Louisiana Hiking, Nature November 06, 2017
7 Of The Greatest Hiking Trails On Earth Are Right Here In Louisiana
From beautiful bayou views to treetop vistas, Louisiana has some of the most incredible hiking trails you’ll see in the South. Grab your boots and come explore some of the most amazing trails on earth.
1. Sugar Cane Trail
This 7-mile trail through the Kisatchie National Forest will lead you through the beautiful pine forest with beautiful views. The trail is fairly easy to hike, weather permitting, just be sure to bring some bug spray. Forest Service Rd 811, Minden, LA 71055.
2. Barataria Preserve
You’ll love the boardwalk trails over at Barataria Preserve. The views through the swamp are magnificent, and you’ll get up close and personal with Louisiana’s natural landscape. There are multiple trails, all under two miles, so you can mix and match depending on how much time you have. 6588 Barataria Blvd. Marrero, LA.
3. Tammany Trace
31 miles of paved pathway perfect for hiking, biking, or rollerblading. The trail goes through Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe, and Slidell, so you can jump on an off at any time. There’s also an equestrian trail that runs through parts of the trace.
4. Longleaf Vista Trail
This scenic byway near Provencal, Louisiana is 17 miles and runs through the Kisatchie Forest. The views you’ll see from the trail are simply unbelievable, and it’ll make you question if you’re actually in Louisiana.
5. Chicot State Park Loop Trail
This loop trail is almost 20 miles, completely encircling Lake Chicot. The views are phenomenal, and the trails allow visitors to view the bottomland hardwood forest with beautiful lake views. Located at 3469 Chicot Park Road, Ville Platte, LA 70586.
6. White Tail Trail
You’ll find White Tail Trail over in Lake Claiborne State Park, in Northern Louisiana. This 2.6-mile loop trail has the most beautiful views of Lake Claiborne you’ll ever see. Find it at 225 State Park Road, Homer, LA 71040.
7. Wild Azalea Trail
The Wild Azalea Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail due to its outstanding scenic values, so it's no wonder it made this list. At around 31 miles, it’s the longest trail in the state. There are several primitive camping sites along the trail, so bring your tent and make a weekend out of it! The trail begins on Caster Plunge Road in Woodworth and you can park at the Woodworth Cemetery.
What’s your favorite trail? Let us know in the comments below!