Best Trails in Louisiana
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Louisiana, Rapides County
01 :01 hrs
The loop hike through Indian Creek Recreation Area is a very scenic route that explores an area of lush vegetation with thick forest and marshland terrain. Hikers will enjoy lots of solitude and opportunity for wildlife viewing as well as nice water views of Indian Creek Reservoir. The recreation area is popular for camping and recreation, especially during the summer so hiking the trail during the other seasons provides the best experience.
Mississippi, Lincoln County
00 :51 hrs
The Mt. Zion Bike Trails are in a great, relatively remote area. This loop trail has great flow, the climbs are always rewarded with fun descents, and lots of intentional obstacles are placed to test your skill and provide a great playground for mountain bikers. You will encounter wooden berms, walls, and tabletops, a 14-foot see-saw, innumerable wooded bridges, and fun jumps. Although this route has many obstacles and challenges, there are always warning signs and turn-offs to avoid them. Alternate loops for beginners and a 1-mile loop for kids are available here with a pavilion stocked with popsicles for the kids. This is a great spot for riders of all abilities.
Louisiana, St. Martin County
01 :44 hrs
Lake Martin is one of the most scenic lakes in all of Louisiana, providing lots of diverse terrain that is home to diverse wildlife and vegetation. The northern part of the lake is located in the Cypress Island Nature Preserve and especially good for birdwatching. The trail around the lake is not official but connecting trails and dirt roads make for an easy circumnavigation around the entire lake. Lake Martin is also popular for paddling and cypress swamp tours.
Texas, Sabine County
09 :18 hrs
Many of the Western states offer much in the way of federal public lands, but Texas is not one of them. Sabine National Forest is one of only four large National Parks within the State. The Trail between the Lakes is one of the best ways to explore this large National Park and the wonders it contains. This long trail, over 27 miles, will be a two day trip for most adventurers, and camping facilities are available. The trail can be hiked either direction, and we have indicated from West to East arbitrarily.
Louisiana, Rapides County
02 :47 hrs
The Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail is the longest trails in all of Louisiana and is a popular destination for backpackers, hikers, and mountain bikers looking to cover some longer distances. The trail is very scenic as it travels through diverse terrain in the Kisatchie National Forest. The trail has multiple trailheads and access points providing hikers of all skill levels lots of different trip options. This section covers the segment of trail between Valentine trailhead and Messina Road. The hike can be done as a longer out-and-back trip or a shorter one-way trip by shuttling vehicles.
01 :39 hrs
This is a great urban ride through the city centers of Biloxi and Ocean Springs. You will ride along the beach in Biloxi with spectacular vistas over the long beach and large open waters. Crossing the bridge to Ocean Springs also offers many views of the water as well as of the cities. Another great beach ride is waiting after you cross the bridge and you will cut through some of the city streets in Ocean Springs and Biloxi before finishing. The cities are busy and there is lots of traffic but bicycle lanes and paths are available.
01 :43 hrs
The Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail is the longest trails in all of Louisiana and is a popular destination for backpackers, hikers, and mountain bikers looking to cover some longer distances. The trail is very scenic as it travels through diverse terrain in the Kisatchie National Forest. The trail has multiple trailheads and access points providing hikers of all skill levels lots of different trip options. This section covers the segment of trail between Messina Road and Forest Service Road 273. The hike can be done as a longer out-and-back trip or a shorter one-way trip by shuttling vehicles.
05 :29 hrs
This scenic recreational pathway is the first in Louisiana to be part of the National Rail-Trail Network and is a popular destination for bikers looking for high mileage and good scenery. The paved corridor passes through lots of undeveloped forested terrain and green space as well as multiple historic communities. The trail has lots of convenient access spots and parking areas giving visitors the option of customizing trips of varying distances. The trail is very flat and very well-maintained so riders of all skill levels will enjoy visiting the trail.
Louisiana, Lincoln County
00 :55 hrs
Lincoln Parish Park is located in the northern outskirts of Ruston and provides visitors a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including biking and hiking on its miles of scenic trails. This ride follows the beginner mountain biking trail which is a great option for less-experienced or younger riders who want to explore the area. There are also sections of advanced trail along this route so be sure to pay attention and stay on the correct trails if you are a beginner rider. The park also offers camping, picnicing, boating, fishing, and a swimming beach.
Louisiana, Natchitoches County
02 :31 hrs
Located in the Kisatchie Wilderness Area, the Backbone Trail is one of the most popular and scenic hikes in all of Louisiana. The trail leads through heavily forested terrain with high ridges that provide excellent views. The hike can be done as a point-to-point hike by shuttling vehicles between the two trailheads. If shuttling cars is not an option, walking 2.5 miles on the dirt road that connects the two trailheads provides the option of a 10-mile loop.
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