These 8 Louisiana Hiking Spots Are Out Of This World

They don’t call Louisiana a Sportsman’s paradise for nothing. What we lack in elevation we make up for in density of flora and fauna. All across the state, there are amazing opportunities to reconnect with nature. From waterfalls to gulf beach vistas, to marsh trails with alligators; Louisiana has everything a nature lover could want. Here are a few of the most beautiful places to hike in Louisiana:

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Address: LA-66, St Francisville, LA 70775, USA
Address: 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Address: Grand Isle, LA, USA
Address: 10, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
Address: 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072, USA
Address: 352-398 Castor Plunge Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485, USA
Address: 2907 N Toledo Park Rd, Zwolle, LA 71486, USA
Address: 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
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Most beautiful places to hike in Louisiana

January 29, 2021

What are the best family-friendly hikes in Louisiana?

There are plenty of hikes in Louisiana that the entire family can enjoy. Located in Marrero, Barataria Preserve features 23,000 acres of beautiful swamps, marshes, and forests that all ages will enjoy. The little ones will love getting to spot all of the abundant wildlife and there are interpretive signs along the trail so you can learn more about your surroundings. For a more rugged trail, head into the Kisatchie National Forest, which is full of hundreds of primitive trails that will challenge the whole family (without being too strenuous).

Which hikes in Louisiana are short and sweet?

We love hiking through Louisiana’s beautiful scenery, but we don’t always have all day to get lost in nature. Luckily, Louisiana has plenty of short and sweet hikes that you can knock out in an hour or two without compromising on scenery. Many of the Louisiana State Parks offer trails that are under two miles in length, as well as nature centers like Barataria Preserve, The Louisiana Arboretum, and the Acadiana Nature Center.

Can I hike to historical sites in Louisiana?

You sure can! Both nature lovers and history buffs will thoroughly enjoy visiting Poverty Point, a World Heritage Site in northeast Louisiana. Over 3,000 years old, the site was once a thriving trading hub and living community for the Poverty Point people. In addition to the trail that you can take that will lead you all around the site, you’ll also be able to view all of the artifacts that have been uncovered. If you’re in the southeastern part of the state, check out The Woodlands, where you can take the Bottomland Trail that will lead you to a grouping of ammunition magazines left over from WWII, certainly something you don’t come across every day!

Address: LA-66, St Francisville, LA 70775, USA
Address: 1300 Sudie Lawton Lane, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Address: Grand Isle, LA, USA
Address: 10, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
Address: 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072, USA
Address: 352-398 Castor Plunge Rd, Woodworth, LA 71485, USA
Address: 2907 N Toledo Park Rd, Zwolle, LA 71486, USA
Address: 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA