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.

very neat trail, be sure to wear proper footwear

Do not attempt without tall, waterproof boots and clothing. Trail is abandoned and now a creek. Bulk of trail already sealed off by NPS.

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

2 months ago

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
3 months ago

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.

trail running
3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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.

Easy trail, well marked with blue diamond shaped trail markers. Great view of Kincaid Lake

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
5 months ago

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.

This is without a doubt the best park in North Louisiana. It is beautifully maintained and the trails are gorgeous.

hiking
6 months ago

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
8 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! :)

I’ve been hiking and biking this trail since the 90’s. Best trail system in North Louisiana!

walking
9 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
10 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.

Love this singletrack trail!! Even after several visits, it still doesn't disappoint. Be sure to pack a tent and stay the weekend. The trails consist of the primary trail and a beginner trail. The primary trail is approx. 10 miles and has a little bit over everything such as, switchbacks, fast downhills, jumps, straight hill-climbs, etc... The beginner is a great place to start if you're just looking for an easy off-road ride or new to MTB'ing. There are also hikers/trail runners on the trail at times so everyone watch out for each other :)

hiking
10 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
11 months ago

hiking
Friday, January 05, 2018

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

birding
Wednesday, January 03, 2018

this is very nice.

mountain biking
Sunday, December 24, 2017

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.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

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
Monday, December 11, 2017

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

hiking
Monday, December 11, 2017

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

hiking
Friday, December 01, 2017

Attention aux serpents!

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