Summertime is here and for those of you who like to get out and be one with nature, there is nothing better than going on a good hike.
Wait a minute, there aren't any decent trails in Louisiana you say? Hey, they don't call Louisiana "Sportman's Paradise" for nothing!
There are quite a few really nice places to hike in the Bayou State. Here a few of my favorite trails throughout the state.
Clark Creek Natural Area
near St. Francisville
Technically, Clark Creek is just into Mississippi, but since it's right past St. Francisville, we can basically call it a Louisiana hiking trail. This place certainly will astound first-time visitors. It will task you with its terrain but the waterfalls and stream beds are what attract most to this area.
Wild Azalea Trail at Kisatchie National Forest
This trail carries the honor of being the longest hiking trail in the state at 28 miles in length. It's located just south and west of Alexandria. It can be traversed in a single day for the super ambitious, or a multi-day backpacking trip for those who want to take their time. Kisatchie also features three other popular trails.
Chicot State Park
One of the longest trails within a state park in Louisiana, the 22-mile hike around Chicot Lake offers amazingly breathtaking views of Cypress Swamp. You could even spend the night if you were so inclined as primitive campsites are stationed along the way.
Barataria Preserve Trails at Jean Lafitte National Park
Just minutes from downtown New Orleans, this is a pretty cool hike if you want to get a taste of the swamp. This trail features covered walkways through the marsh. The park is also a favorite among canoers.
Acadiana Park Nature Station
For those here in Acadiana who don't want to drive too far away and have to hike for miles, the nature trail at this Northside Lafayette park is a local favorite. Most of the trail is dirt/rocks but there is a nice portion that features wooded walkways.
These are just the ones in the state that me and my family have enjoyed. I know there are plenty more. We'd love for you to share your favorites with us. And let us know what makes your favorite trail the best in the state!