Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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

Awesome paved trail. Did 20 miles on it. Very nice.

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked the trails on 01/12/2019. Great afternoon hike. It had rained the night before and that morning. The trails were dry for the most part. My feet stayed dry in low quarter walking shoes.

There are nice facilities at both ends of the trails (nature center and Carol Darmon Lodge.

The trails were well marked with signs describing the trees and various features and in great condition. I keep saying trails because the loop trail described here consist of several short trails. Add the PawPaw trail to the loop shown in the map above and you will have about 5.5 miles of trails.

I agree with the easy rating for the trails but be aware that there are some hills. My Fitbit logged 38 “floors” or 380 feet of elevation increase.

hiking
5 days ago

I hiked the Lake Bistineau trails with my 7 y/o daughter on 11/17. We enjoyed our time on these easy trails. The park ranger was there and made a very active presence in the park. Lake Bistineau was drawn down but the grounds were still beautiful. Easy hike and well maintained trails is what you will find in Elm Grove.

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!!

This is Segment 4 the Wild Azalea Trail. Don't know why this is listed as Magnolia Forest walk. It goes into the Castor plunge scenic area, which is very beautiful. Old trees, usually full of ferns, with a couple of cold-clear creek crossings.

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.

backpacking
8 days ago

Started at the Kisatchie Bayou campground. I was hiking this as part of the Short Kisatchie Loop (Short 27.6 mile). It had been raining for two solid days a couple of say before I got to this trail. It was still muddy and had a lot of standing/running water on the tread way. Since this trail is used by equestrian traffic and damaged by wild hogs it was a muddy mess. Embrace the suck - I hiked in trail runners and wool socks which worked well for these conditions. A well marked trail with orange diamond blazes and accurate mile markers. The CDT has several beautiful areas worth passing through, Pine forest, wetland bottoms and some other unique landscapes . Several creek crossings, so there are opportunities to get and filter water if need be. There are only a couple of established campsites along the trail, I camped right by mile marker 10. If you are wondering about the Kisatchie loop I mentioned earlier, it is a combination of the Back Bone Trail, Caroline Dorman and Sandstone trail.

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

Simple, quick 1 mile hike. Gravel paved trails. Walked it in roughly 20 minutes. If you want a “hike” I’d go somewhere different.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice, easy trail to hike.

Love this trail. Built by the CCC, it has rustic steps to the top of sandstone buttes, which overlook the pine forest, as well as drops into hardwood wetlands, where the trail is often wet and muddy.

we had a great time.very informative hike easily done even with the wet areas. every body should go.can't believe I live nearby and have never been until now. great job folks.

Beautiful way to enjoy the change seasons. Easy to walk. I have limitations, but still walk it regularly.

Beautiful place. Easy trail to follow and well marked. We will definitely be back.

Pretty neat trail for all ages. It was pretty wet the day we went so hiking boots were nice to have keeping feet dry.
Met some interesting people while there. Probably would be better to see in the spring or fall. Very thankful to the private landowners who make this high point available to the public.

Very nice, close to home, weather was nice lots of wildlife

Very nice, close to home, part was close do to wildlife but enjoy it

Good to do to claim the rights of having been to Louisiana's high point. Actually not a bad little trail.

Absolutely stunning little trail. Great scenery. First visit to Kitsachie NF. Will return for longer trails.

hiking
14 days ago

Had a great time on this hike with my 7yo. Some moderate inclines. Trail was very well marked. A couple downed trees on the path, but easy to navigate around. We didn't see anyone on the norther sections of the trail. The western section of the trail follows the disc golf course at the park.

hiking
14 days ago

I saw my first red-cockaded woodpecker ever last week when I took my first walk ever on what is now one of my favorite trails in southeast Louisiana or south Mississippi. The Boy Scout Road trail in Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is an out-and-back hike of about 4.5 miles (total). In just over two miles you walk through one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.

From the parking lot, the trail enters a longleaf pine savanna. You quickly move onto a half-mile long boardwalk over marshy wetlands. As the boardwalk ends, you begin to walk along Boy Scout Road through a large stand of longleaf pines.

Among the pines along Boy Scout Road, I saw the only red-cockaded woodpeckers that I can recall ever seeing. The “RCW” is the only woodpecker in North America to nest in live trees, and it strongly prefers longleaf pines. Not surprisingly, the near-collapse of longleaf habitat meant the near-extinction of the RCW. Thankfully, through the efforts of a variety of private organizations and federal agencies, the RCW and its longleaf pine habitat is making a comeback.

There are tens of RCW nesting cavities in the longleaf pines adjacent to the Boy Scout Road trail and the parking lot at the trailhead. Just look up in the trees that the Fish and Wildlife Service has marked with bands of white paint, and you’ll see the nesting holes. Many of the nesting cavities have a wide swath of sap oozing beneath the hole.

RCWs weren’t the only birds I saw. Great Egret. Great Blue Heron. Killdeer. Pileated Woodpecker. Two Red-Shouldered Hawks. Cedar Waxwings. Eastern Phoebe. Marsh Wren. And, a bird with an enormous white tail ascending through the woods...Bald Eagle? Along with scads of little birds whose identification requires more birding expertise than I have.

As the trail approaches the northern edge of Lake Pontchartrain, you can walk out of the woods onto an observation deck overlooking a vast marsh.

From this point the trail turns sharply westward along a low ridge running parallel to the Lake Pontchartrain marsh. Gone is the pine savanna with its open understory, replaced by hardwoods like this live oak covered in Spanish moss and thick underbrush on either side of the trail. A perfect place for the possum I saw sauntering through the shadows as the afternoon waned.

The trail ends on Bayou Lacombe. The sun was getting low in the sky on this winter solstice afternoon, but I had plenty of time to trek back to the trailhead before sunset.

This was a splendid walk for a sunny winter day. But, I’m sure it could be brutal in the summer. Only the section through the hardwoods along the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain is shaded, so midday summer heat could be horrific. And, according to a regular visitor whom I met and chatted with (one of only three other hikers I saw all afternoon), the deer flies can be a terror beginning in May.

Civil war site with small but very nice museum. Modest entry fee. Well worth the stop.

Beautiful trail!

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.

While the visitor center was closed due to the Government shutdown, I was informed that you could still hike that you just had to park off the road and walk into the park. The scenery was worth the hike by itself but getting to see multiple alligators along the way so close to the boardwalk was wonderful.

I hike this trail as an addition to the Palmetto Trail. The best views on this trail were at the end when you can see the moss swaying in the wind by the swamp. This trail is a nice add on to Palmetto but I preferred Palmetto.

Easy trail, geocache located near a bridge.

Cute little trail. Wanders around a lake and then into a forest. Perfect for testing out gear or bringing kids along.

Cute little trail. Wanders around a lake and then into a forest. Perfect for testing out gear or bringing kids along.

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