Explore the most popular Paddle Sports 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.

Did this in the winter so was not as colorful and does get a bit monotonous but some parts are very pretty with plenty of Irish moss hanging from trees. Also did not encounter mosquitoes or snakes.

Not a hiking trail, it's a gravel path alongside the canal and powerlines without any trees. Great if you have a kayak, but in no means a trail. It shouldnt be listed in a hiking app.

hiking
muddy
over grown
3 months ago

This trail is really pretty however, it is very short. As others have said, it is difficult to find the trail head. It also is not a loop as indicated on the map. You come out behind the observatory and I could never find where it connected. Most of the trail is clearly marked by BREC hiking trail signs. There are three wooden bridges that were recently put in so you can stay out of the muck when walking over the creeks. While I was there, BREC was going over the trail to remove fallen branches and trees. So hopefully they are still working to improve the trail and will eventually mark the trailhead. I suggest only taking this trail in the winter months as any other time there are huge banana spiders everywhere.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

We took this on the first cool day we’ve had, and it was very pretty. I had two novice “hikers”. I was happy that there was enough scenery to keep them out of their phones. Bugs weren’t bad this day, so I definitely recommend it during cooler weather. Didn’t see any wildlife other than squirrels, but the beauty over the marshy areas and the trees more than made up for it. Super simple walk!!

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Went after it rained on Friday. Was a bit muddy and had some good sized puddles in spots. All in all was a nice trail with beautiful scenery.

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bugs
muddy
5 months ago

Pretty spot, some of it along a creek, but probably isn’t used very much. Hard to find the entrance to it. lots of spiderwebs this am. It looks like some people are working hard to upgrade the trail and have put in some fresh post markers.

hiking
6 months ago

Well maintained - actually like walking on a lawn in many places. Be sure to take the Sugar Mill Nature Trail and the Boardwalk trail that intersect the main trail. While on the boardwalk trail we accidentally flushed out a wild pig and her baby.

hiking
bugs
muddy
6 months ago

First hike with a new backpack setup. Super humid but even more fun. Great for getting out there!

hiking
closed
8 months ago

Closed from June through September for alligator mating season but looks like it has potential.

8 months ago

Love this trail!

hiking
9 months ago

Easy hike, lots of birds,gators and a few snakes, Bring bug repellent and enjoy the view of the lake..

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy trail, close to town where you can see birds,gators and sometimes snakes

hiking
10 months ago

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I would recommend this trail for anybody who is into any level of mountain biking. There are so many different options you could ride this location 10 times and not cross The same section of trail twice. For a hiker looking to get started out this is very much the way to go. The park itself is immaculate. And that is not overstating things in the slightest. The parish parks staff do an absolute excellent job of maintaining the facilities. The best time to come is obviously in the middle of the week. The park office opens at 8 AM. Get here early and you can have the pick of where you want to set up shop. They provide both RV and tent sites. I Hammock camped in the tent section where they provide fire rings with a swivel grill if you want to grill something and they even provide 110 power outlets for camp lights and such. They also sell wood for three dollars a bundle however you’re better off bringing your own because they cut it and sell it immediately, meaning green unseasoned wood. I will be coming back and I will be bringing a fishing pole!

hiking
bugs
muddy
Sun Feb 03 2019

nice trail for the most part, it got very muddy in some areas especially at the bayou cane loop. Had to build a bridge in one area. It was a nice adventure though

hiking
Sun Jan 20 2019

Would be better if dry. Difficult to find trail heads.

hiking
Wed Jan 16 2019

Nice scenic walk, lots of birds. Good potential trail running spot. 5.4 miles around the lake

Ran a Q50 night race here. Was a wonderful event.

Fri Nov 09 2018

The trail that is marked here can only be completed if you have a boat and a very good set of boots. Why is this even on this sight? Ps, the closest state park to this location is probably 15-20 mi away

hiking
Sun Oct 14 2018

Watch for spider webs for the first half . There are gators to the left at the very end of the trail loop. Look for a road and a pier that walks you out to a small lake. They swam up to us from a pier expecting snacks. Saw one dead snake. No elevation changes. The trail is kept up.

running
Sun Oct 14 2018

Nice easy trail for running. A few roots you need to watch for. Most of the trail is hard packed sand when dry. A few areas with grass but pretty short. Hiker reported snake on trail but I didn’t see any.

hiking
Thu Oct 04 2018

This is my first time to this site and first review. A friend of mine posted the other day on Facebook that she was on the hiking trail...something I hadn't thought about in years. I actually built it in the summer of 1999 as a 21 year old college intern. The nature trail was already there. It was a miserable task and I questioned my sanity multiple times (especially after finding ticks on my leg, swamping a four wheeler, and getting lost). There was no gps to go by then, just a measuring wheel, compass, machete, and flagging tape. After running into an impenetrable stand of kudzu, we decided the only way to do this was with heavy equipment. So for the rest of the summer I squeezed behind an operator in a cherry picker and we plowed our way through until two loops were made, complete with a path to area 3 and a path to Cane Bayou. Then it was bush hogged and cleared. I'm so glad that something I did then as a kid - part of a project that was though of on the fly - has brought so many people enjoyment. Hope you enjoy the pics.

As many people have told me, this really is a nice park. The grounds are well maintained and the facilities were very clean. Showers were nice and hot. Most of the unpaved trails are for bikes, but we found the short Tree Trail loop that was nice. Only complaint is that there isn’t a separate area for group camping. At 11pm a Boy Scout troop rolled in with a large cargo trailer into tent sites near ours. They weren’t very quiet obviously as hey set up several tents. If you’re and RV camper or mountain bike enthusiast, this is the park for you!

watch out for numerous and big scary spiders! very pretty trail but if you have a fear of spiders, forget it!

hiking
Fri Jul 27 2018

Very easy, all flat trail. If it has rained recently expect some puddles to navigate around but nothing major. During the summer months the trail receives little to no breeze so if it's 90+ out expect the trail to be 100+ and very humid. We find this is a better trail to walk during the winter months.

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