Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

6 days ago

Mid March. First timer from West Monroe. Blazes were marked well and often. I love that there’s mile markers every 1/2 mile. Parked at Valentine lake, paid 2 nights, set my tent up, then hitch hiked to Woodworth. Hiked 2 hours til dark and set up camp at mile marker 18. Heard wolves howling a couple times at night. Next morning, around mile 16, I saw a red wolf. Very pretty. Then hiked all the way to my basecamp at Valentine. Actual hiking time was about 7.5-8 hours. Took a wrong turn at the 488 parking area. Didn’t realize to cross the highway at first. Thanks to all who maintain the trail.

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.

Well marked and beautiful. We were a group of 4 who started at FS 212 and hiked 20 miles. We had a car on the other end at the Lake Valentine Rec area. We did it in 2 nights, started by 5 Friday and were out around noon Sunday.
Such a fun, great weekend that got us out of the city but no long drive. Must do for any louisiana outdoor lover!!

17 days ago

We entered the loop at the Walker Branch landing and headed north around the lake. camped overnight at site number 6 which offered a lakeside view in a marshy section. We filtered water from the lake despite the murky color. There was only one moving stream for filtering the entire trail. There were fireflies and coyotes around our campsite, but we had an uneventful rest. We found plenty of down branches for a campfire in the provided fire ring. On our hike out we encountered a group of wild hogs and an armadillo. The bugs are pretty thick so treat your equipment and bring an effective repellant. We encountered some hilly sections that provided a decent challenge. Overall we had a good hike with only a few muddy sections.

18 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.

18 days ago

Completed a small section of the trail with my 10 year old son and blue heeler over the weekend. We had a blast! The weather was absolutely perfect. We started on the south side of Castor Plunge at the entrance just NW of FS 212. Our plan was to hike in set up camp and hike back out the following morning. We hiked in to the bridge at the Long Branch creek bottom crossing (approximately 3.6 miles or so from the Jeep). It was gorgeous! We took our time hiking in, exploring and taking breaks to play in the creeks. Lots of water in this section to filter for cooking water. Parts of the trail were muddy but overall the trail was nice and very well marked. We definitely got a good workout with our packs. Would be much easier with a lighter load.
We loved the spot where we camped. Lots of good clear spots in this area to set up camp. Several rock fire rings already present. We wanted a little more privacy off the trail, so put up tent on the other side of the creek. Picked up a few ticks :/, but the mosquitoes were not too bad. The barred owls and spring peepers put on quiet a concert calling for us that night by the fire and all thru the night. My little boy really enjoyed playing in the creek and exploring for critters.
Hiked back out the next morning with less breaks, made it back much faster. The wild azaleas were blooming, still a little early for the dogwoods. Only saw a few blooming on the drive down Twin Bridges. Was hoping to hear some wild turkeys gobbling. Awesome trip and bonding time. Especially since we had no phone service where we set up camp. Nice to unplug! We did not hear a car the entire time and only ran into a few other folks. Not sure the app recorded my track coming back out correctly, service was in and out. It does not look right on my recording and some of the pictures are not in the location where I took them. But overall it was a huge help and enjoy being able to save pics and comments. We will definitely be back. Planning a longer hike to complete more of the trail.

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.

nice Trail just wish it was longer I'm didn't go on the road

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

Great workout!

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

Decent trail. Trash throughout trail.

Wonderful, easy trail with tons of history, flora and fauna. We saw a few gators off the trail too...so beware.

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.

Very nice trail - recommend doing it backwards for hiking,

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

Closed Monday, Tuesday, and Holidays. Open from 8-5 wedding-Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday. That would’ve been great to know before driving all the way out here.

1 month ago

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

First more serious hike. The parts where the trail became uncertain, there was always a marker close by. Some of the hills were fairly difficult, but overall was a moderate hike. Beautiful, not entirely well maintained, however nothing was an issue with getting through the trail.

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

1 month ago


Do NOT drive on Old Tunica Road to the trailhead (A or C) if it has been raining or there is the potential for rain!
On Old Tunica Road, coming from Hwy 66, turning off Doherty Rd and then Right onto Old Tunica Road, Old Tunica goes from a paved road, to a gravel road (Near the Parker Rd and Old Tunica Rd intersection), to a gravel-dirt mix road that slowly spirals downhill, large enough for only one vehicle to drive on. Then Old Tunica Road reaches a low point, about .5 - .7 miles past Parked Rd, near a small creek. Once you pass the creek the road is a completely dirt road and begins to incline and continues to incline for about .7 miles.

There were light scattered showers when we went this past weekend and my truck (2 wheel drive) barely made it up the incline. Once you decide to drive past the creek on Old Tunica Road, there is no turning back for about .7 miles. Once you pass the creek, the road turns completely dirt, or in our case with light rain - it was completely MUD and the road is a slow spiraling incline and only large enough for one vehicle (.7 miles). So once we started driving up the hill past the creek, we quickly realized we were in BIG trouble. With my pedal to the floor board at some points, afraid that if I stopped I would get stuck or slide back down the spiraling road off the side of a small cliff, my truck was barely making it up the hill. If I would have stopped hitting the gas, I would have been stuck, or potentially worse - slid backwards off the road. My truck peeled out, sliding left and right from side-to-side as we creeped along the road. Very scary feeling. Did not feel safe at all. I wish that I would have turned around at the creek and gone back. Once you go past the creek you really can't turn around, there is no other choice but to go up the hill.
As soon as we got to a high point where the dirt road flattened out and had some room for us to turn around, we did (.7 miles from the creek) This was prior to trailhead A and C.
We slowly drove back down the hill, careful not to slide off the road from the Mud pit that was Old Tunica Road, someone from the Sheriff's department was pulling a car out from being stuck on the side of the mud road, so we weren't the only ones that day.

Needless to say, we did not hike the trail so I cannot speak for the trail, I'm sure it is great - which is why I didn't give the review a 1 star. Even though my experience was about a negative 5 stars since I think the experience actually took time off my life from the anxiety I had sliding up the hill.

Lastly, the road is not clearly marked, it's actually not marked at all. Which is what is most frustrating about the experience - that this could happen again to other people. There are no signs warning or cautioning you of the road conditions. One minute you are on a nice, scenic route on a paved Old Tunica Road, the next you are on gravel, gravel/dirt mix spiraling downhill, and then the next you are spiraling uphill on a dirt road, and if it has been raining even lightly like it did when we went then the road will be completely MUD! There are also NO signs stating ____ many miles to trailhead ___. It was just a terrible experience all around. There really should be warning/caution signs on the road. It would be MUCH safer that way!

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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