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hiking
4 days 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.

I haven’t been yet so this is not a review of the trail but a review of some of the reviewers.
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hiking
5 days ago

I did this trail as a day and it was more intense than I expected but still not bad. there are some areas where it seems a bit over grown and a few areas where its hard to tell what direction to go. 4G coverage and LTE every once in a while on the trail. I would recommend doing this trail in the cooler months of the year. mosquitos weren't a problem but I still brought insect repellant and sunscreen. walking sticks help a lot on this trail. I don't know to recommend doing the road walk before or after. I started from the northern trail head and ended at the southern trail head. the second half of the trail had a lot of steep ups. while the first had a lot of gradual downward inclines. I recommend starting from the southern trail head so you have steep downs instead of steep up. that just seems like it would be easier. its hard to go on these hikes and pay attention to everything thats around you because you spend most of the time looking don to watch where you step. try to look up every once in a while and find a trail marker. they don't stand out to well but they're, there.if you think your getting lost do not keep going forward turn around and carefully retract your steps until you find the trail then asses the situation. bring a backpack with plenty of water. at least 3 liters per person, walking sticks, bug spray sunglasses, and do this in cooler temps. not 93 degrees and humid.

It was a great trail. But, you definitely need some bug spray! Overall, my mom and I enjoyed it for our first ever hike! And the hills and elevation are good for a Louisianan’s standards!

I like to use this trail as "training" its perfect 5 miles thats good for breaking in new boots, trying new gear, or stretching your legs to prepare for a bigger or longer trail. Good for kids too just bring a stick to hold out infant of you to knock down spider webs and watch for snakes.

Great trail and one of the only MTB trails in the state. Good with hardtail or F/S.

Note the visitor’s center isn’t open Monday or Tuesday, but you still have access to trails, maps (if needed), restrooms and water. Easy trail/ well maintained boardwalk. Take lots of water (the humidity is unbelievable). We were able to see several alligators and birds. Beautiful flora/fauna. More of a walk/stroll than an actual hike.

Beautiful suburban park. Nice walking track.

The AllTrails map for this area is not actually the place where the old WWII camp is. The allTrails map indicates parking, camping, trails and ATV recreation area. The old camp is actually closer to the entrance on the left side of the road.
Get a map of trails from the parking area and go back to the entrance if you want to see any of the ramains of the old camp.

Easy stroll through the Bayou. We saw six alligators including a large one swimming near the Marsh Overlook. Definitely worth the trip down from NOLA.

hiking
22 days ago

This is a question, not a review:

I plan to solo hike one way through with my dog, that being said my car will be at one end and I'll end up at the other. Is there anyone available to return hikers to their cars at the starting point?

Recently made a trip to Lake Fausse to canoe and hike. The canoe trails were pleasant but we learned that all the hiking trails were closed due to flood damage...which occurred in 2014. If you’re looking to hike look elsewhere.

Love it it’s so peaceful

hiking
28 days ago

Longer than listed (we went 7.15) and lots of brush and trees on the trail. You don’t see the lake except at the starting point. Pretty well marked though. Not physically hard but wish I wore long pants due to all the brush.

Loved all the turns and things to do on this trail. I was pleasantly surprised from coming from Arkansas. However, the horseflies ruled the roost the whole time. God forbid I slowed down or stopped for water. They attacked in numbers. Being repellant, wear some long sleeves or going when it’s cooler outside.

hiking
28 days ago

Walked the trail two days in a row with my dogs. Weekdays at 9am. Only a few other cars; bikers; runners and walkers. Never saw them again, except in parking lot. My two dogs loved it. They broke off the leashes to chase a turtle and they ended up in a murky pond. So, we all used the hoses located at the trailhead to wash off the mud. First day 2 1/2 hours (I think I backtracked a bunch); second day 1 1/2 hours.

This was my first and my go to place to walk. Love it! Very comfortable

hiking
28 days ago

This was my first real hike and it was everything I was looking for. Thanx

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed a nice run along this path the morning after too much food and drink... tried and succeeded in sweating it out of my system.

hiking
1 month ago

This was such a great trail. Our 7 and 3 (almost 4) year olds did a great job! It took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes. There was SO much to see on nice clearly marked trails. We saw deer, beetles, a variety of mushrooms, Christmas lichen (never seen that before), raccoon tracks, and wild berries. There were plenty of spots to sit and take a break. Even on a 90 degree day with 50% we really loved it.

The nature center is a fun stop, bathrooms were nice, and the splash pad was the perfect way to end the day! We will definitely go again!

Nice trail to run. A little technical in spots but nothing too bad. Will be coming back to this one

nature trips
1 month ago

Went yesterday and had a blast on the trail . Got to see lots of wildlife and we had trail just about to ourselves! Do it again every chance I get ! The dog loved it too!

walking
1 month ago

Lovely little trail. We've done it many times. We enjoy walking along the Red river.

walking
1 month ago

This is truly a nice place to walk! If you enjoy fishing, this is the place for you!

Enjoy!

1 month ago

other than the boardwalk the trail is meh.... Make sure you bring a full bottle of OFF. The boardwalk was pretty cool but the actual trail is gravelstone. I would recommend the trail for bird watching.

Such a nice little starter hike! There are beautiful views from sandstone outcroppings, a meandering stretch through pine forest and a damp hike through lowland with a couple small creek crossings. And all of that within a two-mile stretch. Definitely check it out!

1 month ago

Great for families

Love my Blue and Purple Trails (I live 5 minutes from the state park)

Nice easy walk! Don’t forget your bug spray!

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