Explore the most popular partially paved 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.

Wasn’t sure what to expect since the trails aren’t well marked and found little info on the website. Parked in the picnic area and ran through the West-we-go trail (.5m) which led to the Wildcat Walk (.25), then doubled back through them to the Racoon trail (.25). Decent scenery, good for bird watching maybe, but trails are overgrown and found myself climbing under/over fallen trees. This park could really use some TLC.

scenic driving
14 days ago

Beautiful drive. Allow time for stops, maybe a hike. The Longleaf Vista trail is beautiful and easy enough for most visitors.

Love this trail. Built by the CCC, it has rustic steps to the top of sandstone buttes, which overlook the pine forest, as well as drops into hardwood wetlands, where the trail is often wet and muddy.

Great drive through the forest leading to a number of great trails. The Longleaf interpretive short 1.5 mile loop is a must if time doesn't allow for a longer one.

Absolutely stunning little trail. Great scenery. First visit to Kitsachie NF. Will return for longer trails.

I think this is my favorite hike in louisiana. A wonderful introduction to hiking, but long enough to keep interest of an experienced hiker too. The gorge trail was unexpected in flat louisiana!

Super easy hike with slight rolling hills. Towards the NE portion of the trail near the river there’s a nice little Sycamore forest. Plenty of big pines, magnolias, oaks, and sycamore trees. Watch out for the mountain bikers

Great trail for South Louisiana. Not very technical, but does have nice hills. Beautiful scenery and saw a whitetail deer while riding.

This trail has it all, as far as Louisiana goes. Swamp, hills, ponds, a river, a gorge, and pine forest. I’ll be returning often.

More of an exercise trail not really a hiking trail.

Well maintained trail with plenty to see. Two Butte formations and a little waterfall are the highlights of this trail.

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.

it was a easy trail. enjoyed it very much.

Not fun at all. The trail is not used often so it is a maze of brush and hidden spider webs. Went in about 0.25 miles and decided to turn around when reaching the fifth spider web infested obstacle that completely blocked the trail. Wish I had seen previous reviews prior to arriving to the park.

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.

A great hike for Louisiana. It does follow some paved roads at certain points but still offers some great views of the river. The trail is still well maintained and pretty dry considering recent rain.

Great hike. I strongly suggest bringing some bug spray. If you’re into fishing: the trail has an abundance of streams and little lakes where you can drop a line. Not all trail markers are easily seen and some intersections are not marked properly so download a map if you can.

My daughter and I walked the trail today and had a great time. It was a little muddy and over grown in places but not a problem. With a bad knee, I wish that the stairs had hand rails. Most of the trail is paved. Some beautiful views and overlooks plus a small waterfall. As a bonus, there are an excellent picnic area and facilities at the trail head.

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!

we go there a few times a week for the dogs. they enjoy it and can get off the trail in several places and they can swim. very easy trail and at one point there is a picnic table. I set up my hammock and fix lunch and just relax. well marked trail.

Great trail. We took our family and had a great time exploring. Lots of stairs and rocks to climb! Paved most of the way.

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.

Great hike with some nice elevation changes. For what we have in Louisiana this is one of the best trails in the Southeastern part of the state. Well maintained. The main Gorge trail is well marked and fairly easy to follow. Mostly wide track and well groomed. Mountain bikes also use this trail.

Great Trail. After my wife's nagging, my family and I went to the park for the first time on the 4th of July and walked the trail. Enjoyed it so much that we went back on the 7th of July and walked the trail again. On the 7th of July we walked up on about a half dozen wild turkeys. Parked next to the Gorge Run Trail where you can go down into the lower gorge. Walked the lower gorge trail to the right, be careful, some of the 2x6's need to be replaced, back up to the Gorge Run Trail, walked the Gorge Run Trail. Took time to stop by the water park area and the beach area. We are going to go back and park by the beach area with a picnic lunch, walk the trail and return to the picnic lunch and some splash time in the Bogue Chitto. Beautiful park, nice well marked trail.

Gorgeous hike! Will definitely visit again during later fall and winter. I saw 2 black widows during our hike which made me a little wigged out because we are stoping with our dog to have water and they were not happy with us being in their territory. Always stay alert especially if you’re hiking this one in the hot, humid months.

Really enjoyed the scenery on the trail. The 1.5 mile hike was perfect for my 10 year old daughter. Great location for a family outing.

This is a beautiful state park. Biking trails are a little rough, but challenging, I go often to support system. We need more hikers and bikers to make trails more well established.

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