Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

I walked the full loop today. Came out to 5.2 miles. The path is easy to read with virtually no elevation changes. Plenty to look at, no problem for any age. Half is a walk in the woods other half is on a dirt road. Would definitely use bug juice in warmer months.

Love this singletrack trail!! Even after several visits, it still doesn't disappoint. Be sure to pack a tent and stay the weekend. The trails consist of the primary trail and a beginner trail. The primary trail is approx. 10 miles and has a little bit over everything such as, switchbacks, fast downhills, jumps, straight hill-climbs, etc... The beginner is a great place to start if you're just looking for an easy off-road ride or new to MTB'ing. There are also hikers/trail runners on the trail at times so everyone watch out for each other :)

17 days ago

Really cool swamp trail but a section was closed, preventing walking it as a loop, and another section was also completely flooded and impassable. I talked to a ranger that said it is actually a pond year round so unless you are prepared and geared up to wade 100-400 meters don’t be surprised if you have to turn back instead of completing it as a loop.

I did see a gator, deer, squirrels, and a couple pretty big snakes along the trail. Pretty decent wildlife viewing.

Enjoyed our quick hike at Sam Houston! First hike of the spring. Weather was nice and warm finally. The beginning of the Orange Trail was a bit muddy. The trail was clear on the river side. Saw one cottonmouth, little garter snake, wood ducks, squirrels, frogs and turtles. Still pretty rough looking from last year's flooding, but close to the house and a nice trail. Looking forward to coming back when we have more time to do the longer trail. Only saw one other couple walking, super nice. Enjoyed our morning walk! Spring time is here! Watch for snakes and roots.

Easy hike with kids. Wish I could bring the dog!

29 days ago

Pretty mellow. Not very well kept. Saw some garbage and when we picked it up, the trash can was locked so we just had to set it outside. Our girls caught (and released) a little frog which was exciting to them.

Wonderful, easy trail with tons of history, flora and fauna. We saw a few gators off the trail too...so beware.

Beautiful weather for a short hike. Saw three large alligators in the two canals.

It was really fun! It was muddy when we went but still a good trail for the BR area.

It was actually a great hike. I wouldn’t recommend right after it has rained a lot because the trail was cut off by the river. If you had a good pair rain boots this is get! It was a good easy hike and fun! (:

1 month ago

2 months ago

Nice out and back trail with good opportunities for birdwatching, foraging, and camping. At points the road joins the trail causing a bit more trash to show up, but overall very accessible, peaceful, and well-maintained.

Easy hiking but not much to see in December. Cooler weather made it pleasant nonetheless.

2 months ago

this is very nice.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Careful after rain. Those bridges get slick. Busted my butt when my tires slid on the bridge decking. Roots get slippery too.

2 months ago

Nice short walk. I saw a pair of bald eagles, I believe they have a nest nearby.

I went in December, a tough time to see gators, but the armadillos, amazing birds, and cool vegetation made it all worth the trip!

scenic driving
3 months ago

Great drive, sightseeing. Nice tour of the home, wonderful gardens to walk through. Jefferson Cafe is a great little place to have lunch, especially on a nice day outside on the patio. Wife and I recommend a cup of seafood bisque, it’s delicious.

3 months ago

Beautiful trail, but be prepared for a hilly hike. We have been hiking about 13 mikes at other trails and having no problems and then tried this trail today and saw a big difference on our endurance level. Much slower pace due to the up and down path. Will hike this trail again for the scenery and physical challenge.

road biking
3 months ago

Great for long, relaxed bike rides and runs. A good cycling community shows up almost every weekend day.

Nice and easy to navigate trail features a railroad, sand river beach and giant bamboo! Highly recommended!

It is a magical place but definitely “ Easy” strolling trail. Fabulous peacocks. Raccoons, fish jumping & the exotic gardens with many fountains & statuary are phenomenal. Great place to picnic. Grab a plantation home tour of actor Jefferson.

trail running
4 months ago

Nice Loop to run if camping at Lake Kincaid Campground

Easy and clearly marked trails..
Not quiet though, lots of people... But a very nice park all in all

mountain biking
5 months ago

It was very nice!

Very nice garden with peacocks, a tea house, bird cages, statues, a few fountains, and a few buildings. A restaurant overlooks the lake. Yearly memberships are very affordable. Tour of the house is available.

Nice trail to run and ride a mountain bike on. Deer flies in the summer hurt like heck, but if you keep a 7 minute per mile pace they lose interest and don't chase you far

Love this place. Great for birding.

7 months ago

Trail had over grown grass and it was difficult to complete. So we turned around and walked the pavement instead, which was a short walk. Best part was seeing some wildlife..gators, snakes, tons of bunnies, birds, butterflies and some interesting insects.
FYI - pools aren't open anymore but there is a "splash area" with water shooting out the ground for kids to play in. And they still have tons of picnic tables & RV hook ups. Restrooms were clean..that's always a big plus!

Overall a very nice hike for me and Renee. We will definitely go back and do it again. Would recommend it.

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