There are few activities better than riding a horse through a new trail. Getting to see the new sights while bonding with your equine friend is an exceptional experience. At South Texas Tack, we like to know the best trails in every state, and this month, we’re taking a look at Louisiana’s horse trails to find the best horseback riding in Louisiana!
Caroline Dormon Trail
A 10.5-mile trail in Kisatchie National Forest, the Caroline Dormon Trail is home to hikers, bikers and horseback riders. The trail starts along Longleaf Scenic Byway and ends near the Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex. This non-loop trail is a great way to see some of Louisiana’s natural beauty. The Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area is a must-see spot and a great place to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Louisiana Trails – Jamestown to Winnfield
This 40-mile trail takes riders from Jamestown to Winnfield on a scenic ride through three different Louisiana counties: Bienville, Natchitoches and Winn counties. The Louisiana Trail is a dirt and gravel rail-trail featuring dozens of old railway trestles. Get excited to see streams, lakes, beaver ponds, swamps, forest and plenty of wildflowers as you cross this highly rated trail.
Gum Springs Horse Trail
Also in the Kisatchie National Forest, the Gum Springs Horse Trail offers two different trails for horseback riders. The short trail offers an easy 5.6 miles, while the long trail is 17.8 miles long. Both extend through the pine forest, offering beautiful sights and experiences. The gently sloping terrain of both of these trails make for an experience that’s great for beginning riders and veterans alike.
Tammany Trace Trail
If you’re looking for a great place to get some riding in near Lake Pontchartrain, the Tammany Trace Trail is the place to be. This 27.5-mile trail goes through five St. Tammany parish communities — one of the fastest growing areas in the state. Since this trail is a little more urban, riders have the opportunity to stop by a Saturday morning market in Mandeville and purchase local foods and handmade items. This trail also takes riders through the swampy wetlands areas that often spring to mind when people think of Louisiana, giving trail riders an opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, from deer to owls.
Did we miss one of your favorite Louisiana trails? Leave us a comment! We’d love to add another trail to our list of must-ride spots in Louisiana!