Nature January 09, 2019
7 Beautiful And Scenic Trails In Louisiana That Are Perfect For Beginners
Louisiana is full of beautifully scenic trails just waiting to be explored. If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors or being more active, then these trails are perfect. All of these trails can be easily knocked out in an afternoon or less, and offer some of the most beautiful scenery in the state.
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1. Restoration Park Trail
Located in West Monroe, this fun little trail is about a mile in length along a wooded, wetland setting. Great for a morning walk or an afternoon stroll, this little trail is beautiful no matter when you go. 700 Downing Pines, West Monroe, LA 71292.
2. Driskill Mountain Trail
Perhaps the most "difficult" trail on the list, the Driskill Mountain Trail is just shy of two miles long and absolutely worth the road trip. The hike to the top is fairly easy, and the views from Louisiana’s tallest natural summit are simply unparalleled.
3. White Tail Trail
At 6 miles in length, the White Tail Trail is the longest trail on the list, but still easily doable by even the novice hiker. Located in the Lake Claiborne State Park, this trail offers tons of wildlife viewing amidst a forest setting and some delightful lake views. 225 State Park Rd., Homer, LA 71040.
4. Fullerton Mill Trail
The Fullerton Lake Recreation Complex sits at the site of what was once the Fullerton Sawmill, and you can see the ruins of the sawmill along the trail. While nature is slowly reclaiming the building, it was once one of the largest sawmill operations in the south. The trail is about 1.5 miles long and is great for both hiking and biking. 125 LA-399, Pitkin, LA 70656.
5. Lake Martin Levee Trail
For a quintessential Louisiana nature trail, head on over to Breaux Bridge and take a stroll along the Lake Martin Levee Trail. It’s about 5 miles long, but the views alone are absolutely worth it. 1209 Rookery Rd., Breaux Bridge, LA 70517.
6. Blackwater Conservation Area Trail
Once a dirt/gravel mine, the Blackwater Conservation Area Trail was established in 2002 and has become quite the popular recreation spot for those in the Greater Baton Rouge area. The trail is roughly a mile long and is a great little hidden gem if you’re in the area. 9385 Blackwater Rd., Baker, LA 70714.
7. Northlake Nature Center Trails
There are a few different trails over at the Northlake Nature Center, and each one is less than two miles long, so you can mix and match to fit your day. You’ll have beautifully scenic bayou and swamp views and have the opportunity to see scores of wildlife. 23135 US-190, Mandeville, LA 70448.
So, what are you waiting for? Lace up your hiking boots and get to exploring our beautiful state!