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Acadiana Nature Station

"We did not inherit the earth from our fathers. We borrowed it from our children."

This quote is the first thing you'll read when you visit the Acadiana Nature Station website. These words are at the heart of what Curator of Natural Science, Stacey Scarce and Naturalist, Tshy Cross try to educate their visitors on everyday. 

Backbone Trail

Located in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness just north of Alexandria, Louisiana, the Backbone Trail is the best backpacking experience in Louisiana. With plenty of primitive campsites and several spur trails to explore, you could make a great weekend trip out of this trail. The main trail is 7.5-miles one-way. 

Caroline Dormon Trail

Another great trail in the Kistachie National Forest. This 10.5 mile one way trail is great for a weekend backpacking trip. Best time of the year is Fall through Spring as the temperatures are more suitable for humans and best of all NO bugs!

Clark Creek Natural Area

The Clark Creek Natural Area is located in southwestern Mississippi, near Woodville. Comprising more than 700 acres, it is highlighted by some 50 waterfalls, ranging in size from 10 to more than 30 feet in height. Creation and protection of this fabulous area came about in 1978. Please be careful when exploring the 5.6 miles of trail this area, as erosion has already affected some of these trails. 

Fountainebleau State Park

The 2,800-acre park is located on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The park has two trails, including a 1.5-mile nature trail and a 4.8 mile hiking trail to Bayou Cane. The nature trail leads to a short boardwalk overlooking the marsh, then passes through the ruins of an old sugar mill. Over 400 different species of wildlife live in and around Fontainebleau. The Park is bordered on three sides by water--Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine--and characterized by a convergence of diverse ecosystems, it has a multitude of habitats for birds.

Lake Martin Loop

Cypress Island Preserve is approximately 9,500 acres of protected cypress-tupelo swamp and bottomland hardwood forest habitat. There are a 2.5-mile levee walk and a 2.5-mile road walk, that is supposed to create a 5-mile loop trail around Lake Martin. I was unable to finish the trail due to conditions that I felt were unsafe. I do plan to return later in the fall and see if the trail is more open then. From what I saw, this is a beautiful area and I can't wait to return!

Kisatchie Loop (Alternate Route 1)

Kisatchie National Forest is just a short drive north from Alexandria, LA on I-49. Here you'll find rolling hills with dense stands of longleaf pine and arguably the best backpacking experience in Louisiana. There are quite a few trails in this area, and with a couple of short road hikes, I was able to combine some of them to form this loop.

Kisatchie Loop (Alternate Route 2)

Another alternate route for the Kisatchie Loop, which combines several trails into one large loop. This route is 36.5 miles and is perfect for a three-day trip.  

Arguably the most scenic hike in Louisiana, the 1.5 mile Longleaf Vista Trail Nature Trail is located in the Kisatchie National Forest, just NW of Alexandria. The trailhead is at the Longleaf Vista Recreation Area and is suitable for most hikers, including kids.

Tunica Hills WMA Trail A

The Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area is one of the most unique and challenging hikes you can find in Louisiana. Located just north of St Francisville this area is full of steep ravines, sandy bayous, and lots of interesting wildlife. Trail A is the longest of the three trails here, and the most challenging, due to a section that is not well marked.

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Eric Heber - Hiker

I really enjoy the unique hiking and backpacking opportunities that Louisiana has to offer. I have collected information on many trails in Louisiana and put them together so others can enjoy them as well.

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