- 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. Unlike many other national forests, the 600,000 acre Kisatchie is not one large unit; its six ranger districts are geographically separate from one another.
There's a place where you can walk among the tall longleaf pines, observe the varied wildflowers, watch a bass strike among the cypress trees, and hear the chatter of a big orange squirrel called a chucklehead. It offers everything from rocky bluffs to dark mysterious bayous, and noted for its open, parklike stands of tall pines.
Recreation - Camping, fishing, hunting, and hiking are some of the activities available on the Kisatchie. Mountain biking, motorcycle riding, and horseback riding are increasing in the forest.
Climate - Louisiana experiences mild, comfortable winters and warm to hot, humid summers. The area can offer a relatively warm escape for snow-free outdoor recreation during the winter months. Be prepared for occasional cold weather during the winter.
The Kisatchie is broken into several segments, scattered across northern Louisiana and headquartered in Pineville. Much of the Forest is easily accessible via Interstate 49 between Shreveport and Lafayette.