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Trail was blissfully empty today. Last time it seemed like everyone in southern LA was out here. It was wonderful to hear the birds & the breeze in the pines.

Great trail for a bike. Shaded and pretty smooth. Take the opposite direction that I did for more downhill riding.

Did the gorge run trail with my boys who are 9 and 12. It was their first time on trails with lots of hills. The trail is mostly good to ride. There are several sandy spots where it was impossible for the kids to ride in (and tough for most). All in all it was a great day on the trail.

My third time here and I feel encouraged to add a second review. This experience was incredibly different from my previous experiences here. It was thundering and raining the entire time, which made this hike probably one of the most serene hikes I’ve ever done, even despite the gangs of giant horseflies trying to attack me the entire way. Just pick up a stick with some leaves on it and swat them away... nothing to it, but I can see why some people would let that ruin their experience. The canopies of the trees kept me from getting too wet, which I think is an awesome feature. Some trails have zero tree canopies directly over the trail. Therefore if it rains, you’re either hiking next to the trail to keep from getting wet or you’re getting wet. All in all, a moving experience for me.

Some scenic views by the water. Took a detour to the beach. Trail eroded in many areas. Lots of bugs. Saw a small gator which was cool. A few cranes. Came around sunset which was probably a poor time.

Crap hike in my opinion. Kind of boring. Buggy and humid. Would have given it two stars except we saw a gator and I promised my girlfriend if we saw a gator I’d add a star.

Loved this trail. You can go just off trail and climb giant fallen trees, hang out at a small beach, or wade in a river. Hard to find good elevation activity in this region, but this trail has lots of ups and downs. Very shady.

Note to all this trail is currently closed with all other trails at Chicot state park. If you check online or on their social media nothing indicates that the trails are closed. Wish we could’ve enjoyed the trail.

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10 days ago

Not sure if it’s because we are new hikers but we had to turn around midpoint because we did not know where the trail continued. Not sure if the signs of the trail were over the next road outside of the state park entrance but it was disappointing not being able to finish the hike. Nice inclinations for new hikers like us. 3$ per person entrance fee. Beautiful scenery.

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10 days ago

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m a new hiker but we lost the trail and couldn’t figure out how to circle back to our car. The signs stopped midway and we had to turn around and hike what we had hiked. 3$ fee. We went around 3 pm and there was no ranger around to ask why the trail ended what it did. Other than that, it was beautiful! Lots of small streams. Didn’t see any wild life. Nice inclinations for new hikers like myself and my friends.

Nice trail. We got out to get some fresh air stop us from going stir crazy. Plenty of shade and decent elevation changes for Louisiana.

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10 days ago

This is a cute park. It looks like a nice place for camping and families. I was not impressed with the trails offered.

Good hike with elevations. Had a nice break at one of the lakes that has an air conditioned bathrooms. Filled the Red diamond trail but one section was not marked well. Wear a lot of big spray and hydrate too!

Very very little actual trail. Their marked “hiking trail” is just a strip of grass along the parking lots. Very little signage directing you to landmarks, but even if there were signs, unless you enjoy views of parking lots, not worth the trip.

The trail is in nice shape with a few, expected, sloppy spots after the recent rain. Apply bug spray or wear your thick skin.

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13 days ago

Long walk in the mud getting bit by bugs before you get anywhere notable or picturesque.

This is part of Fairview-Riverside State Park so there is a $3 fee per person. There's a boardwalk along the river before you get to the swamp boardwalk. we only saw tadpoles along the swamp walk. It was overgrown and dried. But along the river, we saw birds, a turtle, and a squirrel. The swamp walk ends close to the beginning at a boat launch with a picnic table. Along the boat launch, there was a short fun dirt path.

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