Valentine Lake Hiking 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. Through flat to hilly upland pines to mixed hardwood creek bottoms.
Wildflowers and plant species can be abundant at certain times of the year. Wildlife can be observed at any time along the trail because of its remote surrounding forest.
To get to the Valentine Lake Campgrounds in Kisatchie, travel on Highway 28 West from Alexandria, Louisiana for 14 miles. Turn left onto LA Highway 121 at Gardner and go 1/2 mile to Forest Road 279 (Valentine Road). Turn left onto FS 279 and go 1 mile to Forest Road 282 and turn right. Follow FS 282 to the entrance of Valentine Lake Recreation Area. The Northshore Campground is at the first paved road to the right. The Southshore Campground is temporarily closed.