. I also included a short walk down a boardwalk at the trailhead. The view at the end of the boardwalk makes this side trip is well worth the effort. Mosquitos and ticks can be a problem in warmer months. There should be some very interesting migratory birds here in the winter months.
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.
Took my 2 children they got a tad bored. But trail was nicely kept. It was a easy trail.
very good beginner hike however watch the gravel road. it hurts after a while
Nice easy hike. The boardwalk is well made. Plenty wildlife even in the winter.
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.
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.
great trail for beginners.
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.
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.