4 Amazing Hikes in Louisiana Parks

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Gorgeous country!

Take advantage of these trails. Day hiking or a trail for backpacking. Do it especially if seeing a gator is on your bucket list! The birds are pretty incredible, too. And the lushness of plant life.

If Winter is coming to your hiking world you can warm it up in Louisiana!

Watch out for the Alligators…See you on the trails.

They don’t call Louisiana Sportsman’s paradise for nothing. What we lack in elevation we make up for in density of flora and fauna. All across the state there are amazing opportunities to reconnect with nature. From waterfalls, to gulf beach vistas, to marsh trails with alligators; Louisiana has everything a nature lover could want.

1. Tunica Hills WMA / Clark’s Creek, near St. Francisville, LA

1. Tunica Hills WMA / Clark's Creek, near St. Francisville, LA

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Some of the highest bluffs within 3 hours of southern Louisiana, the Tunica Hills wildlife management area offers some of the most beautiful terrain in the state. Cross over the border to Mississippi for a pleasant day hike or explore the miles of trails and camping in the Tunica Hills WMA area.

2. Grand Isle Birding Trail, Grand Isle, LA

3. Grand Isle Birding Trail, Grand Isle, LA

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Home to some of the most spectacular sunsets in the state, Grand Isle is also a favorite stop over point for birds from around the world. Visit during the migratory bird festival to catch beauties like this Indigo Bunting.

3. Barataria Preserve Trails, Jean Lafitte National Park

5. Barataria Preserve Trails, Jean Lafitte National Park

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Just minutes away from downtown New Orleans, these covered walkways through the marsh are a perfect way to get a taste of the swamp when visiting the city. Aim for April or May to see the blooming Louisiana Iris. Look out for gators!

4. Wild Azalea Trail, Kisatchie National Forest

6. Wild Azalea Trail, Kisatchie National Forest

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The longest trail in the state, this 28-mile hike offers a variety of ecosystems. Go in March and April to admire the blooming wild Azaleas that are this trail’s namesake.

So before you say there’s nowhere to hike in Louisiana, make sure you check out some of these amazing trails.

Thanks to Kezia Kamenetz for this article: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/louisiana/8-hikes-la/
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