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Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Park Nature Trails

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Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Park

Walter B. Jacobs Memorial Park Nature Trails is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Blanchard, Louisiana that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

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Please note that this trail is only open Wednesday - Sunday. Small park with 7 short trails that are well marked with signs and nature trivia throughout. Benches allow for a good relaxing walk in the woods. There is a museum as well. Park is occasionally used by local orienteering society.

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Reviews (27)
Photos (29)
Recordings (16)
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Mallory Huffstickler
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HikingBugs

Great trail. Maps easily available and trails well marked. Made it a little less than 3 miles after seeing deer pen and aviary. Quite a few spider webs but that’s not unusual. Will bring my dog next time for sure.

Craig McCloskey
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Hiking

All the reviews were spot on but I was too hopeful the comments about being muddy were after a rain. Unfortunately we faced the same conditions of mud, mosquitos and closing early. We almost got locked in. Who closes hiking trails at 5:00 on a Friday night? The one warning I didn’t read on other reviews was about being covered in ticks. We spent the evening disposing of ticks on us and the dog. I would not recommend this place.

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Matthew Frybarger
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HikingMuddy
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Ken Stephens
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HikingMuddy
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Tammy Cox
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Hiking

Nice trails. Great for all ages. If people come to this place out needs help. There needs to be some up keep on it and benches would be nice for the young at heart that like to get off the beaten path. There is some birds in cages on you left as you enter the park. All in all we liked it and will be back.

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Dora Federico
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HikingBugsMuddy

Great trail, wear pants and long sleeves since there are too many mosquitoes. Very thankful to the visitors center for providing mosquito repellent

Todd Preimesberger
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Hiking

Better in the winter when cold and dry. Never seen so much poison ivy in my life. Many fallen trees and overgrown trails.

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Keri Tanner
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HikingBugsMuddy

ok trail. Very easy. Very well marked. Pretty muddy but it rained a few days before. Covered with poison ivy.

Ken Morris
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Aaron Gates
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HikingMuddyOff trailWashed out

I love this particular trail system. It makes for an enjoyable hike through a very scenic area. This review covers the Caddo and Audubon Trails at Walter B. Jacobs Park. The two major downsides here are the muddy trail and the park hours. As with many hiking trails here in the Ark-La-Tex, after even a mild rainstorm, trails can become muddy to the point of being impassable in a lot of places. I had to go slightly off-trail several times because of the water and mud on the trail. Without sun, these conditions can persist for weeks after even mild rain. Second, the hours are very difficult for people who don't have ordinary work schedules. Such a big site like this should have the trails open seven days a week and with more of a sunrise to sunset operation hours. Not saying the visitor center, but at least the trails. Other than the two issues mentioned, this really is a good network of hiking trails and a good way for locals to enjoy the natural environment without getting too far from Shreveport-Bossier City.

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Daelene McComic
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Wesley McCutcheon
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HikingMuddy
Wesley Pepitone
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Hiking

There are 7 interconnecting trails at this park all marked by name & color. This .gpx file seems to be most of the Caddo/Green trail which is somewhat of an outer loop. Recommend getting a trail map before you start

Marianne Bassinger
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Hiking

The trail is nice and ground is soft. I hiked this trail yesterday 8-18-18. Take bug spray or take advantage of what they have by the entrance to the visitors center. Take a map ,which they provide and pay attention to the trail signs. Very easy trail.

Stephanie Gilbert
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We love this place. We take half day trips to get out of the city and enjoy a quick trail Super convenient to Shreveport. Great for kids. Dog friendly.

Martha Nziramasanga
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Walking

For adults hiking this place is OK. If you're going on an outing for the purpose of learning and getting out with your KIDS I'd give it 4 stars! We've been twice (once for a talk on Louisiana snakes and once to hike & explore) and my kids had a blast. Inside: -snakes, turtles, touch and feel table, insect and nest displays. -Stage with puppets. -Wooden toys -Reading nook w/ benches Outside: Lost of wonderful birds and simple but fun trails.

Lindsay Attaway
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Hiking

I had a great time hiking Walter B. Jacobs with my dog, but if you go, beware the mud! It had rained about 36 hours before I visited, and there was mud *everywhere*. And there were clouds of mosquitoes. In case you forget your OFF, though, there's a box full of it attached to the front of the interpretive building. Take advantage! Also, it's spring, and the orb weavers are out. No one had hiked the Caddo Trail in a few days, and there were a lot of webs across the trail. Lots of the signs need some serious TLC. But we had a great time! There's tons of shade, so it'll be a great place to visit in summer when it's hot and hasn't rained in a while. It was a bit of a challenge, but only because it's rainy springtime. Otherwise, it's an easy hike. I'll be going back very soon.

Halley Rachal
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Bird Watching

This park just seems really run down to me. The trails are not well marked. Mostly flat short trails. There are some good birds that can be seen in this area though if you like birding. If you are looking for good walking trails and birding I recommend checking out the Red River Wildlife Refuge instead.

Brad N.
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Ross Tompkins
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Kim Cox
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Hiking
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Dora Federico
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Hiking
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Taz Taz Hernandez
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Fernanda Mascarenhas
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Vanessa Malone
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Bill Jones
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