Louisiana Hiking, Nature September 30, 2022
Don’t Let These Stunning Views Fool You, The Backbone Trail In Louisiana Is Actually An Easy Hike
Since Louisiana’s terrain is mostly flat, our hiking trails are generally pretty easy. Even the hiking trail to the top of
Driskill Mountain is easy enough that the youngest of nature lovers can tackle it with ease. This particular hiking trail has some incredibly scenic views, but don’t let that fool you, it’s actually an easy hike.
The Backbone Trail is one of the best hiking trails within the Kisatchie National Forest.
The out-and-back trail is about eight miles one way, and usually takes about three or four hours to complete.
Many people use Longleaf Vista Road to make a loop.
This will add about three miles to your hike. Otherwise, you'll need to turn and hike the trail again once you reach the end, which will put you at around 14 miles.
Whether you're on a solo hike or a group outing, the Backbone Trail is perfect for anyone looking to challenge themselves with a longer hike.
Outside of the Kisatche National Forest, you'll have a hard time finding trails that are longer than five miles, but the forest is full of them.
As you make your way through the longleaf pines, keep your eye out for wildlife along the way.
Depending on the time of year, wildflowers may pepper the path. Wild azaleas are abundant in the area and are one of the most striking flowers you'll see.
The terrain can be a bit challenging at times, but we promise, it's not too bad.
This is Louisiana, after all. You'll definitely encounter some elevation and rocky terrain, but it's easily traversable. If you hike the trail after a rainfall, you'll want to make sure you've got your good hiking boots on because it can get slippery.
The trail has some stunning treetop views that you don't come across on your average trail in Louisiana.
You're welcome to pitch a tent and camp along the trail.
Imagine waking up to this view!
Be sure to visit the
Kisatchie National Forest’s website to learn more about camping guidelines, trail maps, and more. Once you hike the Backbone Trail, you’ll want to explore all of the forest trails in Louisiana. Address: Backbone Trail, Montrose Rd, Natchitoches, LA 71457, USA
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