Explore the most popular river 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.

walking
5 days ago

Short nice walk. Some turtles, a couple of squirrels and some birds. Did not see any alligators.

We did this in combination with the Palmetto trail. Fun walk through the swamp and marsh. Very hot and humid. Lots of bugs, spiders, a snake, and several alligators along the trail.

Amazing walk through the swamp and marsh. We saw lots of big grasshoppers, spiders, a snake and probably 5 alligators. One was a pretty big one just off the boardwalk. Hot and humid!! but worth it.

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.

12 days ago

This trail has a very nice view but with the New Orleans heat the smell of sewage on this trail is very hard to look pass. This trail is better suited for the fall season.

walking
16 days ago

Nice walk along the Mississippi. Cool shops and buildings

Nice stroll along the Mississippi River

walking
16 days ago

Fun walk through the historic streets of downtown New Orleans. Great architecture.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice trail during the winter months. I went on January 10th, and it was a great day for hiking. No bugs, no other hikers, trail itself is clearly marked with blazes and junction/waypoint signs. Only 1 'steep' hill, with the wet leaves and clay soil it was pretty slippery and ended up sliding down on my butt for about 20-30ft. Northern Louisiana geography is much nicer than southern Louisiana. No swampy/marshy areas, at least during this time of the year. Probably wouldn't hike this during the summer months as it would be miserably hot and the bugs would eat you alive, just my guess. YMMV.

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.

View of Mississippi River great

You can walk or drive through the various spots that teach you the history of Avery island. super pretty !

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.

Who says swamps aren't beautiful?! a critter filled hike (lizards, dragonflies, some sort of mammal that might have been a muskrat or an otter, giant grasshoppers, spiders.) We did not see a gator in the marsh overlook, but we sure as heck saw one chilling in the middle of the trail on our way back, about 20 feet ahead of us. when it heard us coming it slowly stood up and sauntered into the woods. Wear bugspray and be loud if you see a gator in the trail.

trail running
1 month ago

Nice shaded trail. Lots of small hills and switchbacks. Ran the Armadillo Dash here. It's a bit narrow for a full on race, but shade made it nice. Very dry and dusty. Pretty hot in July with no breeze. Would be a lot of fun in cooler temps.

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.

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.

an awesome trail. Geat views of the river, very clean, lots of animal tracks, small water crossing (no problem if you have water proof boots). Only seen one other person on the trail walking their doggo.

1 month ago

Too crowded for actual exercise.

It was a great trail. But, you definitely need some bug spray! Overall, my mom and I enjoyed it for our first ever hike! And the hills and elevation are good for a Louisianan’s standards!

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.

Note the visitor’s center isn’t open Monday or Tuesday, but you still have access to trails, maps (if needed), restrooms and water. Easy trail/ well maintained boardwalk. Take lots of water (the humidity is unbelievable). We were able to see several alligators and birds. Beautiful flora/fauna. More of a walk/stroll than an actual hike.

Easy stroll through the Bayou. We saw six alligators including a large one swimming near the Marsh Overlook. Definitely worth the trip down from NOLA.

This was my first and my go to place to walk. Love it! Very comfortable

hiking
2 months ago

This was my first real hike and it was everything I was looking for. Thanx

hiking
2 months ago

Enjoyed a nice run along this path the morning after too much food and drink... tried and succeeded in sweating it out of my system.

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