This Dreamy Road Trip Will Take You To The Best Fall Foliage In All Of Louisiana
By Jackie Ann|Updated on September 20, 2021(Originally published September 19, 2021)
Louisiana native and LSU Alum (Geaux Tigers!), Jackie has lived in Louisiana for over three decades and currently lives in New Orleans. She's been writing for OnlyInYourState since 2016 and can often be found with a coffee at her side, dreaming of her next adventure.
Louisiana has some incredible fall foliage, you just need to know where to find it. According to the experts at the Smoky Mountains, Louisiana won’t see peak fall foliage until the end of October or early November, and then it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and head to these locations to see the spectacular amber, golden, orange, and red hues that nature takes on. We’ve created a wonderful road trip you can take so you can get views of the best fall foliage in Louisiana. Gas up the car and get ready because it’s leaf-peeping season.
Of course, there’s so much more to do at state parks than watch the leaves change color. There are 21 state parks peppered throughout Louisiana, each one more beautiful than the next. For more information, check out our previous article here.
Do you plan on visiting any of these places for epic leaf peeping? Where is your favorite spot to watch the leaves change color and see the best fall foliage in Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below!
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What is the best time to see peak fall foliage in Louisiana?
While peak fall foliage in Louisiana varies year to year (and parish to parish) you can expect this year’s fall foliage to peak around the end of October and the beginning of November. As you head further south, you can expect to see the leaves peak around mid-November or even later, depending on the weather.
Where are the best places in Louisiana to see fall foliage?
Even though Louisiana isn’t high on the list of states that have a reputation for brilliant fall colors, Louisiana still does have some truly beautiful places to see the trees change hues. The northern part of the state has some of best places in Louisiana to see the fall foliage, including Lake Claiborne State Park, Chemin-A-Haut State Park, and Jimmie Davis State Park. Just a little further south and you’ll encounter North and South Toledo Bend State Park, both beautiful state parks which are great places to view the leaves changing color.
What are the best Louisiana hikes to take in the fall?
Some of the best Louisiana hikes to take in the fall are found in the Kisatchie National Forest. Louisiana’s only national forest is over 600,000 acres sprawled out across seven parishes and divided into five Ranger Districts. There are endless primitive trails throughout the forest, perfect for both the quick hike or the epic adventurer looking to make a weekend out of it.