Kisatchie National Forest

Kisatchie Ranger District offers visitors numerous activities including nine scenic overlooks, 12 miles of wilderness hiking trails, canoeing over 20 miles down Kisatchie Bayou, 50 miles of multiple-use trails and a 17-mile national scenic byway and panoramic vistas.

The Longleaf Vista Recreation Area lies on a ridge that provides views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which surrounds the vista on three sides. Locally known as the Little Grand Canyon, this area is a favored place among hikers and horseback riders who enter along the Backbone Trail.

Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Area offers picnicking, swimming, fishing and canoeing on the bayou, and hiking, biking, and horseback riding on the Caroline Dormon Trail.

The National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve is a popular area for various hunting opportunities. State licenses and regulations apply, along with an additional management preserve permit issued by the Forest Service. Seasonal designated camping areas or “hunter camps” are established in and around the management preserve during hunting season.

Located 16 miles west of Hwy 6 West

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