Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

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.

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

hiking
14 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
14 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.

I think this is my favorite hike in louisiana. A wonderful introduction to hiking, but long enough to keep interest of an experienced hiker too. The gorge trail was unexpected in flat louisiana!

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)

Super easy hike with slight rolling hills. Towards the NE portion of the trail near the river there’s a nice little Sycamore forest. Plenty of big pines, magnolias, oaks, and sycamore trees. Watch out for the mountain bikers

Great trail for South Louisiana. Not very technical, but does have nice hills. Beautiful scenery and saw a whitetail deer while riding.

This trail has it all, as far as Louisiana goes. Swamp, hills, ponds, a river, a gorge, and pine forest. I’ll be returning often.

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....

hiking
1 month ago

If you're in to geocaching, there's a series of caches back there, too.

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

backpacking
2 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.

hiking
2 months 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.

2 months ago

Moderate trail some difficulty, had fun ,enjoyable .

The road for the trails was closed. We were able to see the historic area but we drove an hour for wildflowers and couldnt access the trails.

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.

I live in the area. I just wanted to comment that the trail is not best from March thru October, but instead October thru March. The reason for this is that our summers are unbearably harsh, and our winters are mild and beautiful. Back to the appropriate commentary; this is a wonderful trail.

A great hike for Louisiana. It does follow some paved roads at certain points but still offers some great views of the river. The trail is still well maintained and pretty dry considering recent rain.

Great hike. I strongly suggest bringing some bug spray. If you’re into fishing: the trail has an abundance of streams and little lakes where you can drop a line. Not all trail markers are easily seen and some intersections are not marked properly so download a map if you can.

road biking
4 months ago

The Trace as the locals know it is a 31 mile stretch of paved path stretching from downtown quaint town of Covington through Abita Springs, Mandeville,Lacombe and ending in Slidell . The scenery is varied from beautiful shady oak trees to sunny marsh areas . The Trace is appreciated by locals and visitors from leisurely walking to serious cyclists . Bike rentals are available in Covington and Mandeville for the day. .

walking
5 months ago

Good easy trail to follow. Lots of sand flies near the bunkers, repellant would have been nice. Lots of things to see along the trail, birds, raccoons, grasshoppers, flies, mosquitos, a couple of squirrels, a rabbit and some big nasty looking spiders (not dangerous to people, although would not like to play with them). Heard some bigger animals in the wilderness, but did not get a glance of them.

hiking
5 months ago

Go when it hasn't rained for a few days. Well marked trail going thru old growth cypress trees that lead to a WW II ammo bunker. Feral hogs are in the area.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Well maintained trail, part of the longer Tammany Trace Trail, has several bridge areas overlooking the swamp and waterways.

mountain biking
5 months ago

Great biking trail, not a lot of scenery besides the typical swamp land. Well maintained paved trail. Depending on your skill level it can easily be navigated in a day. It's a hot ride but passes by several areas with water, food, shops, etc. Take water and snacks with you just in case. It is very hot during the summer months, we enjoy the ride more during the cooler months.

Great hike with some nice elevation changes. For what we have in Louisiana this is one of the best trails in the Southeastern part of the state. Well maintained. The main Gorge trail is well marked and fairly easy to follow. Mostly wide track and well groomed. Mountain bikes also use this trail.

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.

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