Explore the most popular trails near Lafayette with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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I like to use this trail as "training" its perfect 5 miles thats good for breaking in new boots, trying new gear, or stretching your legs to prepare for a bigger or longer trail. Good for kids too just bring a stick to hold out infant of you to knock down spider webs and watch for snakes.

trail running
7 months ago

Very pretty trail. with the usual bayou country inconveniences...namely spider webs everywhere. The good news is that of the 25 or so snake varieties in Louisiana, only 6 are commonly found in the park. But nothing is free in this world - they're the 6 most venomous!

The map here does not reflect all the trails south of the canal, nor the fun boardwalk, but they'll be the first things you see. Watch for snakes (ref: above) as they are there. I saw a big cottonmouth just off the Palmetto Loop. You will also see lilies, palmettos and incredible live oaks...Enough to make you sad human society is expanding.

Some paths run by the canal. I didn't see any gators, but it's not the one you see that gets you. Be careful and have fun! :)

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

hiking
Monday, December 11, 2017

Great place to spend a morning. Enjoy a nice walk in the woods, canoeing in the vermillion, experience the nature station

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cool trail but a little overgrown and buggy.

trail running
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

I run here pretty often. My favorite time of the day to run trail is in the afternoon. The position of the sun makes the trail beautiful. I've ran the trail in the morning and it was purdy scary, snakes were everywhere especially on the vermilion ridge. Then about every 20 yards I was running through a a massive spider web (my kung fu is strong). Its a fun trail that does have some small up and downs. For more distance you can just do laps the trail doesn't get boring.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Good mountain biking trails.

hiking
Friday, December 30, 2016

This is a great place to hike with young kids, Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts. Lots of boardwalk trails. The nature station is great for the kids to see lots of things up close. Great staff that is knowledgeable about the area.

hiking
Sunday, October 09, 2016

fun family trail especially for little ones

hiking
Monday, May 30, 2016

It was okay for Louisiana. Mosquitos was AWFUL! Had to leave. Nothing fantastic, just an outing....

hiking
Thursday, January 28, 2016

I like hiking these trails because they're so close to town and easy to get to. We like to make the hike longer so we start at the front entrance, walk to the Nature Station, hike down the boardwalk to the back coulee, follow the coulee to Shadow Bluff drive, walk a short distance on the road to cross the coulee, then hike the new back trail loop.

walking
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Sweet little trail on the edge of town, close enough to get there after work for a quick walk in a natural setting before dark. The Nature Center is a beautiful building that blends in quite well to its surroundings.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

It's a good day hike if you live in the Lafayette area, they have some beautiful trees including a massive oak out on the main trail.

hiking
Monday, February 16, 2015

The trails at Acadiana Park are pretty nice. They have the old one by the Nature Station, a newer hiking trail off of Shadow Bluff Dr., and Mountain Bike trails near the tennis courts.

trail running
7 days ago

nature trips
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mountain biking
5 months ago

hiking
Sunday, November 19, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

walking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

hiking
Sunday, March 12, 2017

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