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Favorite place to go and think. You can bring cat food/ dog food and feed the turtles in spring and summer.

wanted to write a review so hikers/runners/bikers could get an update since the spillway was flooded back in amarch.
Today (4/22/18) I ran/walked the trail. The 1st half runs along the waters edge and since it is the high part of the trail and receives plenty of sunshine, it was 90% runnable/bikeable. The second half, which is the shady low side, was extremely wet and difficult to run. I mostly walked after slipping a few times. i'm hopeful a few more weeks of decent weather will help dry things out.
As for the trail itself, it is a fun trail with the 1st half behind extremely fast. The back half is a little technical with switch backs and some up and downs. The trail is mostly clean but every once in a while root may sneak up on you, so keep your eyes open.
I will try and update in late May.

backpacking
4 days ago

Great trail. plenty of water when I hiked it. Very well marked.

scenic driving
4 days ago

Make sure you read the description. It is a scenic byways, not a hiking trail. The 17.2 miles is all road through some beautiful country. There is a Longleaf Vista Trail (1.5 miles) that loops at the Longleaf Recreation area, but that is not this trail.

Great trail, love the boardwalk into the marsh and huge Live Oak tree. Trail is marked and very well maintained.

Good trail overall, except the day I came I only made it halfway. Trail turned into gumbo near the river and a dead fish was gasping his last breath. Trail is beautiful otherwise.

hiking
5 days ago

Easy little loop trail. This has a thick forest roof that provides a nice shady canopy. There is another trail that veers off of this one, but I didn't bother going down it.

nature trips
5 days ago

This boardwalk trail is similar to the Nature Center Loop Trail. The entire trail is very well maintained. Nice little 0.5 mile walk.

nice little trail next to the Nature Center Loop Trail. There were plenty of birds to be seen. Watch yourself going on and off the boardwalk, it can get pretty slick.

The nature center trail is mainly a boardwalk, but the back end of the loop is hard packed gravel. Be advised, the trail starts at the Nature Center, so go up the boardwalk and around the building. Recommend a little Off spray, but not too bad of a bug issues.

The entire trail is a wooden walkway through a swamp, so it felt pretty immersive. The weather wasn’t too hot, so bugs weren’t a problem. I saw several snakes —too many to count actually, great big frogs, and two 6-7 foot alligators. One was a bit too close for comfort and surprised the heck out of me. I wouldn’t take any small
children on this trail. I also managed to get sunburned despite SPF 50, a hat, and the trail being nicely shaded.

Very quiet and peaceful.

Beautiful

walking
12 days ago

Great paved walking/running loops that are accessible from 5:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. Park is very well maintained and has good lighting for exercising at night.

An easy hike except for some of the steeper parts, but those mostly have stairs. Can be very hot and is largely exposed to the sun, so best enjoyed in the cooler months. Really some of the best scenery in Louisiana and only a few minutes from the I-49.

hiking
17 days ago

Fun time trying out light backpack/hammock/water filtration. Had a huge storm blow over Friday night then the next day it never stopped raining. The temps dropped in the high 30s and wound up pulling myself off the trail at the end and walking forestry road back to the trail head. All in all it was 24 miles of wet walking. Trail angel showed up 1.5 miles from my car. Brice a corrections officer picked me up off of twin bridge road back to the trail head. When I sat in his car and he started driving to the left I finally saw what I had been looking for: a wild horse just hanging out. Would absolutely recommend this as a first hike/run up to a longer trail.

hiking
18 days ago

This is a pretty hike. Well marked. We did a day hike - 3 miles in and back. Some of it is beautiful - some not - when we got to the forest road area - there was what looks like logging - cleared areas of trees. - which caused standing trees to fall in the bad weather over the weekend. Lots of marshy areas - be sure to wear waterproof hiking boots

hiking
18 days ago

beautiful trail, well maintained. several paths to walk to the lake and get better views closer to the water

Did the Orange and River trails today. Slight overcast with a nice relaxing cool breeze. Cardinals, Robins and squirrels all in abundance today. A beautiful day for a hike.

walking
23 days ago

Started from the Visitor Center (currently open Wed - Sun) and took the Palmetto Trail to the Bayou Coquille / Marsh Overlook Trail. The giant blue irises were in bloom! Saw several snakes, many small anoles, a turtle, and an alligator. The alligator was along the Kenta Canal on the Marsh Overlook portion of the trail. The total distance out to the overlook & back was about 4 miles.

Trail starts downtown Shreveport and ends at a loop just passed Shreveport dog park at Stoner Avenue Boat Launch

mountain biking
23 days ago

Trail begins at Diamond Jack Casino and ends at Red River National Wildlife Refuge

mountain biking
23 days ago

Red River will washout parts of trail on occasions.

This is a beautiful boardwalk trail for those who enjoy scenic walks and nature. Great for people of all ages. Trail is next to the museum and there is plenty of paved parking available. The trail is moderately walked and is a little known treasure to the locals. The trail is a couple of miles down the road from the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve.

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This is a very nice trail inside of a very nice park. My husband and I did it this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. The trail has a couple of small areas where it is "hilly" --for Louisiana :) . There were a few spots that were muddy due to recent rain and one small narrow crossing over a very shallow creek but we figured out how to cross without getting wet. I would put bug spray on prior to walking now that we are going into spring/summer.

My son and I hiked the trail without any trouble. It was definitely easy; great for a short day hike! Most of the trail was clearly marked, making navigation super easy. Once you reach the summit, there is a notebook for signing and a vista point!

hiking
26 days ago

did the 30 miles in 3 days 2 nights sleeping in hammocks. amazing hike lost the trail a few times and was a bitter muddy. Awesome time though will plan another trip

walking
26 days ago

not much to look at while walking at the top of the hill/levee dunes and very isolated when walking alone
besides that you have to turn around and walk back and look at the same boring stuff to get back to your car

birding
26 days ago

I've been using this park 4 -5 times per week for the last couple months and now that it's spring it is getting a little bit more crowded. I feel so safe and relaxed while walking alone watching the ducks, geese, turtles.

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