Explore the most popular beach trails in Louisiana with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

1 day ago

Mid March. First timer from West Monroe. Blazes were marked well and often. I love that there’s mile markers every 1/2 mile. Parked at Valentine lake, paid 2 nights, set my tent up, then hitch hiked to Woodworth. Hiked 2 hours til dark and set up camp at mile marker 18. Heard wolves howling a couple times at night. Next morning, around mile 16, I saw a red wolf. Very pretty. Then hiked all the way to my basecamp at Valentine. Actual hiking time was about 7.5-8 hours. Took a wrong turn at the 488 parking area. Didn’t realize to cross the highway at first. Thanks to all who maintain the trail.

Well marked and beautiful. We were a group of 4 who started at FS 212 and hiked 20 miles. We had a car on the other end at the Lake Valentine Rec area. We did it in 2 nights, started by 5 Friday and were out around noon Sunday.
Such a fun, great weekend that got us out of the city but no long drive. Must do for any louisiana outdoor lover!!

13 days ago

Completed a small section of the trail with my 10 year old son and blue heeler over the weekend. We had a blast! The weather was absolutely perfect. We started on the south side of Castor Plunge at the entrance just NW of FS 212. Our plan was to hike in set up camp and hike back out the following morning. We hiked in to the bridge at the Long Branch creek bottom crossing (approximately 3.6 miles or so from the Jeep). It was gorgeous! We took our time hiking in, exploring and taking breaks to play in the creeks. Lots of water in this section to filter for cooking water. Parts of the trail were muddy but overall the trail was nice and very well marked. We definitely got a good workout with our packs. Would be much easier with a lighter load.
We loved the spot where we camped. Lots of good clear spots in this area to set up camp. Several rock fire rings already present. We wanted a little more privacy off the trail, so put up tent on the other side of the creek. Picked up a few ticks :/, but the mosquitoes were not too bad. The barred owls and spring peepers put on quiet a concert calling for us that night by the fire and all thru the night. My little boy really enjoyed playing in the creek and exploring for critters.
Hiked back out the next morning with less breaks, made it back much faster. The wild azaleas were blooming, still a little early for the dogwoods. Only saw a few blooming on the drive down Twin Bridges. Was hoping to hear some wild turkeys gobbling. Awesome trip and bonding time. Especially since we had no phone service where we set up camp. Nice to unplug! We did not hear a car the entire time and only ran into a few other folks. Not sure the app recorded my track coming back out correctly, service was in and out. It does not look right on my recording and some of the pictures are not in the location where I took them. But overall it was a huge help and enjoy being able to save pics and comments. We will definitely be back. Planning a longer hike to complete more of the trail.

Beautiful views, plenty of spots to sit for a break or just to take in the views. Next to a huge indoor mall...

on Stoner Trail

1 month ago

Nice walk today with my dogs. enjoyed being able to walk the repaired inside trails.

Well maintained trail. The trail floods during heavy rains cutting off most of the trail. Very easy hike.

Had a great time. One of our favorite place for a nice easy hike. Hardly anyone else one the trails today. Saw quite a few deer

on Stoner Trail

2 months ago

Trails have just been worked on. Need folks to get out there!

We were the only people on this trail on 1/5/18. Weather was 29-37 degrees w/partly sunny skies. The trail was well marked with red blazes though it does cross the road a few times, we had no problem picking up the trail. One water crossing that was deeper than ankle deep but there was a fallen tree to go over. Trail was well maintained and no roots invisible under leaves covering the ground.

6.2 loop. Bathroom at the 3 mile point and water available.

2 months ago

Not sure how to change the status but 3.8 miles of trails are re-open! Need people to get out and wear the repaired trails in! The sooner the better!

Great loop trail, with some technical trail running. Well marked, and a bathroom along the way. Saw deer a few times too!

I am definitely going back here, probably to stay overnight. I loved the trail. perfect for a 1 day trip from nola.

Great trail. Lots of spiders. Well marked.

Great trail lots of wildlife and the gorge had some nice views. Needs a few trail markers. The park staff were very helpful pointing out the right paths.

Trail was peaceful, definitely bring bug spray(the wipes worked great), nice scenery, saw turtles, turkeys and a deer. Nice splash pad to cool off. My only complaint is the trail could use more markings. We came to several spots where trails split and directional markings would have helped a lot. We had to backtrack several times.

The trail is beautiful! My husband and I loved it and we will be back! The trail is clearly marked and the scenery is typical of all that south Louisiana has to offer.

Absolutely beautiful trail. It was very clean, clearly marked and very kid friendly. I would say this trail is more EASY than moderate, but that doesn't take away from the gorgeous scenery and random wildlife sightings. This trail is great for beginners, kids, and pets. If you're just starting out and gathering you gear supplies, this is the trail for you. Also, the restroom mid-way was a blessing as well as the numerous spots to sit in the river/creek to cool down. I'll be back, almost every weekend for training and conditioning.

8 months ago

Wonderful immersion in history. You can see steamboats on the Mississippi River. Great walk in a great city.

8 months ago

Completed the riverwalk numerous times, lots of sites to see and love the steamboat - Natchez.

Today was my first and probably my last trip to Bogue Chitto for hiking. Relatively uneventful hike once we cleared the river, the river hike wasn't a nice experience either. The rains from last week were still draining out of the lakes and left huge bog areas that were too deep to cross, we had to back track and go around them.
The hiking area is plain with not much to look at but the biggest issue for me is the graveled trail system. Walking on gravel is not easy and it's everywhere. Some spots the gravel is tolerable and others the gravel is large and difficult to walk on. A long section of the trail system it is right next to the road and you rarely get the feeling that you are in a wooded area because of the traffic. The bugs are typical of Louisiana and "Deep Woods Off" worked fine for us. The system is clean and with the exception of being poorly marked it's well maintained (If you go there to hike the RED blazes are for the main trail.)
The shower room house is clean and was a welcomed sight for us afterwards. Maybe I'll return to fish but I hardly believe at this point I will ever return to hike.
We completed the7 mile loop in 4.5 hours. This includes the back tracking and off trail venturing we did.
Its marked as "Moderate" but in my opinion its an easy hike, with the exception of walking on gravel. :)

Nice enough hike, but a few times the Gorge Run trail puts you out into the road and it's unclear where to pick up the trail again. Some broken fences and platforms- needed repairs. Also, the horseflies were intense- got bitten through my clothes several times in spite wearing repellant. Saw deer, turtle, and rabbits. Pretty views. Liked the elevation changes. Park staff were great.

9 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.

9 months ago

Easy trail with plenty of beach. Beautiful views and great fishing and crabbing. Very peaceful except during annual fishing rodeo in August, it can be a bit crowded.

we hiked the whole trail it was beautiful. Only problem was it rained the night before so the river had flooded on to the trail. at some points it was thigh high deep. Very nice train but just be considerate of the weather.

11 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.

Hiked the whole Gorge Run trail. It's absolutely beautiful, and the trail is well marked - we never felt lost once. We crossed paths with employees there caring for the park twice. We saw a bunch of small creatures, babbling streams, a bit of swamp land, and the river. It's not as primitive as I like, but it's gorgeous: this place is worth a hike at least once. The facilities are nice, and if you hike the whole Gorge Run trail, you'll cross restrooms and trash cans around half way at the lake. If hiking the Lower Gorge Trail, don't forget bug spray. I'll be going back for tubing and canoeing this summer - I expect it'll be way better than tubing at Amite.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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

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