Woodlands Trail

EASY 29 reviews

Woodlands Trail is a 4.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Belle Chasse, Louisiana that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles
19 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips

trail running


wild flowers


The Bottomland Trail is a set of parallel trails (one hiking and one equestrian). They follow along the spoil bank, dip southerly to the NAD loop containing 10 WWII ammunition magazines, and then turn northerly, following along the Donner Canal levee before turning southerly along an intersecting canal that takes you back to the LRT Bridge, 1/2 mile from the trailhead.

1 month ago

This trail Can be hiked as a lollipop with a short stick rather than a simple out-n-back. I hiked this trail heading straight out towards the bunkers and back along the Donner Canal. Coming back the trail is seriously overgrown - did not look like it had been used in many days (for that matter, I did not see a single other hiker anywhere on this Father's Day Sunday afternoon). The trail maps posted alongside the trail by the Conservancy Foundation (bless them though for keeping this site open at all!) are inaccurate, especially as to the piece along the Donner Canal which is not at all a straight line like they depict and also they don't show you get easily get there from the bunkers. If hiking that piece, wear long pants - you could run into a snake in the high growth as I in fact did - a copper-colored one and I did not stick around to find out what kind. Other than that, saw one bunny wabbit, a salamander, two birds (one bright-red) and one squirrel which made me think to my 22 Cal. The hike out & back to the bunkers (creepy!) as shown on AT would be easy and is pretty most of the way, but the way back paralleling the canal was kind of tough and frankly not worth the effort scenically - I kept thinking it would be nice to get off the trail and up to the levee which was occasionally visible. Either way though, a worthwhile hike for its isolation, considering you are less than 1/2 hour drive from downtown NOLA.

5 months ago

k so a few things they don't tell you about this trail. It is not a simple loop trail and the trail maps are crap. Know how to use a compass and give yourself plenty of time for this hike. The woods contain wild pigs and water moccasins, armadillos and cottonmouth snakes. There are also rattlesnakes that don't rattle, a learned behavior to keep from being eaten by wild pigs. I saw wild pig tracks today on the trail. it's beautiful, great bald Cypress trees, mulberry and Ash, among others. It was easy to find a good branch to use for a walking stick. Bring off! spray even if you think you won't need it. It's January and I still got eaten by mosquitoes at sunset. Best to hike with a friend especially if you're new to hiking longer trails that twist and turn and split off. The abandoned car was interesting. Bunkers were creepy and cool. Great informational signage on trees and vines, and I saw some gorgeous birds; a pelican flew down the canal not ten feet from me. Definitely worth it, just be prepared. I went two hours without seeing another person. Do not get stuck out overnight.

7 months ago

Fairly mundane trail. Good signage, including interpretation information and trail markings. Flat and mostly straight, but better than a levee trail. Some shade. Saw dozens of armadillos, a few butterflies, and one opossum. Only one other set of hikers (and dog) on the trail.

Ok walk through the woods. lots of armodillos. the armory was all right. it was easy enough to pack our 9 month old w us in a cheap carrier. meh

8 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Great place to train your soon-to-be skilled adventure cat! It's also a good one to get away from the city for awhile.

Gps took me into a government facility but it's actually the street pass the one it tells you to turn into. There's a big sign that says 'Woodlands Trail.'

10 months ago

First time here. Has walking and horse trail. The walking trail is about 20 feet wide and 95%of all brush cut down, yet this trail is nice as it's 80% shaded from above. It runs parallel to a creek that feeds into the Mississippi River. Even though it rained past week, only a few muddy spots, but can walk around them. At the end of the 2 mile trail is the WWII ammunition depot/bunkers. Thankfully they have not been vandalized. We came across an armadillo, and saw numerous deer and raccoon tracks.

11 months ago

Didn't see as much wildlife as I thought there'd be. But it was great seeing tons of butterflies!

Friday, June 09, 2017

Easy trail. If you make it to the end there are ten old WW2 ammo bunkers that you can go in. They're in great shape, still have the doors and aren't full of water/spraypaint/garbage like you might think. Bring water with you, no where to fill up.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

The trail was really diverse and filled with wildlife.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Great trail! Beautiful! Long enough to really stretch your legs and not too crowded.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A really nice quick hike right outside the big city. A little warm in January and a little buggy but that's not the trail's fault. The WWII ammo magazines were really cool.

Friday, January 20, 2017

A nice, easy, walk through the forest. Lots of wildlife, especially birds. I go several times a month.

Friday, December 30, 2016

This is one of our favorite trails in the New Orleans area. There is tons of wildlife and lots of birds for birding. We look forward to the spring when more amphibians, snakes, and gators come out, but even in the "off-season" this trail is loaded with wildlife for the quiet hiker. The trails are easy and well-marked, it would be tough to get lost.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

AllTrails definitely has the wrong location for this trail. The trail is actually in Belle Chase off of F. Edward Hebert Blvd. Do more research before heading out!

The trail is a very nice loop trail with a lot of great sights: gator, wild hog, armadillo, raccoons, etc. I didn't have enough time to make it to the WWII Ammunitions Bunkers but I will definitely go back to check those out.

The trail is relatively flat and, as others have said, watch out for horse poop. Even when not on a horse trail, there are plenty of places where horses have been on the hiking trails. I gave it only three stars because it is an average trail. Not many natural sights or great amenities, just a standard, good trail. There's nothing wrong with it but nothing Wowed me about it either. There is a good amount of bird species in the area that like to hang around the water which was nice to see.

This is a great trail for birding, hiking, or even picnicking as there is a nice pavilion (although without a table, only benches).

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bottomland TraiI- get bad GPS here, so don't know if it's that, or if AllTrails has a bad location to 'check in'. I've tried right next to the TH and a few randy times on trail, but never seem able to check in.
The main drawback to this trail is the horses. Careful where you step, even on the human side, horse crap is everywhere. Trail also seems to stay muddy and retain water if that's a big deal for you. It seems like a new sign was added because I couldn't find my way to back bridge first time, and while it's shown on the map it, doesn't make it clear that the trails connect with the bridge. I'm also not sure if you're supposed to make the ammo depot trails connect, but I do, it doesn't seem like a trail but you can hack you're way across the back (lost machete back here last weekend good luck if u find it). What I do is go up the human trail to the last depot (u pass the bridge at the main intersection, and also the bridge around 3rd structure). After final structure, cut around the back to get to second row of structures. Start walking back and when u hit the split, go back up the first row of structures, only this time take the bridge to the left, and then work your way back. It will lead you to another bridge (you passed it earlier) which you cross that leads you to main intersection which you then take back to parking area. Nice wide trail in most areas, plenty to see, (the ammo magazines are worth it alone,). Just be careful parking when muddy, easy to get stuck, and watch for horse poo (not as annoying as cyclists ).

Saturday, November 30, 2013

A great little day hike! The weather was nice (65F) and the trail was pretty empty other than my dog and myself. The trail begins along the canal and into the woods starting off pretty wide ,smooth and easily accessible. There are a few markers along the way but not as many as I would have liked, definitely had a couple of hmmmm moments. The WWII structures are really cool but again, watch where you're going. It sort of loops around and instead of going all the way around and over the canal it takes you right back the way you came. Luckily it's pretty. If you feel like you're missing the wildlife, slow down a bit. Lots of huge birds, armadillo and yes, water moccasins. I'd do it again just to figure out how to get to the rest of it....

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