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.

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

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.

There are no signs or any indications of the trailheads and the trail itself is very poorly maintained. Much of it is overgrown or has trees completely blocking the trail.

Great hike. Very swampy. If you love alligators this is the trail for you! Just kidding but you are definitely exposed to the elements out here. Beautiful views.

I like to use this trail as "training" its perfect 5 miles thats good for breaking in new boots, trying new gear, or stretching your legs to prepare for a bigger or longer trail. Good for kids too just bring a stick to hold out infant of you to knock down spider webs and watch for snakes.

trail running
4 months 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! :)

walking
5 months ago

Started from the Visitor Center (currently open Wed - Sun) and took the Palmetto Trail to the Bayou Coquille / Marsh Overlook Trail. The giant blue irises were in bloom! Saw several snakes, many small anoles, a turtle, and an alligator. The alligator was along the Kenta Canal on the Marsh Overlook portion of the trail. The total distance out to the overlook & back was about 4 miles.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

hiking
6 months 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.

It’s a very easy hike
It’s walk in a park kinda thing

walking
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

was my first hike ever. and was a solo adventure. trails are well marked and easy to navigate.

birding
8 months ago

this is very nice.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Beautiful! Rode through the woods and saw 3 Bald Eagles flying around just overhead, then rode out on the boardwalk in/on the big marsh...nice view over the water. Then we rode over to the pier at the day use area where there’s a spectacular view of Lake Ponchatrain and the 24-mile road bridge running across it. I would love to come back again when we have more time to hang around.

I went in December, a tough time to see gators, but the armadillos, amazing birds, and cool vegetation made it all worth the trip!

walking
9 months ago

Nice area to walk and see some of the wildlife along the lakeside. And also do a little fishing.

Great place to spend a morning. Enjoy a nice walk in the woods, canoeing in the vermillion, experience the nature station

Attention aux serpents!

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

trail running
10 months ago

Nice Loop to run if camping at Lake Kincaid Campground

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Second time to this park. Just love the availability to walk through wooded trails, wood dock in the marsh and then walk out to the beach and pier. Tons more of deer at sunset. A few crocs in the marsh and love all the birds singing

birding
Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Love this place. Great for birding.

hiking
Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Trail had over grown grass and it was difficult to complete. So we turned around and walked the pavement instead, which was a short walk. Best part was seeing some wildlife..gators, snakes, tons of bunnies, birds, butterflies and some interesting insects.
FYI - pools aren't open anymore but there is a "splash area" with water shooting out the ground for kids to play in. And they still have tons of picnic tables & RV hook ups. Restrooms were clean..that's always a big plus!

hiking
Sunday, July 30, 2017

Nice easy trail. Went in the morning and it was cool with plenty of tree overhangs for the shade. Watch out for the numerous big spider webs going across the trail - had to duck a good bit as a tall guy

Monday, July 24, 2017

Great little trial. Went with 3 9/10 year olds and they had a blast. Packs lots water and big spray...

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

great to hike or run. it was nice to be able to bring the dog (who loved swimming in the lake). the best view of the lake is past the sign that says wrong way at the back of the loop. the trail was much more accessible on that side rather than the other. just about the whole trail was grass with some muddy spots - a good trail to go barefoot if you like doing that. it's mostly shaded, but sunscreen and bug spray would be a great idea. theres lots to see. we even saw a deer.

walking
Saturday, May 27, 2017

Easy trail with plenty of beach. Beautiful views and great fishing and crabbing. Very peaceful except during annual fishing rodeo in August, it can be a bit crowded.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Easy to run and good for beginners. Can do several loops to make a longer run.

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

Cool trail but a little overgrown and buggy.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great trail for beginners. Plenty of opportunities to take pictures, but a portion of the Alligator Marsh Boardwalk was closed down. There is a massive Live Oak on the Sugar Mill Nature Trail. Plenty of shade along the hiking trail.

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