Longleaf Vista Road to Backbone Trail

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Longleaf Vista Road to Backbone Trail is a 10.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mora, Louisiana that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 10.6 miles Elevation Gain: 646 feet Route Type: Loop

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Many may be surprised by the beautiful piece of the Kisatchie Forest that features rocky hills and scenic overlooks. The trail is in good shape and Fall colors give you plenty of scenery along the way. Be prepared for walking on rocky terrain, fairly steep ascents and descents, and creek crossings. Perfect for an overnighter or a long weekend. Also note that the blazes change colors but they are all the same trail.

hiking
rocky
1 day ago

Hiked w/ full packs preparing for AT hike later this summer. Good trail with a good elevation (for Louisiana). Hiked in mid-June-hot & humid. Occasional cloud cover & breezes made it tolerable. There were a few good campsites which would make this a nice overnight hike in fall/winter

hiking
2 months ago

Was impressed at the terrain change being that it’s Louisiana. Hiked it twice. Nice training grounds for longer distance hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Loved this trail, I wasn't crazy about walking down the highway for the last 2 miles of it, but other than that it was great. There are only really a few spots that I would call scenic, but the scenery always felt like it was changing back and forth from hilly rocky patches to low woody patches, to a few sandy or swampy spots.

hiking
3 months ago

WOW - what a great trail! Incredible variety of geology for Louisiana - from rocky outcroppings to sandy-bottomed steams with cold, clear running water. A mostly easy to follow trail (I’m glad I had this app for a few sections) through old-growth pine forest with some hardwoods mixed in. Blooming wild azaleas and dogwoods round out the scenery. A few modest climbs but all in all, an easy hike through some beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 months ago

Pros: wide trail, able to hike side by side, few rocks to trip us up Cons: same view for 1/4 mi, no maps to advise, rather boring To be fair, it was our last trail of the day and without a wow factor, we gave up. Trail was high and dry which was welcome after Turpentine Hill.

hiking
4 months ago

Took my 6 year old son on his first overnight back packing trip. He had a blast. Trail is easy to stay on well marked. Plenty of campsites for both hammock and tents. We stayed in 3 hammocks and had plenty of room. Water is hard to find and only available at the streams you crossed about half way in. Water level at this time was about 6"s. Some spots of the trail got muddy from the hogs but was easy to get around or pass. Will definitely be returning being its only 3 hours from the house and easy for my 38 pound son with a 10 pound pack to manage.

hiking
4 months ago

One of the few trails in Louisiana that is not flat. This trail has some hills for viewing surrounding distance. Trail is well defined and blazed. Additionally, there are some choice campsites and an excellent cool, crisp and soft sandy stream crossing. Bring water shoes or just wade across barefoot as sand feels soothing medicinally to the feet afterwards. Thought I had a pedicure (-: One does have to walk along the road for several miles to complete the loop back to trailhead, but traffic on road is sparse, plenty of space to step off and drivers all were nice to pull to opposite side of road as they went by; and most all waved (-:

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

will try again. muddy

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

Had such a great time! 10.5 miles to make a full loop (including 2.5 of those on the side of the road). Scenery and terrain changes beautifully! At about 4 miles in coming from the north trailhead, the trail straight disappears. My friends and I had to trudge through thick woods for a solid quarter mile before running into the creek, which led us southeast to the trail crossing.

5 months ago

wonderful louisiana trail! rocky and sandy and surprising views. several great campsites along the way. we started at the "end" (trailhead opposite of the caroline dorman trailheal parking lot) and roadwalked 2ish miles to the caroline dorman/backbone trailhead. We got road walking out of the way first, and the first section of the trail had the scenic hilly views. there were about 3 water crossings. after a serious rain, the 3rd water crossing was hip level, but passable. after the 3rd crossing, there was a beautiful overlook. the rest of the trail was a little bland, but glad we saved that section for when we were tired and could be on autopilot. i found the hilly section to be very poorly marked.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful and rugged!! Was a bit wet after all the rainfall the few days before, but was quite the adventure. One part of the “creek” was too high to cross, so we waded in the water to continue on (water came above the knee). Will definitely re-home!!

backpacking
5 months ago

This a beautifully-rugged trail located in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness area. The landscapes seen on this trail are unique for Louisiana. There are several great campsites along the way, some are off on a side trails, don't get lost on one of the numerous game trails. The tread way can be rough in areas where the boars have been rooting around and is rocky is some areas. There is one fairly large creek to ford and a couple of small ones, most are located on the southern end of the trail. I have heard coyotes at night but have never seen any, nor have had any problems with wildlife attempting to steal food. This is one of my favorite trails in Kisatchie and recommend people try it least once. It can be done in a day, but that's no fun. Spending the night on this trial can offer some amazing sunsets/sunrises and star filled night skies.

5 months ago

For a Louisiana hike, this was one really nice. We met several visitors out of the central Louisiana area along the way. Had to wade through a creek at the time of the hike (Spring break, 2018)

6 months ago

Cool little trail. If you break it up for a weekend I would camp up north rather than south. Also note that the blazes CHANGE colors. Red, white, orange, yellow.... it's the same trail but we definitely stopped in our tracks at one point and wasted a half hour making sure we were still on the backbone. Pretty easy fix if you ask me....

7 months ago

very enjoyable hike this morning. trail is in good shape but there is a lot of standing water due to recent rains.

backpacking
7 months ago

Great trail! Many people from relatively flat Louisiana May be surprised by this beautiful piece of the Kisatchie Forest that features rocky hills and scenic overlooks. The trail is in good shape and Fall colors give you plenty of scenery along the way. Be prepared for walking on rocky terrain, fairly steep ascents and descents, and creek crossings. Perfect for an overnighter or a long weekend.

hiking
7 months ago

Started at the Southern entrance near the C.D. Trailhead. Was marked very well the first mile, but I lost the trail about 2.5 miles in. I don’t know if I took a wrong turn or there weren’t blazes at that point. Bushwhacked a bit to match up with the trail according to this app, but the trail was not there. At that point I was discouraged and headed back (which was tricky). Decided to hike into the Caroline Dorman trail, which was very well marked.

7 months ago

Great Louisiana Trail. Pine Forrest, sandstone rocks and a couple creek crossings. Trail is well marked and fairly clean.

7 months ago

Moderate trail some difficulty, had fun ,enjoyable .

backpacking
8 months ago

First cool day of fall. Great hike after such a hot summer. The trail was a bit overgrown, a little tight in a spot or two, from summer growth, but no big problems. Camped at an overlook of Bayou Cypre...had a great sunrise.

hiking
11 months ago

park at the caroline dorman trail and begin the trail there. End the trail at the other side and walk down the hiway downhill.

hiking
Sunday, June 17, 2018

I did this trail as a day and it was more intense than I expected but still not bad. there are some areas where it seems a bit over grown and a few areas where its hard to tell what direction to go. 4G coverage and LTE every once in a while on the trail. I would recommend doing this trail in the cooler months of the year. mosquitos weren't a problem but I still brought insect repellant and sunscreen. walking sticks help a lot on this trail. I don't know to recommend doing the road walk before or after. I started from the northern trail head and ended at the southern trail head. the second half of the trail had a lot of steep ups. while the first had a lot of gradual downward inclines. I recommend starting from the southern trail head so you have steep downs instead of steep up. that just seems like it would be easier. its hard to go on these hikes and pay attention to everything thats around you because you spend most of the time looking don to watch where you step. try to look up every once in a while and find a trail marker. they don't stand out to well but they're, there.if you think your getting lost do not keep going forward turn around and carefully retract your steps until you find the trail then asses the situation. bring a backpack with plenty of water. at least 3 liters per person, walking sticks, bug spray sunglasses, and do this in cooler temps. not 93 degrees and humid.

hiking
Thursday, May 03, 2018

This is one of my favorite trails in the state! It's great for a simple day hike, or for a weekend backpacking trip when you hike it with the Carloine Dormon. as other's have said, the water situation is scarce, but you can easily carry enough for the day.

Monday, February 26, 2018

nice Trail just wish it was longer I'm didn't go on the road

Friday, January 26, 2018

First more serious hike. The parts where the trail became uncertain, there was always a marker close by. Some of the hills were fairly difficult, but overall was a moderate hike. Beautiful, not entirely well maintained, however nothing was an issue with getting through the trail.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Best kept secret in Louisiana.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Great day hike! I will be back!

backpacking
Monday, November 13, 2017

Beautiful trail. Great for beginners!

backpacking
Sunday, November 12, 2017

Beautiful trail! Easy to follow, with moderately challenging landscapes. Perfect for a one night stay back packing trail.

hiking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pretty fun trail, I don't recommend hiking it in the summer.. alot of trashed campsites and possible hobos on the way so be aware.

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