Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
2 days ago

Perfect hike for March. Saw deer, squirrels, and turtles. Dogwoods were in bloom.

hiking
2 days ago

WOW - what a great trail! Incredible variety of geology for Louisiana - from rocky outcroppings to sandy-bottomed steams with cold, clear running water. A mostly easy to follow trail (I’m glad I had this app for a few sections) through old-growth pine forest with some hardwoods mixed in. Blooming wild azaleas and dogwoods round out the scenery. A few modest climbs but all in all, an easy hike through some beautiful scenery.

hiking
3 days ago

Late March hike - perfect conditions. Wild azaleas and dogwoods in full bloom. Gently rolling trail through mixed pine/hardwood/magnolia forest. Follow the lake shore with good views. Trail is open to foot traffic and bikes. Highly recommend.

hiking
5 days ago

We did a day hike of this trail in March 2019, we loved it. It was very clean and very well marked. Some hills offered some challenge, and a few places were muddy but we just hiked off to the side. There were beautiful, fresh spring streams. Watch your step for fire ants, but we didn’t see any hogs or mosquitoes (in March!).

great trail. Lots to see. Deer, pigs, squirrels, rabbits, armadillos, otters, alligators, wood ducks. Lots of wild flowers blooming right now. spiderwort, phlox, crossvine, morning glory, wild violets, wood sorrel.

backpacking
9 days ago

it's a decent trail. we started at the east landing trailhead and hiked to campsite 2 the first day, and finished the loop the following day.

day 1, it rained on us all day. east side of the lake had some flooded areas, but nothing past knee level.

once we got closer to the south landing, the trail was less standing water, but sticky mud instead. we chose to road walk from south landing to an emergency exit that led to campsite 2 to avoid some of the mud.

day 2 was mostly dry along the north side of the lake.

We saw a fox! pretty sure we heard a hog, but not positive.

This trail not cared for like others. I would say it's primitive. Horses had been through recently and made ruts. It was muddy and slippery. I wrenched my ankle trying not to fall. We tried to make it to the vista view but turned around because the only thing we were seeing is where to step.

hiking
12 days ago

Pros: wide trail, able to hike side by side, few rocks to trip us up
Cons: same view for 1/4 mi, no maps to advise, rather boring
To be fair, it was our last trail of the day and without a wow factor, we gave up.
Trail was high and dry which was welcome after Turpentine Hill.

hiking
bugs
13 days ago

camping
off trail
1 month ago

Any type one diabetics out there who hiked and camped this trail ? I’m going to get my service pup conditioned and myself as well on the trails here for prep of epic hike soon ! Just curious how you attacked it or if there any other type ones out there ?

hiking
1 month ago

Took my 6 year old son on his first overnight back packing trip. He had a blast. Trail is easy to stay on well marked. Plenty of campsites for both hammock and tents. We stayed in 3 hammocks and had plenty of room. Water is hard to find and only available at the streams you crossed about half way in. Water level at this time was about 6"s. Some spots of the trail got muddy from the hogs but was easy to get around or pass.
Will definitely be returning being its only 3 hours from the house and easy for my 38 pound son with a 10 pound pack to manage.

on Backbone Trail

hiking
1 month ago

One of the few trails in Louisiana that is not flat. This trail has some hills for viewing surrounding distance. Trail is well defined and blazed. Additionally, there are some choice campsites and an excellent cool, crisp and soft sandy stream crossing. Bring water shoes or just wade across barefoot as sand feels soothing medicinally to the feet afterwards. Thought I had a pedicure (-: One does have to walk along the road for several miles to complete the loop back to trailhead, but traffic on road is sparse, plenty of space to step off and drivers all were nice to pull to opposite side of road as they went by; and most all waved (-:

hiking
muddy
off trail
1 month ago

will try again. muddy

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
off trail
rocky
1 month ago

Had such a great time! 10.5 miles to make a full loop (including 2.5 of those on the side of the road). Scenery and terrain changes beautifully! At about 4 miles in coming from the north trailhead, the trail straight disappears. My friends and I had to trudge through thick woods for a solid quarter mile before running into the creek, which led us southeast to the trail crossing.

wonderful louisiana trail!
rocky and sandy and surprising views.
several great campsites along the way.
we started at the "end" (trailhead opposite of the caroline dorman trailheal parking lot) and roadwalked 2ish miles to the caroline dorman/backbone trailhead.

We got road walking out of the way first, and the first section of the trail had the scenic hilly views. there were about 3 water crossings. after a serious rain, the 3rd water crossing was hip level, but passable.

after the 3rd crossing, there was a beautiful overlook. the rest of the trail was a little bland, but glad we saved that section for when we were tired and could be on autopilot.

i found the hilly section to be very poorly marked.

Very runnable and very well marked. Rooty but Not terribly technical. Nice wide trails and well maintained. I followed only yellow blazes for 4.75 miles out and back. I wanted to keep going but was limited on time. Not too much elevation on my route, although hilly enough to slow you down a bit. Loved it and will be back!!

Great day. Trail is in hood condition despite recent rain. Campground closed due to government shutdown.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and rugged!! Was a bit wet after all the rainfall the few days before, but was quite the adventure. One part of the “creek” was too high to cross, so we waded in the water to continue on (water came above the knee). Will definitely re-home!!

backpacking
2 months ago

This a beautifully-rugged trail located in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness area. The landscapes seen on this trail are unique for Louisiana. There are several great campsites along the way, some are off on a side trails, don't get lost on one of the numerous game trails. The tread way can be rough in areas where the boars have been rooting around and is rocky is some areas. There is one fairly large creek to ford and a couple of small ones, most are located on the southern end of the trail. I have heard coyotes at night but have never seen any, nor have had any problems with wildlife attempting to steal food. This is one of my favorite trails in Kisatchie and recommend people try it least once. It can be done in a day, but that's no fun. Spending the night on this trial can offer some amazing sunsets/sunrises and star filled night skies.

hiking
2 months ago

Well kept and well marked trail for Louisiana!

Tough part is you MUST reserve a primitive campsite (there are 6) and its first cole first serve. Driving 3hrs from NOLA had me worried but we got #6 which was a nice 13mi hike in from southern trail and and finished up around 12 the following day

now... after a rain this trail is an absolute mess as some points. near mile 8 we ended up road walking along the trail to avoid thick mud up to our knees after walking through water up to our shins during mile 7.

You can definitely hear cars about 50% of the trail and parts take you right by boat launches so you are not exactly miles from civilization so there is that. but not that bad and you still feel secluded in some parts. kudos to the team taking care of the trail with some handy board walks over water

Saw one white tail dear and that was it

First trip to Louisiana, very disappointing in lack of trail maps, takes magnifying glass to read and leads all to guess work. Trail itself was unmaintained.

Easy trail, geocache located near a bridge.

For a Louisiana hike, this was one really nice. We met several visitors out of the central Louisiana area along the way. Had to wade through a creek at the time of the hike (Spring break, 2018)

hiking
2 months ago

spent a beautiful Louisiana afternoon hiking the blue trail. there was a Christmas event happening also. I got to see santa!

very neat trail, be sure to wear proper footwear

3 months ago

Cool little trail. If you break it up for a weekend I would camp up north rather than south. Also note that the blazes CHANGE colors. Red, white, orange, yellow.... it's the same trail but we definitely stopped in our tracks at one point and wasted a half hour making sure we were still on the backbone. Pretty easy fix if you ask me....

Good trail here. I'm not sure why this is rated easy when 9 miles of the trail is Kincaid Loop which is rated moderate. The correct path is Wild Azalea -> Lamotte Trail -> Kincaid Loop. I'm not sure what Lamotte is rated but I would guess it's probably moderate. All in all, you complete Lamotte Trail (twice) and fully complete Kincaid Loop. Kincaid Loop is where it got tough for us. We did 10 miles one day, camped, and then hiked out the next day. Good test for myself and my brother, both beginner hikers.

very enjoyable hike this morning. trail is in good shape but there is a lot of standing water due to recent rains.

backpacking
4 months ago

Great trail! Many people from relatively flat Louisiana May be surprised by this beautiful piece of the Kisatchie Forest that features rocky hills and scenic overlooks. The trail is in good shape and Fall colors give you plenty of scenery along the way. Be prepared for walking on rocky terrain, fairly steep ascents and descents, and creek crossings. Perfect for an overnighter or a long weekend.

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