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.

First hike for me. Not sure how to compare it to others. it was challenging, but doable for a 51 year old newbie. Muddy from recent rain, but manageable. Scenery was great, camp site was beautiful.

We had a great time. Trail was a little muddy in spots, but was easy enough to traverse around those areas. We'll definitely hike again.

name of the trail is slightly confusing. i did this trail from the South landing trailhead to campsite 3.
from the South landing, we passed campsite 2, and walked over the bridge the map shows going over the water.
from south landing, we logged 3.7 miles point to point. hope that's helpful!

it was a great trail, a little wet after rain, but it was mostly just puddles and not sloppy mud. Beautiful hike overlooking lake chicot

hiking
2 days ago

Would be better if dry. Difficult to find trail heads.

trail running
3 days ago

Wasn’t sure what to expect since the trails aren’t well marked and found little info on the website. Parked in the picnic area and ran through the West-we-go trail (.5m) which led to the Wildcat Walk (.25), then doubled back through them to the Racoon trail (.25). Decent scenery, good for bird watching maybe, but trails are overgrown and found myself climbing under/over fallen trees. This park could really use some TLC.

Very runnable and very well marked. Rooty but Not terribly technical. Nice wide trails and well maintained. I followed only yellow blazes for 4.75 miles out and back. I wanted to keep going but was limited on time. Not too much elevation on my route, although hilly enough to slow you down a bit. Loved it and will be back!!

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

walking
6 days ago

Nice walking jogging loop. Lots of birds, ducks, chickens, and cats lol, good to go exercise and do some walking, close to home, good place to relax and walk around.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice scenic walk, lots of birds. Good potential trail running spot. 5.4 miles around the lake

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

hiking
9 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
9 days ago

I did this as more of a hike than a walk because I was short in time. It’s a great way to see some of the highlights in the French Quarter, but I highly recommend allowing a couple of hours to shop, eat and watch the performers along the way. Don’t blitz the Quarter, cruise it! I especially enjoyed the band playing in Jackson Square. Those guys are amazing!

hiking
11 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.

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

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
20 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.

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