Louisiana September 11, 2018
The One Trail In Louisiana That Will Lead You Miles Away From It All
We are getting closer to the cooler weather that fall brings, and when the weather drops, it’s the perfect time to get outside and explore this beautiful state of ours. This particular trail makes for a delightful fall hike you’re sure to love.
Tucked away in the Kisatchie National Forest, the Wild Azalea Trail is the longest hiking trail in the state.
Clocking in at around 31 miles, the trail is located just southwest of Alexandria in the Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District of the Kisatchie National Forest.
The out-and-back trail has trailheads at the Woodsworth Town Hall and the Valentine Lake Recreation Area.
Feel free to park your car at one of the endpoints and explore as far as you’d like. For an epic adventure, bring a tent and hike the entire length - you can sleep on the trail.
The Wild Azalea Trail has been designated a National Recreation Trail due to its remarkable scenic views.
Named for the wild azaleas that bloom in the spring, this trail is perfect for hikers, bikers, and even those looking to explore the trail on horseback.
The landscape ranges from flat to rolling hills as it meanders through the forest.
You’ll be surrounded by towering pines and unique terrain. You’ll encounter a bit of a challenge here and there, but this trail is still suitable for hikers of all experience levels.
Because of its location nestled in the forest, you’ll feel like you’re miles away from it all.
And you are! This trail is a welcome retreat from when you just need to immerse yourself in nature for a day or two.
Have you ever hiked the Wild Azalea Trail? Tell us about your experience in the comments below!