Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

hiking
3 days ago

We hiked the trails on 01/12/2019. Great afternoon hike. It had rained the night before and that morning. The trails were dry for the most part. My feet stayed dry in low quarter walking shoes.

There are nice facilities at both ends of the trails (nature center and Carol Darmon Lodge.

The trails were well marked with signs describing the trees and various features and in great condition. I keep saying trails because the loop trail described here consist of several short trails. Add the PawPaw trail to the loop shown in the map above and you will have about 5.5 miles of trails.

I agree with the easy rating for the trails but be aware that there are some hills. My Fitbit logged 38 “floors” or 380 feet of elevation increase.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful and rugged!! Was a bit wet after all the rainfall the few days before, but was quite the adventure. One part of the “creek” was too high to cross, so we waded in the water to continue on (water came above the knee). Will definitely re-home!!

This is Segment 4 the Wild Azalea Trail. Don't know why this is listed as Magnolia Forest walk. It goes into the Castor plunge scenic area, which is very beautiful. Old trees, usually full of ferns, with a couple of cold-clear creek crossings.

backpacking
8 days ago

This a beautifully-rugged trail located in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness area. The landscapes seen on this trail are unique for Louisiana. There are several great campsites along the way, some are off on a side trails, don't get lost on one of the numerous game trails. The tread way can be rough in areas where the boars have been rooting around and is rocky is some areas. There is one fairly large creek to ford and a couple of small ones, most are located on the southern end of the trail. I have heard coyotes at night but have never seen any, nor have had any problems with wildlife attempting to steal food. This is one of my favorite trails in Kisatchie and recommend people try it least once. It can be done in a day, but that's no fun. Spending the night on this trial can offer some amazing sunsets/sunrises and star filled night skies.

Well kept and well marked trail for Louisiana!

Tough part is you MUST reserve a primitive campsite (there are 6) and its first cole first serve. Driving 3hrs from NOLA had me worried but we got #6 which was a nice 13mi hike in from southern trail and and finished up around 12 the following day

now... after a rain this trail is an absolute mess as some points. near mile 8 we ended up road walking along the trail to avoid thick mud up to our knees after walling through water up to our shins during mile 7.

You can definite hear cars about 50% of the trail and parts take you right by boat launches so you are not exactly miles from civilization so there is that. but not that bad and you still feel secluded in some parts. kudos to the team taking care of the trail with some handy board walks over water

Saw one white tail dear and that was it

scenic driving
11 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.

we had a great time.very informative hike easily done even with the wet areas. every body should go.can't believe I live nearby and have never been until now. great job folks.

Beautiful way to enjoy the change seasons. Easy to walk. I have limitations, but still walk it regularly.

Beautiful place. Easy trail to follow and well marked. We will definitely be back.

Very nice, close to home, weather was nice lots of wildlife

Very nice, close to home, part was close do to wildlife but enjoy it

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.

hiking
14 days ago

Had a great time on this hike with my 7yo. Some moderate inclines. Trail was very well marked. A couple downed trees on the path, but easy to navigate around. We didn't see anyone on the norther sections of the trail. The western section of the trail follows the disc golf course at the park.

Beautiful trail!

While the visitor center was closed due to the Government shutdown, I was informed that you could still hike that you just had to park off the road and walk into the park. The scenery was worth the hike by itself but getting to see multiple alligators along the way so close to the boardwalk was wonderful.

I hike this trail as an addition to the Palmetto Trail. The best views on this trail were at the end when you can see the moss swaying in the wind by the swamp. This trail is a nice add on to Palmetto but I preferred Palmetto.

Cute little trail. Wanders around a lake and then into a forest. Perfect for testing out gear or bringing kids along.

Cute little trail. Wanders around a lake and then into a forest. Perfect for testing out gear or bringing kids along.

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!

hiking
17 days ago

This trail system was ok. An easy trail, even if the map is somewhat confusing to follow... you won't get lost. It's worth exploring, but if you are not from the area... it isn't worth driving to just for this. I did blackwater conservation area and this in the same day. Both were mediocre in sights, but together made a decent day of hiking.

Great little walk!

on Audubon Park Loop

walking
19 days ago

This trail is exactly as it’s labeled, a loop. About 6 foot wide path is blacktop with walking and biking lanes. There is also a little longer trail in the dirt surrounding the blacktop loop. This have beautiful scenery and a nice change from the big city of New Orleans. You’ll always see a lot of people, birds and other dogs while walking this loop.

For a Louisiana hike, this was one really nice. We met several visitors out of the central Louisiana area along the way. Had to wade through a creek at the time of the hike (Spring break, 2018)

It was a little hard to follow as reception to my gps cut out and the trail marking was confusing at the river bed. I walked through the riverbed and found the continuation about a mile later. It’s wonderful to disconnect from technology, but I’d suggest printing a map of the area as the stands near parking don’t provide them. Waterproof boots suggested. Happy hiking!

backpacking
22 days ago

nice and easy. it's paved the whole way.

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

Easy, wide, well maintained and well marked trail at Fullerton Lake Park.

walking
24 days ago

Took the guided hike. It's quite easy but pretty dang cool. Great, knowledgeable staff as well.

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