This Rural Road Trip Will Lead You To Some Of The Best Countryside Hidden Gems In Louisiana
By Jackie Ann|Updated on December 07, 2023(Originally published July 27, 2022)
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.
Calling all road warriors! We’ve got another road trip in Louisiana for you, this time leading to some of the lesser-known attractions in Louisiana. We’ll be driving through the countryside, starting up in the northern part of the state and heading south for a bit. The entire road trip from point to point is less than two hours, but you’ll want to allow ample time to stop and enjoy the sites. We’ve even included a place to stay so you don’t have to worry about driving back home at the end of the day. What a perfect weekend road trip!
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Jackie Ann|December 07, 2023
What are the best road trips in Louisiana?
Some of the best road trips in Louisiana include:
Creole Nature Trail: This 180-mile All-American Road takes you through some of the most scenic parts of southwestern Louisiana. It stretches from the Lake Charles Area all the way down to the Gulf Coast, with plenty of National Wildlife Refuges and scenic areas to stop and stretch your legs.
Longleaf Scenic Byway: This scenic road trip in Louisiana takes you through Louisiana’s Kisatchie National Forest. At 17 miles, it may not be the longest, but it covers some of the most diverse landscapes in the state. Plus, there are ample opportunities to park the car and tackle one of the many hiking trails in the Kisatchie National Forest.
Some of the best hiking trails in Louisiana include:
Tammany Trace: Louisiana’s only rail trail weaves through five towns in St. Tammany Parish. The paved path runs for 31 miles with a trailhead at each town. It’s a popular hiking trail for bikes and pedestrians, and an equestrian trail runs for some (not all) of the Trace.
Wild Azalea Trail: The Wild Azalea Trail is the longest primitive trail in Louisiana. Located in the Kisatchie National Forest, the trail clocks in at 24 miles out and back. The start and end points of the Wild Azalea Trail are the Woodworth Town Hall and the Valentine Lake Recreation Area. Both offer parking.