Caroline Dormon Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Provencal, Louisiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length10.1 miElevation gain528 ftRoute typePoint to point
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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For more information, please review the park website. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/kisatchie/recarea/?recid=34823

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Amanda Barrow
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Hiking

Extremely well marked for all the rerouting due to hurricane damage! Be prepared for a few creek crossings. You can tell much has been done to reopen the trail. Loved getting back out there. Treated it as an out and back going in 3 miles then returning.

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Molly Reynolds
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Scott Guidry
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Hiking

Not realizing it was 10.1 miles one way, we made it halfway, just over 5 miles and then turned around for the 10 mile trip. Overall, a "blah" trail with several small creek crossings. Not sure how the second half is. It was very well marked and all the downed trees from the hurricanes have been cut and removed from the trail. Lots of muddy spots.

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Danielle Fromenthal
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trail is open

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Phillip Purpera
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HikingOver grown

Well marked but needs maintenance. The overgrowth is a little much.

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France Trepanier
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Walking

Well maintain

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Tosha Kelly
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HikingOver grown

VERY well marked

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Tyler Jeffries
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Mountain bikingMuddyOver grown

Trail was very over grown and very narrow. Several creek crossings with no bridge and if you are on a bike you will have to get off several times to cross them. Due to weather I was not able to complete the trail so I did 5 miles in and turned around. I’ll write another review once I’m able to finish the other half.

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Ken Price
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Mountain bikingMuddyOver grownWashed out

We parked at the Long Leaf Vista Rd, parking lot. It is more of a hiking trail than anything. We had a good time. (Went 2.5 miles then turned around) Trail had some mud in a few areas. Most of the drain crossings, we had to carry our bikes over. Lots of the trail is grown in and is very narrow.

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Michael Puyear
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Hiking

First 5 miles were pretty good. There is some crowding of the trail by muscadine, oak saplings, native yaupon bushes and ferns. This is not much of a concern right now as the ticks aren’t too bad....only had a couple of small seed ticks on me and they hadn’t found a foothold when I got them. At mile 5 you come to a road and the trail continues on the other side of the bridge to the right. You have to look closely to see the orange diamond on the bridge. At mile 7 it opens up real nice due to a controlled burn they recently did. There’s a nice valley you walk through at mile 8 that I really enjoyed. Sad to say that it’s in this area where I came upon evidence of a hiker who has poor poop etiquette and hygiene practices. Take it off the trail folks! Overall, the trail was well marked, water was available and it was a good distraction from this covid 19 nonsense. Not many good campsites- saw one at mile 7 (not far from good water source) and another at mile 9.5. Kisatchie Bayou Campground is closed for now but trail side should still be ok.

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Terry Brooks
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BlowdownMuddy

good trail decent camping spots but horses are tearing trail up

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Joe Culotta
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HikingMuddy

This trail is well marked and fairly easy. A lot of fun, small stream crossings. Two spots with small waterfalls were great places to stop for lunch. It is true that a good portion of the trail is rooted up by feral hogs. Overall it was still enjoyable. Camping is not technically allowed but not enforced. Plenty of flowing water throughout and around the trail.

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Alan Knight
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Terry Brooks
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Backpacking

first part of trail ok not very scenic last part of trail crappy with hog rootings and all and not enough campsites along trail.will not backpack it again and the all trails app is off on mileage of trail

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Sarah Marr
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Hiking

Well marked. Good spot past bridge and water crossing.

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Joseph Kroger
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This trail has such great potential. It has some beautiful scenery close the kissatche bayou campground. The trail is severely rutted it up from pigs. Lot's of fallen trees across it as well. There are some spots that should have bridges but they are washed away. Definitely not good for mountain biking at the time. Took 2.5 hours to go 6 miles.

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William Thomas
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HikingBugsMuddy

My sister and I had a 2 day hike. The horseflies in the sand flies were swarming us the entire time. To the point where we weren’t able to stop to take a break if we were to stop they would immediately start biting us. It had been raining for all of the first day. And the dry river beds were nothing but sticky clay! Walking through that was rough. Other than that we had a lot of fun hiking the trail. It was the perfect bonding time for us!

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Carolyn Jarvis
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Hiking

Very well marked trail. Lots of fun

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J. Aubrey Bolen
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Backpacking

Started at the Kisatchie Bayou campground. I was hiking this as part of the Short Kisatchie Loop (Short 27.6 mile). It had been raining for two solid days a couple of say before I got to this trail. It was still muddy and had a lot of standing/running water on the tread way. Since this trail is used by equestrian traffic and damaged by wild hogs it was a muddy mess. Embrace the suck - I hiked in trail runners and wool socks which worked well for these conditions. A well marked trail with orange diamond blazes and accurate mile markers. The CDT has several beautiful areas worth passing through, Pine forest, wetland bottoms and some other unique landscapes . Several creek crossings, so there are opportunities to get and filter water if need be. There are only a couple of established campsites along the trail, I camped right by mile marker 10. If you are wondering about the Kisatchie loop I mentioned earlier, it is a combination of the Back Bone Trail, Caroline Dorman and Sandstone trail.

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J. Aubrey Bolen
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Backpacking

I hike the Caroline Dorman as the last leg of Short Kisatchie Loop, which a combination of the Backbone Trail, the Sandstone Trail & Caroline Dorman Trail.

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Sarah Marr
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Backpacking

Only hiked a couple of miles in from the CD trailhead. Was pretty brushy, but the trail was evident and it was marked well. Was worried I wouldnt find a good place to set up camp, but found the perfect cleared spot before the sun set. Saw 2 deer on the way back.

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Gregory Brian
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Hiking

Did 6-7 miles in and out. nice trail. well marked. unique ecosphere

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Kim Navarrete
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Backpacking

This trail was surprisingly diverse in scenery and quite a challenge. I hiked the whole trail with my friend to the Kisatchie Bayou Campground and hiked back out the next morning. The latter half of the trail is more hilly and rocky than the beginning. We hiked through pine flatlands, mixed hardwood forests, loess deposits and rocky creek beds. Seeing rocks and boulders in Louisiana is really neat. We saw two deer and two boars along the trail and no people. The trail is well blazed but overgrown with tall grass and in need of some maintenance. Beware of the loess deposits sticking to your boots! It’s like cement! This trail is a great hiking or backpacking option in Louisiana.

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Lane Gremillion
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This trail is a shit-hole. Poorly maintained, and poorly marked. Run Backbone if you want a real challenge.

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Joe David
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Hiking

Mostly flat and crosses over a few park roads.

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