9 Low-Key Hikes In Louisiana With Amazing Payoffs

There’s no better way to see the Louisiana landscape than on foot, and these are some of the best trails in Louisiana that you’ll want to add to your bucket list. Some are long, some are relatively short, but all of them come with amazing payoffs. 

How many of these hikes have you been on? Are there other low-key hikes that you love? Let us know in the comments below!

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Address: Chicot State Park, 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Address: Backbone Trail, Montrose Rd, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
Address: Acadiana Park Nature Station, 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
Address: Tickfaw State Park, 27225 Patterson Rd, Springfield, LA 70462, USA
Address: Boy Scout Road Trail, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
Address: Lake D'Arbonne State Park, 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241, USA
Address: Driskill Mountain, Louisiana 71275, USA
Address: Lake Martin, Louisiana, Louisiana 70517, USA
Address: Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072, USA
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May 15, 2022

What are the best family-friendly hikes in Louisiana?

Since Louisiana is fairly flat, our hiking trails are generally kid-friendly. Even the trails in the Kisatchie National Forest are easy enough for the youngest of nature lovers, given they don’t mind a mud puddle or two. The trails within the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens are not only short and sweet, but feature several informative signs along the way to make the outing educational as well as fun.

Can I hike to historical sites in Louisiana?

If you’re a history lover, you should visit Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in northeast Louisiana. The trail is only a mile long and will give you an up-close look at what remains of a mysterious civilization.

What are the best beaches in Louisiana?

One of the best-kept secrets in Louisiana is how many beautiful beaches we have. Even in the northern part of the state, state parks like Lake Claiborne State Park and Jimmie Davis State Park both offer white sandy beaches nestled around a forested setting that’s ideal for a day of summer fun. In the southern part of the state, both Holly Beach and Rutherford Beach offer unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico and endless miles of beaches to sink your toes into. Both of these beaches are great for finding seashells, so keep your eyes peeled!

Address: Chicot State Park, 3469 Chicot Park Rd, Ville Platte, LA 70586, USA
Address: Backbone Trail, Montrose Rd, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
Address: Acadiana Park Nature Station, 1205 E Alexander St, Lafayette, LA 70501, USA
Address: Tickfaw State Park, 27225 Patterson Rd, Springfield, LA 70462, USA
Address: Boy Scout Road Trail, Lacombe, LA 70445, USA
Address: Lake D'Arbonne State Park, 3628 Evergreen Rd, Farmerville, LA 71241, USA
Address: Driskill Mountain, Louisiana 71275, USA
Address: Lake Martin, Louisiana, Louisiana 70517, USA
Address: Barataria Preserve, 6588 Barataria Blvd, Marrero, LA 70072, USA