Louisiana Hiking, Nature August 24, 2018
The Ultimate Bucket List For Anyone Who Loves Waterfront Trails In Louisiana
We love to get out and about to enjoy the natural landscape. Hiking is a great way to explore amazing areas, but not every journey has to be an epic trek. Louisiana’s waterfront trails offer some of the most beautiful scenery around! While some stretch out for miles, many of them are pathways and boardwalks that let you take an easygoing stroll. From the bayous to lakes, here are some of the most scenic waterfront trails in Louisiana to put on your bucket list:
1. Arthur Teague Trail
The Arthur Teague Trail is roughly nine miles long and runs parallel to the Red River. The trail begins at the Diamond Jack Casino and ends near the Red River Wildlife Refuge. It's a great spot for hiking, jogging, and biking.
2. Barataria Preserve
The preserve has both dirt trails and boardwalks that will take you through some of the most beautiful scenery around and immerse you in the natural oasis all around you. You'll find it at 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero, LA 70072.
3. Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Reserve
Located within New Orleans city limits, the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Reserve encompasses 23,000 acres of fresh and brackish marshes. The boardwalk trail will lead you through parts of these beautiful wetlands and you’ll have the opportunity to see tons of wildlife and plant life. It's located at 61389 LA-434, Lacombe, LA 70445
4. Chicot State Park
The 20-mile hiking trail at Chicot State Park completely encircles Lake Chicot and offers stunning views of the water. Don't worry, you don't have to trek the whole thing to see absolutely amazing sights! Pick the distance that's right for you and get out there to explore this incredible destination. Chicot State Park is located at 3469 Chicot Park Rd., Ville Platte, LA 70586.
5. Sugar Cane Trail
Located near Minden in the Kisatchie National Forest, this trail is about 6.5 miles long and has beautiful views of Upper Caney Lake.
6. White Tail Trail
Head over to Lake Claiborne State Park for this neat little trail. The White Tail Trail is just shy of three miles and there’s a very good chance you’ll see some deer while on your hike. You'll find it at 225 State Park Rd., Homer, LA 71040.
7. Lakeview Nature Trail
The Lakeview Nature Trail over at South Toledo Bend State Park is great for wildlife viewing. The area is a common nesting ground for bald eagles, so keep an eye out for eagles and other animals in the area. The Lakeview Nature Trail over at South Toledo Bend State Park is located at 120 Bald Eagle Rd., Anacoco, LA 71403.
8. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
The boardwalk trail at this popular NWR in Monroe is a great place for wildlife viewing. From birds to snakes to gators, keep your eyes peeled and you’re sure to see something. Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge is located at 480 Richland Pl., Monroe, LA 71203.
9. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center
Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center has over a mile of gravel paths and boardwalks that will lead you through 102 acres of lush cypress-tupelo swamp and beautiful beech-magnolia hardwood forests. Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center is located at 10503 N Oak Hills Pkwy., Baton Rouge, LA 70810.
What’s your favorite waterfront trail in Louisiana? Let us know in the comments below!