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.

hiking
6 days ago

This was such a great trail. Our 7 and 3 (almost 4) year olds did a great job! It took us about 2 hours and 15 minutes. There was SO much to see on nice clearly marked trails. We saw deer, beetles, a variety of mushrooms, Christmas lichen (never seen that before), raccoon tracks, and wild berries. There were plenty of spots to sit and take a break. Even on a 90 degree day with 50% we really loved it.

The nature center is a fun stop, bathrooms were nice, and the splash pad was the perfect way to end the day! We will definitely go again!

nature trips
6 days ago

Went yesterday and had a blast on the trail . Got to see lots of wildlife and we had trail just about to ourselves! Do it again every chance I get ! The dog loved it too!

This is truly a nice place to walk! If you enjoy fishing, this is the place for you!

Enjoy!

Such a nice little starter hike! There are beautiful views from sandstone outcroppings, a meandering stretch through pine forest and a damp hike through lowland with a couple small creek crossings. And all of that within a two-mile stretch. Definitely check it out!

14 days ago

Great for families

hiking
15 days ago

Started at 8am and finished around 11. I clocked in right at 6 miles. It winds through thick woods with plenty of shade. The first 2 miles are very confusing. I constantly referred to the AllTrails map (Be sure to download it. No signal out there). The trail is very poorly marked, with a ton of forks. I pretty much stuck to the red mountain bike markers for the most part. I think there are a lot of bike loops that add to the trail, but if you pay attention to your map, you can bypass them.

There’s a great spot overlooking pond to throw up that Eno for a break. It’s part of a Chimpanzee refuge, so you can hear the chimps going nuts in the distance.

It’s mainly a mountain biking trail, so be sure to look out for those guys. Overall it’s a great trail considering that there aren’t many in this area.

Wasn’t sure which trail to take. No maps or information in the boxes at each trail. Chose trail C. It is a fun trail but we did not see waterfalls which was the initial reason we came. The best part of this trail was when trail went along the creek. Your shoes will get wet but it was fun. Found 2 ticks on myself during the hike. Took 2 hours to do the loop. Enjoy! I hope to come back and do a different trail to see the waterfalls.

hiking
16 days ago

This trail would be 5 stars if it was clearly marked. Multiple unlabeled forks in the trails and the cell signal is really bad out there. I realized I was lost about 2 miles in, and switched to follow the horseback trail (since THAT is clearly marked) in hopes of finding my way back to the car. It worked, and I ended up with a nice 5 mile hike still. The two cycling/hike trails cross over each other and the horseback trail multiple times, and they aren’t marked in a way that you can tell you are going the right direction for a loop.

Nice easy walk.

backpacking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail but no water on the southern side. We hiked for over 4.5 miles with no suitable water, only mud holes.

hiking
24 days ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the state! It's great for a simple day hike, or for a weekend backpacking trip when you hike it with the Carloine Dormon. as other's have said, the water situation is scarce, but you can easily carry enough for the day.

hiking
25 days ago

Always a nice walk and usually lots of beautiful people.

trail running
26 days 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! :)

The yellow trail was pretty lame. A lot of open fields and thick brush to look at. Nothing very scenic. Didn’t notice any great views of the river. Also a mile of it is on a gravel road for oil field traffic. Bad form.

trail running
27 days ago

Nice well kept trail.

on Tunica Hills C Trail

28 days ago

The road getting there was bad from Tunica Road and I lost cellular data. There were not signs around saying that you’re getting close not maps. Oh well. The initial part-path was mostly in super soft sand and water enough to drench socks n shoes. The last two miles was good. Leaving was the worse because the dirt road was a one way and there are massive dips without warning to expect them!!!!! My Odyssey almost broke down.

horseback riding
1 month ago

I didn’t ride a horse on this trail. The interactive map for KNF says that the trail is open to pack and saddle. I’m assuming this means horseback riding. Looking at the pictures and some of the comments it doesn’t appear that horses use this trail. Are there signs saying whether horses are either allowed or forbidden?

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail. plenty of water when I hiked it. Very well marked.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, love the boardwalk into the marsh and huge Live Oak tree. Trail is marked and very well maintained.

Good trail overall, except the day I came I only made it halfway. Trail turned into gumbo near the river and a dead fish was gasping his last breath. Trail is beautiful otherwise.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little loop trail. This has a thick forest roof that provides a nice shady canopy. There is another trail that veers off of this one, but I didn't bother going down it.

nature trips
1 month ago

This boardwalk trail is similar to the Nature Center Loop Trail. The entire trail is very well maintained. Nice little 0.5 mile walk.

nice little trail next to the Nature Center Loop Trail. There were plenty of birds to be seen. Watch yourself going on and off the boardwalk, it can get pretty slick.

The nature center trail is mainly a boardwalk, but the back end of the loop is hard packed gravel. Be advised, the trail starts at the Nature Center, so go up the boardwalk and around the building. Recommend a little Off spray, but not too bad of a bug issues.

The entire trail is a wooden walkway through a swamp, so it felt pretty immersive. The weather wasn’t too hot, so bugs weren’t a problem. I saw several snakes —too many to count actually, great big frogs, and two 6-7 foot alligators. One was a bit too close for comfort and surprised the heck out of me. I wouldn’t take any small
children on this trail. I also managed to get sunburned despite SPF 50, a hat, and the trail being nicely shaded.

Very quiet and peaceful.

Beautiful

walking
1 month ago

Great paved walking/running loops that are accessible from 5:00 a.m. through 10:00 a.m. Park is very well maintained and has good lighting for exercising at night.

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