Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Visted this trail again for the second time this year. This is a super-easy hike. There are two trails to choose from, the very gentle fire road trail and the slightly more difficult and enjoyable (to me) is the blue trail marked by blue blazes on the trees. To get to the blue trail, just look for the blue markings on the right of the fire road, near the trail head. It is safe to say, this trail offers "hikability" (I just made that up) to everyone of all ages. I'm pretty sure you could even get a wheelchair to the summit with a bit of effort. The views at the summit make you feel like you've left Louisiana.

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 :)

19 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.

No people and easy walk.

Very easy hike/walk. Great for children or those not experienced on trails. Nice pavilions for picnicking and a gazebo on pond for enjoyment. A very quiet trail and it is well marked. The restrooms do stay locked, so be prepared to hold it or go in the woods.

Good short trail with a great view you wouldn’t think exists in LA. Recommend for young kids or people with physical limits.

I enjoy loop trails and lake views. This trail offers both. We saw a deer, found the trail to be well-maintained and marked. It had rained just previously and we were able to walk the trail with no difficulty.

Beautiful views, plenty of spots to sit for a break or just to take in the views. Next to a huge indoor mall...

Considering it’s in the heart of Baton Rouge, it’s a great trail. My son, who is 6, was a trooper and walked the entire trail no problem. The boardwalk is a great change of scenery and had some pretty views. We saw some frogs, egrets, and a water moccasin. Pretty good outing for a February.

It’s a very easy hike
It’s walk in a park kinda thing

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 but hot!

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

1 month 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.

Very easy hike to the highest peak in Louisiana. My wife and kids went as well and really enjoyed the hike.

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.

Beautiful trail! Well marked and there’s a lot to see. The only down side is that I went after a day of rain and the trail was muddy/sandy in some areas. Overall a great trail that’s easy for anyone to hike and it shows the diversity that the Kisatchie Forest contains.

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

Great Trails, not to difficult.

This is really great trail. I went when it just rained and he river flooded some of the trail. We still walked it. It doesn’t take that long but it is really great fun! I love the sights and the hike of this trail.

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

Well maintained trail. The trail floods during heavy rains cutting off most of the trail. Very easy hike.

It’s a beautiful easy hike, it doesn’t take a whole lot of commitment of time or equipment, perfect day hike

For a clear bike path with few views OK. For a hike really boring with views of the river hidden behind buildings and trees!!

Wish we could have seen it. It’s completely shut down and we couldn’t find a way to even park and walk to the trail unfortunately.

2 months ago

k so a few things they don't tell you about this trail. It is not a simple loop trail and the trail maps are crap. Know how to use a compass and give yourself plenty of time for this hike. The woods contain wild pigs and water moccasins, armadillos and cottonmouth snakes. There are also rattlesnakes that don't rattle, a learned behavior to keep from being eaten by wild pigs. I saw wild pig tracks today on the trail. it's beautiful, great bald Cypress trees, mulberry and Ash, among others. It was easy to find a good branch to use for a walking stick. Bring off! spray even if you think you won't need it. It's January and I still got eaten by mosquitoes at sunset. Best to hike with a friend especially if you're new to hiking longer trails that twist and turn and split off. The abandoned car was interesting. Bunkers were creepy and cool. Great informational signage on trees and vines, and I saw some gorgeous birds; a pelican flew down the canal not ten feet from me. Definitely worth it, just be prepared. I went two hours without seeing another person. Do not get stuck out overnight.

Had a great time. One of our favorite place for a nice easy hike. Hardly anyone else one the trails today. Saw quite a few deer

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