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General Information

Description - 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.

Location - 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.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

Trip Reports:
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Filed By: Robert R. Eiils
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: As an Evniromental sci. student at LSUS with a great intrest in plants I find myself returning to Kisatchie NF quite often. Everytime I go it seems as though I find something new everytime. The last time I was there I found not one but TWO colonies of leafcutter ants seperated by a distance of at least 8 miles! My only complaint is with the 4-weel and off road types, I for on would like to see their use banned within the wildlife mgt. area. There are so few enforcement officers that it is almost impossable for them to keep up with the violations of these people. I have seen many parts of the forest where they have torn up pristine areas that are off the marked trails. Other than that I would recomend that eveybody who gets the chance visits the park and plans to stay the weekend, camping in the park is a blast! But keep your eyes open b/c you never know what you will see!

Filed By: Avery Vince (Plaquemine, Louisiana)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: We were having the time of our lives out there riding 4 wheelers you know going along picking any trash on the ground that anyone may have accidently dropped , because it's so beautiful out there .The trail are rough ! I did get seperated from my group but I was still on the trail so stopped to wait just a couple of feet off the trail in case any other riders came by they could pass. Not long after I was sitting there my friend finally pulls up we stayed there to wait the other riders that were with us ,we were very tired and we were 20 feet from a gravel road when we saw a Law Enforcement truck pass . We flagged him down to ask if we could follow that gravel road back to our camp sight well he backed up and emediatly demanded our drivers liscense and said he was writing us both citations for being ONE FOOT off the marked trail we tied to explain that we were waiting for our other riders and very harsh he said yes i just wrote them $1,000.00 in tickets also, so we just let him do his job and told him thanks for nothing. Oh yea ours were $100.00 also . If anyone knows how we can get this taken care of PLEASE e-mail @ clickumn@aol.com we would be very thankfull.but other than that we had the times of our lives !!!!!!!!!

Filed By: Kevin Flash
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Backpacked the backbone trail as a loop hike by parking at the south trail head and walking about 2.5 miles up the road to the northern trail head. The first 3-4 miles of the trail is fairly scenic and easy walking but does not have any available water. At about 2 miles there is a side spur trail and then again at about the 4 mile mark is another side trail to the Turpentine Hill trail. After the first 4 miles along the ridge line the trail then dips in and out of several forested 'valleys' with bayous and creeks at the bottoms. It continues this way until it exits at the Dorman/Backbone parking lot. Plenty of good campsites all along the trial and the side spurs, but you will need water for the first half of the trip. It can also be combined with the Turpentine Hill trail loop or continue along the Dorman trail for more mileage and/or nights.

Filed By: Steve Mast
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Forest Service has promoted off road motorcycle,4 wheeler, horse, biking and hiking on its 90+ miles of marked trails at its Claiborne Multiuse Trail location, west of Forest Hill, LA on LA112. There is a large camping area with vault toilet. It is very popular on the weekends so come prepared to share. Yes, the 4 wheeler crowd does roam the woods till 2 am. There is no curfew. The trails are wonderful for all the varied sports. More on the location is addressed at my link http://www.geocities.com/byumomee/Forest_Hills_Trails.html

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Excellent trip. Perefect weather. Couldn't ask for more. Boy Scouts were a bit noisy and camped on trail. Hike was moderate a few obstacles to overcome. Excellent view from campsite.

Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The Kisatchie National Forest was great fun. There werer so many things to do! I want to go back!! Thank you, Mari Yoles

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More Information

Contact Information:
Kisatchie National Forest, 2500 Shreveport Highway , Pineville, LA, 71360, Phone: 318-473-7160

Additional Information:
Louisiana - Louisiana contains the largest population of french speaking Americans. The unique Cajun folkways and southern swamps and bayous define the character of this state.

Links:
Kisatchie National Forest - Official agency website.

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