Wild Azalea Trail

MODERATE 37 reviews
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Wild Azalea Trail is a 23.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Woodworth, Louisiana that features a lake 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.

DISTANCE
23.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1745 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bridge out

bugs

muddy

over grown

hiking
7 months ago

Went in mid-May for a 3-day backpack trip. Had a little rain, but def a beautiful trail with great spots for hammock camping. Plenty of water sources.

backpacking
9 months ago

Did the 48 mile out and back from Woodworth a couple weekends ago. I started on March 10th at about 16:00 and came back on the 11th at almost 22:00, so about 30 hours total. The trail was really nice, just a lot of woods, and not much to see, but very peaceful. Like the other review says, there was no water for about the first 5 miles out of Woodworth but after that, all the creeks were flowing well. The trail was really muddy at a lot of parts, so make sure you plan for having soggy shoes. I camped near the Castor Creek area, and not too many bugs were around. Over the last 2 miles before I got back to my car I saw 3 of the biggest bobcats I've ever seen, eyes easily 2 feet above the ground, so that was really cool.

backpacking
10 months ago

went January 26th 2017 came out on the 27th, started in woodworth and did a in and out overnight hike. Did not complete the whole trail, i hiked 6 miles out and back tracked back to my car. Was a well established trail with lots to see, it was really beautiful out there.

backpacking
10 months ago

A very good trail for Louisiana. We did the trail (one way) over 3 days as a shakedown for Philmont. We will likely do the trail again.

Water... you can filter water along the trail in a couple of locations. So plan it through.

hiking
10 months ago

A few questions:

Is there any path to make a day-hike loop out of this?
And which parts of the trails are best for each of the following?
-Hilly terrain
-Flowers
-Water

hiking
10 months ago

This is not a review but a question, is there a service for dropping off the hikers and then taking the car to the other end? Thanks~

backpacking
11 months ago

A did the trail a few years back. Good trail to work out any backpacking kinks before hitting more technical trails out of state.

trail running
Sunday, January 08, 2017

Good rolling hills. Not too technical.

mountain biking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Took my cyclocross bike out and rode most of the trail, really enjoyed the long flowing stretches on the bike and the challenges the more technical sections of trail provided. The pine needles and leaves made the trail slick and obscured some ground obstacles otherwise I'd recommend sections for kids to mountain bike and trail running. Had a lot of fun.

hiking
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

This is not how I hiked the trail, I got off the Wild Azalea Trail to a loop and back to the start point to allow hikers to find a 8 mile trail with a loop to return to the parking area. Not sure why All Trails changed me track. I will not spend the time uploading, when they change my track. Ferdara

backpacking
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Hiked this trail in mid April. Very well marked. You can see one blaze from the other. Trail is well maintained. Saw a couple of other people, but not many. Hiked 13 miles the first day and camped then finished it up. The first half of the trail is pretty easy. The middle has a few ups and downs. And the finish is not that bad.

hiking
Monday, April 18, 2016

This is the first trail I hiked in quite a few years. It was very enjoyable, not too difficult for a 52 year old flatlander. We saw several wild horses. I posted some pictures of these. The flora was impressive. Beautiful hardwoods, pines, and cypress trees. The wild azaleas were also in bloom. My GPS recorded the trail at 25.9 miles.

hiking
Saturday, April 09, 2016

My wife, two teenagers, two dogs, and I did the trail last month for Spring break. Three days, but we didn't make the full 48 mile out and back from Woodworth. The trail is gorgeous, with nice views even through woodlands. There are plenty of spots to camp off the trail, and plentiful water except for the first 5 or so miles out of Woodworth. Beautiful wild flowers, and we even saw a large herd of feral pigs! No mosquitos to speak of but we did have to frequently check for ticks, especially with the dogs. All in all a really great and not-too-demanding backpacking trail

hiking
Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Just finished a 32 mile hike on this trail.This is the first time I visited this trail and I was very impressed on how well the the trail is maintained. The trail was highly visible with well placed, yellow, diamond shaped markers that are also reflective for night hikes. The trail heads were equipped with a map center with plenty of maps and info for both experience and new hikers. Last but not least, the bathrooms were clean and had plenty of T.P. A big thanks to all that take a part in keeping this trail beautiful. great job, i will definitely be back.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Good for mileage. Not difficult at all. Peaceful and good water sources. Did the in and out (48mi) in 2 days. Camping was great. Lots of firewood available.

trail running
Tuesday, January 05, 2016

WAT is a fantastic trail system. The trail is marked every half mile starting at Valentine Lake Day Use Recreation Area. Park there and follow the blue diamonds to the yellow diamonds. There is about a mile and a half to get to the WAT but well worth it because if gives you a great view of the small Valentine Lake. WAY has nice rolling hills. This is GREAT trail for running and mountain biking. Camping is allowed all along the trail. This is one of Louisiana's hidden gems.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Extremely well maintained trail with plenty of flowing creeks so no worries about packing your water in. The terrain here is very moderate but you'll be going up and down a lot of ridges. I'd recommend beginning your hike at the Valentine Lake Recreation. Much easier to find and you can park right at the trail head. Overall and awesome trail for beginners or seasoned hikers, just go before it gets too hot during the summer.

hiking
Friday, March 28, 2014

Was a great trail, but to have to attend to the marks. Hiked over two days, pretty impressive hills for Louisiana. Evidence of wild hogs nothing else. Late winter so just a few early blooms. Great experience

hiking
Monday, March 03, 2014

There's a gravel parking lot at the Woodworth trail head, so the hike through town can now be skipped. There is evidence of a brush fire from before fall of 2013, and every pine needle between the first crossing of Castor Plunge Rd (5.5 miles from the trail head) to FS277 is burned, making for a unique scenery (and campfire smell). There is no easily accessible water for the first 5 miles, after which there are numerous flowing streams. The trail is well marked and easy to follow. Wild horses (and their manure) can be spotted along the trails if you're lucky, though the horses spook easily. There are campsites at Little Loving Creek (about 5 miles in) though some are in a marshy area, and the others were in the brush fire. There are other established sites, complete with rock fire rings, easily accessible water, and no pine needle ashes, about half a mile further down the trail, across 277 at Castor Creek in a hardwood forest.

hiking
Sunday, September 15, 2013

Trail is very pretty with some hills and some creeks and streams to see. One part of the 24 mile stretch is in town and is about 1.5 miles long. I don't care for the in town part but the woodlands is good. I did see deer and a large turkey on the hike.

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