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
8 days 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
8 days 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.

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 walling through water up to our shins during mile 7.

You can definite 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
24 days 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

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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Started at the Southern entrance near the C.D. Trailhead. Was marked very well the first mile, but I lost the trail about 2.5 miles in. I don’t know if I took a wrong turn or there weren’t blazes at that point. Bushwhacked a bit to match up with the trail according to this app, but the trail was not there. At that point I was discouraged and headed back (which was tricky). Decided to hike into the Caroline Dorman trail, which was very well marked.

Great Louisiana Trail. Pine Forrest, sandstone rocks and a couple creek crossings. Trail is well marked and fairly clean.

spend a few hours walking the trail on this rainy day. trail is beautiful this time of year!

More of a hunting trail. Overgrown and marked with blue diamonds spray painted on the trees. Stopped a mile into the trail to turn around.

hiking
2 months ago

My go to trail. It’s 19 miles. I like campsite 1 &3.

live not for i hike at least once a week when weather is nice I see deer squirrels pigs read fox and if you lucky you may see and otter lot of ducks in the winter when you get next to the lake

2 months ago

Moderate trail some difficulty, had fun ,enjoyable .

backpacking
3 months ago

First cool day of fall. Great hike after such a hot summer. The trail was a bit overgrown, a little tight in a spot or two, from summer growth, but no big problems. Camped at an overlook of Bayou Cypre...had a great sunrise.

backpacking
3 months ago

Love this 24 mile National Recreational Trail located in the Kisatchie National Forest. Cold clear spring creeks for water sources. Has some challenging hilly sections. Know as a great shakedown trail before you go on other hikes, I think it’s great for enjoying the awesomeness of his Central Louisiana forest.

I came out here for a trail run and spent a good deal of my run looking for the trail and the rest of it trying not to get bitten by the enormous spiders. This may be a good hiking trail but it’s horrible for running. I was covered with webs and feeling defeated at 3 miles in, when the trail disappeared on me. Ran in a circle for a bit then used my gps to navigate back to my vehicle.

Don’t go, there are better trails available, with better sites to behold. Go to Chicot or Sam Houston

like the trail. over grow. good hike

Easy trail, well marked with blue diamond shaped trail markers. Great view of Kincaid Lake

As many people have told me, this really is a nice park. The grounds are well maintained and the facilities were very clean. Showers were nice and hot. Most of the unpaved trails are for bikes, but we found the short Tree Trail loop that was nice. Only complaint is that there isn’t a separate area for group camping. At 11pm a Boy Scout troop rolled in with a large cargo trailer into tent sites near ours. They weren’t very quiet obviously as hey set up several tents. If you’re and RV camper or mountain bike enthusiast, this is the park for you!

hiking
4 months ago

Very chill trail to unwind. I started at the Valentine Lake rec area and went to the 20 mile marker just past the intersection of Castor Plunge Rd and 212. Mile markers 6-9 have some sweet creeks and so do Mile markers 15-17. Well marked and well traveled so you can go miles without even using the yellow diamonds posted on the trees. Make sure to grab a spider web stick so you aren't getting a face full of Golden Orb Weavers haha. Not the prettiest or most exciting but very relaxing and worth the great workout once or twice. I've done 24 miles (markers 1-12 and back) one time and 20 miles (markers 11-20.5) another time. I've about had my fill of the trail but it would be better with friends of course! My 3L CamelBak lasted about 20 miles in the early August morning because the shade made it a bit cooler. A few good creeks to get water from with my LifeStraw too.
+Bugs didnt bother me too bad and it never got super muddy.
-Low lying veg gets scratchy, narrow in some areas to allow spider webs
I recommend listening to Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on Audible when you do this hike. It was relaxing and a bit enlightening.
Hiked in August 2018

Trail is 19 miles. I did the entire loop, camped at #6 overnight. Great place, not too many hikers, but this is August in South Louisiana. Deer flies were the worst.
Saw a bunch of Armadillos this time and a cool looking snake, but not much else. Two weeks ago I saw 2 sets of deer, a raccoon and a snake. There are also squirrels every time if you look.
This is a great place, I just wish they had more than 6 camp sites. I also bring all my water. I don't think I'd filter that lake water unless I was dying.

Did this trail in June of 2016, beautiful scenery, but fair warning!!!! me and a friend started at lake valentine as the sun was coming up and finished at woodworth around 330pm. NOTICE: the trail is advertised at 23.9 miles, on the website it says 26.2 miles, we brought water for 27 miles and were going to run down (refill water in woodworth) and back for a total of 54 ish miles. We both had GPS trackers and needless to say we ran out of water at 27 miles.... the total length of trail is 36.4 miles!!!! NOT including the 5.4 miles loop around lake valentine. Luckily we’re both military and were able to push through. Just a warning, granted I know most people don’t try to run the whole length.

hiking
6 months ago

park at the caroline dorman trail and begin the trail there. End the trail at the other side and walk down the hiway downhill.

hiking
6 months ago

Went out for a shakedown hike. Started in Woodworth hiked in about 11 miles then turned and came back a couple of miles to a good campsite by water. Trail very well marked, a little overgrown with several trees across trail but nothing too bad. Looking forward to cooler weather. The hike was not bad but it was very hot and muggy at night. Did not see or hear anyone but it was during the week. Will definitely be sharing this trail with my family

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