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.

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

excellant trail easy trails.

Beautiful gardens!

backpacking
3 days ago

First cool day of fall. Great hike after such a hot summer. The trail was a bit overgrown, a little tight in a spot or two, from summer growth, but no big problems. Camped at an overlook of Bayou Cypre...had a great sunrise.

Wildlife everywhere

hiking
3 days 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.

mountain biking
3 days ago

Got rained out so didnt get to experience the entire system. From what I was able to ride, the trail has great potential. It needs better markings. Some areas are not passable, there is one spot that a road crew shoved debris onto the trail and ruined the section. There is a fallen tree at the bottom of a drop that just needs to be cut. If you're hiking, these arent exactly issues. Make sure you have some serious mosquito spray, they are aggressive.

trail running
3 days 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.

Nice, easy trail. A little overgrown in parts but easy to follow. Trail head is accessed through a campground. Two dogs were in our group and they made it fine.

VERY buggy (skeeters) and muddy, with little change in either scenery or elevation. Was happy to check it out since it’s so close to New Orleans but probably won’t return. Only saw two mountain bikers so that wasn’t an issue at all.

The yellow trail (cottonwood trail) was covered in burr grass, the burr grass seeds got stuck in our dogs fur and covered our shoes.

backpacking
10 days ago

Love this 24 mile National Recreational Trail located in the Kisatchie National Forest. Cold clear spring creeks for water sources. Has some challenging hilly sections. Know as a great shakedown trail before you go on other hikes, I think it’s great for enjoying the awesomeness of his Central Louisiana forest.

it was a easy trail. enjoyed it very much.

hiking
13 days 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 unique stop. I'm glad we took the time to stop and take a look. If you are not from the SE, be prepared for the humidity!

mountain biking
18 days ago

Didn’t care for it.

I came out here for a trail run and spent a good deal of my run looking for the trail and the rest of it trying not to get bitten by the enormous spiders. This may be a good hiking trail but it’s horrible for running. I was covered with webs and feeling defeated at 3 miles in, when the trail disappeared on me. Ran in a circle for a bit then used my gps to navigate back to my vehicle.

Don’t go, there are better trails available, with better sites to behold. Go to Chicot or Sam Houston

I live in the area. I just wanted to comment that the trail is not best from March thru October, but instead October thru March. The reason for this is that our summers are unbearably harsh, and our winters are mild and beautiful. Back to the appropriate commentary; this is a wonderful trail.

Great trail. Easy to follow. There are a few places where trees have fallen across the trail. We’d do it again. This trail is DEFINITELY more than 4.4 miles. Much respect to the ones that bike the Beast!

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.

hiked part of the trail I loved every step of it I have hiked in chicot state park and the trail is a million times better than chicot state park I would recommend this trail to anyone wanting a good endurance hike I will be back to finish it and camp as well I found a lot of water sources so all you need is a filter get to hike and remember to hike your own hike!!!

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.

Love this trail

like the trail. over grow. good hike

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.

Excellent quick escape from the city. Feels further than it is. Easy and peaceful scenery.

trail running
1 month ago

Awesome trail, marathon training right now and just did 14 miles on this today. Whooped my butt! Sand hilly path through beautiful forest. From ft Polk get on hwy 117 towards natchitoches, turn off at right before the ranger station and go to the Lotus campground (you can google and go right to that campground) that campground has bathrooms available and the trail entrance is right there. Horses, dogs and atvs allowed. Have fun!

A family favorite local hike! Been here many times. Feels far from civilization. Thanks to whomever made this place open to the public! We love it here!

love this little trail system it's good for some great exercise!

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