Where to Go

Acadiana Park Nature Station

The Nature Station is right here in Lafayette! The Acadiana Park Nature Trail is a 42-acre tract of land purchased by the City of Lafayette in 1967. This land has been maintained in an unaltered state to provide a wooded oasis in the midst of sprawling urbanization.
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The Backbone Trail – Kisatchie National Forest

The Red Dirt (aka Kisatchie Ranger District) is the highest and hilliest section of Kisatchie.  You’ll find Longleaf pines on soaring ridges.  This is also one of the few areas in the state to find rock outcroppings.  Red Dirt is home to the Backbone Trail and the Caroline Dormon Trail.
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Chicot State Park

Chicot State Park covers over 6,400 acres of rolling hills and water in South Central Louisiana. An extensive hiking and backpacking trail completely encircles Lake Chicot and includes several primitive campsites along the way.
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Clark Creek Natural Area – Waterfall Hike

This area is often referred to as Pond or Tunica Hills. It is distinguished by its rugged terrain and waterfalls along Clark Creek. Spring and fall are the best times to visit. This is a DAY USE AREA Only. It is located about 20 miles north of St. Francisville.
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Eagle Rock Loop

This trail offers the longest loop trail in Arkansas. A combination of the Little Missouri, the Athens-Big Fork and part of the Viles Branch Horse Trail, this trail travels through the southwest portion of the Ouachita National Forest. Trail difficulty ranges from easy to most difficult. The trail crosses the Little Missouri River nine times and travels over nine mountains. There are also numerous creek crossings.
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Fausse Pointe State Park

Located on the edge of the Atchafalaya Basin Spillway, this park offers a marked canoe trail with primitive campsites, several miles of hiking trails, waterfront cabins, campsites, boat launch, pavilions, conference center and a playground. There are miles of waterways for canoeing and kayaking. Located south of St. Martinville on the west guideline levee.
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Kincaid Loop Trail – Kistachie National Forest

This relaxing 9 mile loop is one of the longer hikes in our area, but the easy terrain and the variety of scenery on the trail makes the miles pass quickly.  The route will take you along the hilly shore of Lake Kincaid before intersecting with the Wild Azalea Trail for a short time.
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Mount Driskill

The highest point in Louisiana!  Every outdoor enthusiast from Louisiana should take the time to climb our high point.  The hike is short, but it’s worth it just to say you’ve done it!
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Saline Bayou Trail

Saline Bayou is a beautiful winding lowland bayou.  This is a wonderful day hike along a waterway that can truly be called magical in beauty.
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Valentine Lake Trail – Kisatchie National Forest

The Valentine Lake Loop Trail in Kisatchie National Forest travels along the full north shore of Valentine Lake and then breaks away to the north to make a complete 3.4 mile loop through a diverse variety of ecosystems.
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Wild Azalea Trail – Kisatchie National Forest

The longest hiking and backpacking trail in Louisiana at just over 28 miles, this trail traverses the hills of Kisatchie from Woodworth to Lake Valentine.  The trail crosses numerous streams, pine forest, lowland hardwood forests and more!
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