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VERY buggy (skeeters) and muddy, with little change in either scenery or elevation. Was happy to check it out since it’s so close to New Orleans but probably won’t return. Only saw two mountain bikers so that wasn’t an issue at all.

trail running
3 months ago

Nice shaded trail. Lots of small hills and switchbacks. Ran the Armadillo Dash here. It's a bit narrow for a full on race, but shade made it nice. Very dry and dusty. Pretty hot in July with no breeze. Would be a lot of fun in cooler temps.

UPDATE: (04/28/18) Couldn't resist, had to go back. trail was 90% dry and 100% runnable. light maintenance and it will back to great shape.

wanted to write a review so hikers/runners/bikers could get an update since the spillway was flooded back in amarch.
Today (4/22/18) I ran/walked the trail. The 1st half runs along the waters edge and since it is the high part of the trail and receives plenty of sunshine, it was 90% runnable/bikeable. The second half, which is the shady low side, was extremely wet and difficult to run. I mostly walked after slipping a few times. i'm hopeful a few more weeks of decent weather will help dry things out.
As for the trail itself, it is a fun trail with the 1st half behind extremely fast. The back half is a little technical with switch backs and some up and downs. The trail is mostly clean but every once in a while root may sneak up on you, so keep your eyes open.
I will try and update in late May.

It’s a bike trail, lots of turns, not a hiking trail

No good not a walking or hiking trail,it’s a boat ramp, with no markings or signs

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Nice trail for any hiker. Lots of wildlife. Not very difficult to navigate.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

So many gnats. Immediately turned around.

hiking
Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lovely views, and a pretty easy trail to follow. Made the mistake of going in the middle of August, and was eaten alive by mosquitos!

mountain biking
Saturday, July 08, 2017

awesome mountain bike trail. Just don't go when it's still wet please for the sake of the trail!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

This was a pretty trail with a lot of great views. My boyfriend and I went on a Saturday afternoon, and it wasn't too crowded. It was an easy walk, but the cyclists fly by you so be careful!

walking
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Definitely designed for biking. Lots of loop de loops fun for bikers not so much when walking. Pretty water views fern palmetto and cypress forest. Saw birds and many animal footprints in mud. Watch out for tree roots. Well covered so ok in hot weather. Many low lying areas that would be impassable in rainy season. Mid April saw lots of wildflowers. Kept my dog on leash.

hiking
Friday, April 14, 2017

Not for hiking, this trail is basically for mountain bikers only, and they will fly by you if your on foot.
Saw maybe two snakes within a few minutes of walking, and countless snake holes in the ground. Would not recommend if on foot.

Plenty of shrubbery, yellow wild flowers, super lush area. You will see and hear plenty of birds singing and chatting. I encountered a bunny, plenty of squirrels, a few snakes and plenty of dragonflies. There are mosquitos so if you have sweet blood make sure to wear or bring something for that. All around beautiful circular trail. Also a mountain biking trail with boards to ride on if you are into that.

hiking
Friday, March 03, 2017

I enjoy this trail quite a bit, but rating it as moderate isn't fair to the word moderate. This trail is flat, well established, and you'll see some wildlife, and as long as you can hike around 5 miles, not difficult.

hiking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Nice day hike. I suggest hiking against bike traffic so you can give them the right of way. All the riders were quite polite.

hiking
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Good easy hike on a day in February. Didn't have to worry about bugs. Did see trash here and their on the trail. Heard airplanes throughout the hike. Went early afternoon & only saw 2 other bikers using the trail besides us. No wild pigs only birds,deer & 1 butterfly.

trail running
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Wild pigs keep your distance.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice walk or ride when it's not so hot.

mountain biking
Saturday, September 24, 2016

It is a wonderful trail, and I am grateful to those who maintain it. Haven't been there since the spillway opened and closed, but before that, here's some advice: Wear mosquito repellant such as a very effective recipe on the internet with catnip tea, essential oil, vanilla, and witch Hazel. Have good front AND back brakes and don’t be afraid to slow down…some of the declines are pretty momentous. Putt-putt once through so you know where the sand is. More important, anticipate the stretches that are 10-foot drop-off’s parallel to water and those with some sand too. It is not a beginner bike trail. When you hear the "bike holler" or bell, just pull over or stand aside to the right to let them pass. Some of these bikers slam this trail, and rightly so, but if you've been riding for a few months, even on the street fast and hard, you can get through. All the bridges have walk-arounds, which I use most of the time. Berms were well maintained when I went, but can't say now. I wish we could get rid of the loose sand for the sake of safety and speed.

Friday, August 05, 2016

I tried to go in but the trail was a bit over grown for my first time hiking alone. I had my two dogs with me and I was nervous there would be snakes, since I didn't see any signs of people on the trail already ( parking lot was empty). I hesitated to be the first to go today, I'm not a fan of clearing the Cobb webs with my face. So yes. I chickened out. I feel silly but my instinct told me it was a bad idea and I got an overwhelming urge to get outta there, so I listened to my gut. I would go again. I will go again, if I saw people on the trail I would have proceeded. Two young Guys headed to the trail and got as far as I did. they sat on the picnic bench at the opening of the trail and played on their phones. Not sure why, but if they didn't want to go in.... I think it's safe to say I wasn't the only one hesitant. The trail is narrow and there is a bayou and lots of ferns, it's typical swampy hiking. My younger dog is a total spas kinda like me, so I will go, but it will be with another person, yes a human shield. There is a cool service road that ends at a bayou which I checked out and enjoyed.

mountain biking
Monday, August 01, 2016

It's a great ride however in some spots it's gets a little to sandy which many times almost caused wipeouts. With the trail only being 30 mins from New Orleans it is a great outdoor activity that's doesn't have to take all day.

hiking
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Went for a hike on 7/21/16, pretty decent trail for hiking, has small hills here and there but is mostly flat, has ramps, jumps, and bridges for biking, would hike again and this trail has me wanting to get a decent bike to take there.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Went for a day hike there July 9, 2016 with our dog. Access is 61 at Guide Levee Road, so of youre coming from BR its a left AFTER you cross the spillway, and if youre coming from New Orleans its a right when immediately BEFORE the spillway, via a quick turn on Guide Levee road and off again via left turn off levee and down to parking area.

Trail is fun, manages to have some variability in grade. We did the one thats basically and out and back shot along a hummock of land with a canal to the left (west) and the levee rd to our right, beyond the return path, (east). Thats a super nice touch with this trail - its an out-and-back but bikers traveling either direction have separate paths, sometimes by as much as 50 feet (but rarely out of sight and usually within 20 paces) so if youre a hiker a head-on collision with a cyclist isnt an issue - being overtaken at speed is the sole hazard, happily. Be mindful with your dogs, children, and absent minded companions that cyclists will be approaching from behind with little time to stop on the often sandy surface of the trail, so stop off-trail only and cyclists, respect the overtaking party's responsibility to pass safetly or stop in time - best solution is a hearty shout and a wary eye at partcularly low- visibility point.

Overall, fun hike in a unique spot.

mountain biking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

First time I biked any trail. The first half was fast and pretty easy. The 2nd half was much harder and wore me out. The sand flies were terrible. Wiped out once in a soft berm. I'm a 67 year old fart and only ride the neighborhood. I will definitely go back. I failed to time my run.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

well maintained, fast mountain bike cross country trail

walking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

As of 2/19/16 the area is closed due to the Spillway gates being opened. They are re-dredging the boat launch. Walked the trail and although the trail is in OK condition the woods are a mess. Grass weeds are piled up everywhere. The trail looked wet and sloppy but was actually firm to walk on. Should be reopened in a couple of weeks? There are closed barriers on all roads into spillway.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 03, 2015

These trails are great and easy to get to. For the most part, the trails are smooth with few roots. They are very well maintained, but watch the sandy areas.
The trail isn't marked. I was stopped on the trail and was told to turn around not knowing. Once you enter the trails, stay to the left and you should be fine.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great trail! It's very well maintained with several markers along the way. The majority of it is next to the water and provides beautiful scenery. The bicyclists were friendly and it was easy to share the trail. 5.5 miles loop took 2 hours exactly....we were casually walking and took pics as we went.

fishing
Tuesday, October 28, 2014

This trail is really versatile. Great for a biking work out, or just a relaxing stroll in the forest. Either way bring bug repellent. The trail is maintained by NOMAMBO (New Orleans metro area mountain bike association). Fill out a weekend permit for free from the recreation center and pitch a tent. I also bring my Kayak.

hiking
Thursday, November 14, 2013

Beautiful trail at the perfect time of year. First half is right along the water (watch for snakes!), second is through the woods and swamp. Took the dogs and they had a blast. Listen for mountain bikers and scoot out the way! Will definitely do this again.

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