Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

hiking
2 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
7 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.

backpacking
10 days ago

Started at the Kisatchie Bayou campground. I was hiking this as part of the Short Kisatchie Loop (Short 27.6 mile). It had been raining for two solid days a couple of say before I got to this trail. It was still muddy and had a lot of standing/running water on the tread way. Since this trail is used by equestrian traffic and damaged by wild hogs it was a muddy mess. Embrace the suck - I hiked in trail runners and wool socks which worked well for these conditions. A well marked trail with orange diamond blazes and accurate mile markers. The CDT has several beautiful areas worth passing through, Pine forest, wetland bottoms and some other unique landscapes . Several creek crossings, so there are opportunities to get and filter water if need be. There are only a couple of established campsites along the trail, I camped right by mile marker 10. If you are wondering about the Kisatchie loop I mentioned earlier, it is a combination of the Back Bone Trail, Caroline Dorman and Sandstone trail.

Well kept and well marked trail for Louisiana!

Tough part is you MUST reserve a primitive campsite (there are 6) and its first cole first serve. Driving 3hrs from NOLA had me worried but we got #6 which was a nice 13mi hike in from southern trail and and finished up around 12 the following day

now... after a rain this trail is an absolute mess as some points. near mile 8 we ended up road walking along the trail to avoid thick mud up to our knees after walling through water up to our shins during mile 7.

You can definite hear cars about 50% of the trail and parts take you right by boat launches so you are not exactly miles from civilization so there is that. but not that bad and you still feel secluded in some parts. kudos to the team taking care of the trail with some handy board walks over water

Saw one white tail dear and that was it

hiking
12 days ago

Nice, easy trail to hike.

hiking
16 days ago

Had a great time on this hike with my 7yo. Some moderate inclines. Trail was very well marked. A couple downed trees on the path, but easy to navigate around. We didn't see anyone on the norther sections of the trail. The western section of the trail follows the disc golf course at the park.

hiking
16 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.

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!

on Sugar Cane Trail

hiking
20 days ago

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

spent the day hiking the Blue Trail on a beautiful Louisiana day! there was also a Christmas event happening. Saw Santa!

A friend and I hiked this trail 12/22/18, and it just started off badly. The entire trail is hella confusing and we literally detrailed several times because either people had no respect for the trail as it originally was, or a four-year old doodled it AND set the markers. In any case, we ended up getting out of the woods and walked along the baseball fields and then the track until we returned to our vehicle at the trailhead. We used the Alltrails's map of the area to find the supposed trail when we got lost. There are some pretty awesome flora and fauna, and there are some nice inclines that are pretty solid; but the confusion of it just makes it unenjoyable. Definitely not recommended.

Orange trail was nice along the river.

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.

This was a fun trail and easy to get to. However, do not go to Rosedown Plantation to get to the Trailhead. Proceed north on US 61 about a mile past LA 10 and turn on to the W Feliciana Pkwy, marked by a sign for the West Feliciana Sports Park. The trailhead is on the right just before you get to the lake. Hope this helps.

very neat trail, be sure to wear proper footwear

This one was an adventure. We could hear the monkeys hollering and banging.

More of an exercise trail not really a hiking trail.

I went in September it was dry and had only sparse bugs. It was a nice stroll but I cant wait to come back with my bike. if your looking for a real connection with nature though you might walk away disappointed because of all the garbage, the oil pipeline warning signs and noise from the nearby airport. Next time I'll probably go back with a garbage bag to help clear out some of the plastic bottles ect. please take your trash with you.

backpacking
2 months ago

Only hiked a couple of miles in from the CD trailhead. Was pretty brushy, but the trail was evident and it was marked well. Was worried I wouldnt find a good place to set up camp, but found the perfect cleared spot before the sun set. Saw 2 deer on the way back.

horseback riding
2 months ago

Great trails. Clearly marked

Love this trail. A Mountain bike trail very well kept and / but much travelled. Be aware of the mountain bikers and travel the trail in reverse like they suggest.
Scenery is great and overlooks the River at one point.

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I had great runs on this trail! We run separately due to speed differences and both got off trail and turned around in different spots. I would like to see more trail markers for newbies like myself but getting turned around just adds to the experience. We live close, we will revisit this trail many times! This trail is not stroller friendly but is kid friendly.

hiking
2 months ago

My go to trail. It’s 19 miles. I like campsite 1 &3.

live not for i hike at least once a week when weather is nice I see deer squirrels pigs read fox and if you lucky you may see and otter lot of ducks in the winter when you get next to the lake

awesome trail for hiking or offroad

hiking
2 months ago

Trails overgrown. Not much to see. If you are just looking for a bike trail. This is probably better for such. Not that it was terrible, but not worth the gas to get out here.

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