Lake Bistineau is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Elm Grove, Louisiana that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.4 miElevation gain206 ftRoute typeLoop
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Trails at Lake Bistineau State Park: 10-mile Hiking/Biking Trail 1/2-mile Nature Trail 6-mile Equestrian Trail

103 State Park Road, Doyline, LA 71023 318-745-3503 or 888-677-2478 toll free For reservations, call 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free. Email: lakebistineau@crt.la.gov

Directions: From I-20 at Minden take LA 371 south to Sibley, LA 164 west to Doyline, and LA 163 south to the park. GPS Coordinates: N 32 26.6334; W 93 22.8168.

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Gary Spivak
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Paddle sports
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ASM_Adventures User
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Hiking

This was a combination of several trails within the state park. Mainly used for equestrian.

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Ashley Dean McVey
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Hiking

My favorite local park. A great mix of trails for walking with your pups or trail running. Usually have the place to ourselves when we go. Grab a map from the office - my favorite is the Willis Homestead Trail or Koasati

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Bernie Beethe
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HikingGreat!

Overall a nice hiking environment plus nice trail. Trailhead markings could be improved some. Trail upkeep good. Thanks for cutting those fallen trees!

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Ammiee Morgan
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RunningGreat!

They have volunteers cleaning up and remarking the trails. Today I ran the Pintail Loop and it was beautiful and well marked! Great for an easy walk, jog or biking! Thank you to the staff and volunteers!

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Ralph Thibodeaux
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Nikki Blackwood
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Hiking

lots of spiderwebs.. trails aren't clearly marked.. would go back but not my favorite.

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Robin Johnson
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Michael Rodcay
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great trail, exept the insane amount of spiders across the trail. some areas weren't clearly marked and overgrown. fun easy hike though

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Bobby Davis
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Pintail loop was wet but nice easy trail.

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Danger Dut
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Hiking

Good trail, well marked and maintained.

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Rikki Landry
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It was a decent stroll, nothing too exciting. Quaint little pond in one section of the forest. Pretty easy hike

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Audrey Blagg
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Hiking

Great cut trail. Nice hiking weather for December. First hike for my daughter and I. She was getting tired before we met the half way mark so we back tracked. Hopefully she will go again with me . I would walk this one again. Well kept and well marked.

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Josh Larck
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Hiking

Fantastic trail, well maintained. Saw 10 deer and a bunch of birds and squirrels. 10 out of 10 would recommend.

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Jacob Allen
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Mountain biking

Great mountain biking trail. I would say ideal for those not looking to work too hard for the miles. Perfect for pulling my son in the weehoo. We also picked up some geocaches along the way which were super kid friendly. All-in-all, a great day in the woods.

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Barry Walker
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Hiking

Great hike!

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susan terry
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Hiking

perfect trail run. got 8 in. Had stop a couple of times to check directional app.

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Bill Jones
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Hiking

Quiet day for a walk. Not another soul out there. The trail is bet used by bikers & runners. Path is wide [like a bush hog made the trail. For hiking, it was good exercise & a place to sweat a lot [like being in a steam room]. Not so good for site seeing other the the lake itself.

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Mandi Lisenby
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Hiking

Did this trail with our 3 kids 10, 8, and 4. It had a couple muddy spots but other than that it was a really simply hike. Not much scenery views just wooded trails.

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JoEy LiSeNbY
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Lyssa Jeane
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Hiking

I hiked the Lake Bistineau trails with my 7 y/o daughter on 11/17. We enjoyed our time on these easy trails. The park ranger was there and made a very active presence in the park. Lake Bistineau was drawn down but the grounds were still beautiful. Easy hike and well maintained trails is what you will find in Elm Grove.

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Jeffrey McCoy
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Hiking

Great Trail. Beautiful scenery. Little Overgrown in spots but back to nature loved it!

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Hunter Brown
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Mountain biking

Has the potential to be a fun trail. Although it’s not challenging at all the trail itself is in terrible shape. Grass as tall as my bike in spots, poorly marked in certain sections (marked very well in other spots), and tons of limbs and a few large trees in trail that you have to carry your bike across. Very disappointing.

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Scott Calder
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Hiking

Longer than listed (we went 7.15) and lots of brush and trees on the trail. You don’t see the lake except at the starting point. Pretty well marked though. Not physically hard but wish I wore long pants due to all the brush.

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Martha Nziramasanga
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Hiking

We hiked here (with our 5 y/o & 2 y/o) for the first time on Christmas Day. We ended up staying for over 4 hours I think. We hiked the Blue Wing trail for the most part until we hiked off the path to head towards the lake. Though there was next to no water in many places it was just beautiful, other worldly! We came upon a sweet gum tree that had fallen over and broken another tree in half. We found so many different kinds of moss, lichen, and many beautiful mushrooms we'd never seen in person. There were also toads everywhere. It was quite an adventure. We can't wait to go back!

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Kyle Saltsgaver
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Mountain biking

Tried to ride this trail last year and it was in pretty poor shape has it been repaired

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David Golden
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Hiking

Just rode this one lady weekend (5 may 2012) there are several trees across the last section of trail that you have to carry your bike over or around through the woods. All in all though a fun escape into the woods and not bad for the 1 dollar park entry fee.

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Jennifer Donner
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This is 4 oneway trails that form about a 10 mile loop.

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Johnnie Beadle
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