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There’s more than 600,000 acres of protected forest at Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana, meaning endless outdoor adventures!

Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana

The forest is located just southwest of Alexandria and offers visitors some of the prettiest views in Louisiana, think rolling piney hills and outdoor adventures. Kisatchie draws extra attention in that it is the only National Forest designated in the state of Louisiana. 

Kisatchie National Forest’s beauty sprawls over seven parishes offering one of largest protected lands in Louisiana and is packed with outdoor activities – including camping, fishing, birding, nature viewing, swimming, boating and more. Additionally, the forest offers more than 40 developed recreation sites and more than 100 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding.

• Fishing in Kisatchie National Forest

Fishing opportunities are abundant throughout Kisatchie National Forest. Each Ranger District has its own popular fishing areas where anglers can hook catfish, bass, perch and more. Some highlights include the Corney Lake Recreation Area, in the Caney District, which is a large 2,300-acre reservoir perfect for dropping in a line. Kincaid Lake in the Evangeline unit of Calcasieu Ranger District is a 2,600-acre reservoir with multiple docks and boat put-ins. In the Kisatchie District, head to the Kisatchie Bayou for lovely views of the rocky waters surrounded by old growth hardwood and pine, perfect for fishing with a view. And there are many more fishing areas to discover. 

• Camping in Kisatchie

Whether you prefer camping in your tent under the stars or camping in an RV, each Ranger District in Kisatchie offers a wide-range of campground camping and RV camping areas. Popular camping areas in the Kisatchie Ranger District, which is home to 10 campgrounds, is the Kistachie Bayou Recreation Complex perfect for camping and having access to trails, fishing and boating activities with great views of the sandstone hills and surrounding forests.

*Check websites for current campground information.

• Horseback Riding

You can hit the trails on horseback in multiple areas of the Kisatchie National Forest. One of the most popular spots is the Caroline Dormon Trail, which features 10.5 miles of beautiful trails that meander through the forest. Guided horseback riding tours are available with the Hayes E. Daze Ranch that take visitors on one, two, or three-hour guided horseback rides under the shade of the pine canopy.

• Hiking in Kisatchie National Forest

There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails in Kisatchie with distances varying from a half-mile to nearly 30 miles. Each hiking trail provides a deep dive into the wilderness and all the area’s natural beauty — it will be a tough decision on which trail to explore! For beginners, families or anyone who appreciates a great view, head to the Longleaf Vista Interpretive Trail. This 1.5-mile loop winds through the forests and on ridges providing excellent views of the 8,700-acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness. After your hike enjoy the recreation area and have a picnic. Other popular hiking trails include the Wild Azalea Trail, a 23.9 mile hike (don’t worry, you can do as much or as little as desired) filled with azaleas that are blooming in the spring. Also check out the Sugar Cane Trail, near Minden, that is perfect for all abilities. The trail winds around Caney Lake with wild flowers lining the trails.

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