Where can you experience 600,000 thousand breathtaking acres of Louisiana flora and fauna? Do some hunting and fishing, camping and canoeing? Perhaps you would like to take in some hiking, horseback riding, sightseeing and picnicking among the rolling hills, babbling brooks, butterfly gardens and hidden caves. This is the great outdoors. This is Kisatchie National Forest.
As Louisiana’s only National Forest, the Kisatchie sprawls across five Ranger Districts and seven parishes (Claiborne, Grant, Natchitoches, Rapides, Vernon, Webster and Winn) from central to north Louisiana. Picturesque landscapes, native wildlife and the peaceful sounds of nature make this enchanting forest the perfect place to relax, unwind and escape. It’s no wonder why the Kisatchie is a favorite getaway among locals and visitors alike.
Established in 1930, the forest is rich in Louisiana history and natural beauty. The amazing native plant and animal life make the Kisatchie a photographer’s dream. Deer, rabbits, squirrels, raccoons, armadillos, beavers and coyotes are just a sampling of the wondrous wildlife that can be seen wandering about the forest’s longleaf pines, bald cypress groves, carnivorous pitcher plants, wild orchids and stunning azaleas. Plus, with over 40 developed recreation sites and 400+ miles of trails, the Kisatchie offers something new to discover and explore upon each and every visit. This is one destination that never gets old. This is Kisatchie National Forest.
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Photo Credit: Jim Caldwell