Kisatchie National Forest

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Kisatchie National Forest

Louisiana

(318) 473-7160

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Overview

Located in the piney hills and hardwood bottoms of seven central and northern Louisiana parishes, the Kisatchie National Forest is the only national forest in the Pelican State and provides opportunities for many kinds of recreation activities including: camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle use, nature study, sightseeing, and road & mountain bicycle riding. The forest offers more than 40 developed recreation sites and over 100 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Saline Bayou was designated a national scenic river in the fall of 1986. A 13-mile water trail has been developed on Saline Bayou. Two national recreation trails are located on the forest, the Wild Azalea Trail and the Sugar Cane Trail.

Map of Kisatchie Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 31.950198, -92.811087

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Activities

  • Boating

    Valentine Lake is accessible to canoe launching from both day-use areas, the group-use area and both the campgrounds. In order to keep with the quiet and peaceful atmosphere of Valentine Lake, motorized boats are not allowed.

    Kincaid Lake, a 2,600 acre reservoir, provides two moved paved boat launches and a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, swimming, picnicking, boating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, and bicycling.

    Boating on Blue Hole, Government Pond, Fullerton Lake, and Cypress Pond are limited to non-motorized boating. Fullerton Lake has a canoe launch ramp available at the day-use area within the recreation complex. Fishing from all four lakes and ponds can be productive but users should have the legal licensing requirements with the proper equipment to meet state regulations.

  • Bicycling

    There are numerous trails throughout the forest that are marked as multi-use trails. Distances vary from one half mile to nearly 30 miles. Most traverse across rolling hill terrain with many scenic areas scattered throughout. Check with the District pages in this website for more detailed information and maps of all the available trails. The streams and tributaries are not drinkable so bring plenty of water. Know your surroundings and check the weather before your trip.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    The Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway is an auto tour trail along the Longleaf Trail Highway 59, which follows various points of interest and history of the area along with very unique-to-Louisiana scenery. The trail is 17 miles long and is paved from one end to the other. The connection points are at the intersection of Louisiana Hwy 117 at the west end to Louisiana Hwy 119 at the east end.

  • Camping

    There are many camping facilities throughout the forest. From primitive camping in tents, to full hookup camping in your motor home or travel trailer. Check the district you're interested in to find out what they have to offer.

  • Fishing

    Fishing and hunting on the Kisatchie National Forest is in a setting with some of Louisiana's most beautiful landscapes. The regulations for Louisiana hunting and fishing are applied on the forest, although there are added regulations in some areas. Check with the district office that you plan on recreating at before your trip.

  • Hiking

    There are numerous trails throughout the Forest that are marked as multi-use trails. Distances vary from one half mile to nearly 30 miles. Most traverse across rolling hill terrain with many scenic areas scattered throughout. For example, visitors to the Sugar Cane National Recreation Trail can enjoy hiking or biking through a very diverse ecosystem, from boggy hardwood bottomland to hillside pine groves to lakeshore views of Upper Caney Lake. More adventuresome travelers can explore the seven mile long Backbone Trail, the 1.5-mile High Ridge Trail, the 1.5-mile Turpentine Hill Trail, and the 0.5-mile Explorer Trail, which are very remote and primitive. Check with the individual districts for more detailed information and maps of all the available trails. The streams and tributaries are not drinkable so bring plenty of water. Know your surroundings and check the weather before your trip.

  • Horseback Riding

    There are numerous trails throughout the Forest that are marked as multi-use trails; contact individual district offices for more details.

  • Hunting

    Fishing and hunting on the Kisatchie National Forest is in a setting with some of Louisiana's most beautiful landscapes. The regulations for Louisiana hunting and fishing are applied on the Forest, although there are added regulations in some areas. Check with the district office that you plan on recreating at before your trip.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    The Calcasieu Ranger District, the Kisatchie Ranger District and the Catahoula Ranger District have Off-Highway Vehicle Trails. The Kisatchie Ranger District's Sandstone Trail is seasonally closed from January 1st through April 30 of each year for renovations and repairs. All trails have the chance of closure due to excessive rain. Check with the district office before your trip.

  • Picnicking

    Some day and group-use areas include fishing areas, swimming areas, access to hiking and biking areas, and include picnicking and barbecues. Check the district you're interested in to find out what they have to offer.

  • RVing

    There are many camping facilities throughout the forest, from primitive camping in tents to full hookup camping in your motor home or travel trailer. Check the district you're interested in to find out what they have to offer.

  • Water Sports

    Some day and group-use areas include fishing areas, swimming areas, access to hiking and biking areas, and include picnicking and barbecues. Kincaid Lake, a 2,600 acre reservoir, provides two moved paved boat launches and a wide range of outdoor opportunities including camping, swimming, picnicking, boating, water skiing, fishing, hiking, and bicycling. Check the district you're interested in to find out what they have to offer.

Seasonality/Weather

Some trails may be closed seasonally for repairs; contact the district office for more information.

Directions

Driving

Contact the district office for directions to a specific location of interest.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(318) 473-7160

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