Kisatchie National Forest
2500 Shreveport Hwy
Pineville, La 71360-2009
Phone: (318) 473-7160
TTY: (318) 473-7254
The Calcasieu Ranger District is divided into two land areas called
"Units". These Units are named the Evangeline Unit and the Vernon Unit.
The Calcasieu Ranger District Office is located on Highway 28 West, two
miles east of Gardner and ten miles west of Alexandria, Louisiana.
The Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District offers outdoor
enthusiasts a great variety of recreation opportunities just 20 minutes
west of Alexandria, Louisiana in central Louisiana. Whether you prefer
hiking, OHV riding, horseback riding, fishing, boating, swimming,
picnicking, bird watching, nature studies -- or even the challenge of
riding mountain bikes, these 97 thousand acres of forests and lakes in
the Kisatchie National Forest have something for you to see and do --
year around.The Evangeline Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District has a wonderful
assortment of trails to choose from. From OHV'ing on the Claiborne
Trails, hiking on the Wild Azalea National Recreation Trail, or
mountain biking on the Kincaid Lake Trails. Below is a brief
description of the trails.
The claiborne Trails are "Multi-Use" allowing Ohv's, motorcycles,
horses, biking, and hiking. Located off U.S. Highway 165 between
Foresthill, Louisiana and Woodworth, Louisiana. The Claiborne Trails
are all loop trails.
Directions — How to Get to the Claiborne Trail
Forest Hill intersection of Hwy 112 E and Hwy 165, take Hwy 165 north
2.1 miles. Turn left on Hwy 112 W. Go 2.6 miles. Turn right on Road
#258 and go 1.4 miles to Loran Camp & Trailhead.
Claiborne Trails = 74 Miles
Trail Access for the Claiborne Trail
The Loran Camp & Trailhead
provides immediate access to all 3 loops. Ahtus Melder Camp is
available for horse use only. Another trailhead is planned for
Motorcycles accessing Boy Scout loop.
Camping for the Claiborne Trail
Loran Camp provides primitive camping for ATV's and Motorcycles. Ahtus
Melder provides primitive camping for Horse use.
Where Can I ride?
OHV's must stay on the designated Claiborne and Enduro trails. All
cross country (off road, off trail) travel by any motorized vehicle,
including OHV's, is prohibited. No mudding or destruction of resources
paved and gravel roads are closed to non-street legal OHV's. It is not
legal to “cut donuts” in roads or to ride road cut banks and fill
slopes. It is not legal for riders to make their own trails.
Ahtus Melder Camp:
The Ahtus Melder Camp is designated a horse camp. Located near
accessible horse trails, The Melder camp is ideal for primitive camping
while trail riding.
Riders should wear appropriate safety gear, carry a first aid kit, and ride with caution.
trail is two-way and provides a primitive trail experience. Blind
turns, hikers, other riders, or horses should be anticipated. Roots,
logs, and stream crossings will be slippery. Riding fast is hazardous
and is not recommended.
It is unlawful to
operate an OHV under the influence of drugs or alcohol or in such a
manner that endangers the safety of others.
Know before you go — Trails may be
closed due to wet soil conditions — call or visit their web site for up
to date information related to trail conditions, closures, regulations,
Calcasieu Ranger District: 318-793-9427 or 800-225-9733
OHV Hotline: 866-830-6467
Emergencies: Dial 911
Visitors to the Calcasieu Ranger District's Vernon Unit can enjoy a
wide variety of recreational opportunities including muti-use trails
for horses, hiking, biking, motorcycles and OHV's.
Big Branch Trail:
The Big Branch Trail is a 10 mile trail that can be used by horse
riders, hikers, and bikers. This trail is a complete loop trail that
can include the Turkey Pen Trail in the loop to allow visitors to
travel through the Longleaf Scenic Area without adding much distance to
their overall loop. The Big Branch Trailhead is located at government
Pont Complex and also passes near the Hunter Camp. The Ouiska Chitto
Trail also branches off the Big Branch Trail.
Ouiska Chitto Trail:
The Ouiska Chitto Trail is a 10 mile trail that can be used by horse
riders, hikers, and bikers. It is a designated non-motorized trail that
winds through upland forest to bottomland hardwood settings and often
crosses the paths of the Enduro Multiple-Use Trail. The Ouiska Chitto
Trail is blazed in blue while the Enduro Trails are blazed in orange.
The Enduro Trails total 30 miles in length and can be used by
motorcyclists, OHV'ers, horse riders, hikers and bikers. There are 3
separate loops within the Enduro Trail System, the South Loop which is
5 miles long, the Fullerton Loop which is 15 miles long, and the Mogul
Loop which is approximately 19 miles in length.
Fullerton Mill Trail:
The Fullerton Mill Trail is located in the Fullerton lake Recreation
Complex. The trail head has an interpretive historic bulletin board
with information on the Fullerton Mill and the community that was
located there in the 1930's. The trail has a long loop which is 1.6
miles and a shorter loop which is just over a 1/2 mile in length. The
trail is limited to hiking due to obstructions from materials and
structures of the historic mill.
'Ol Sarge Trail:
The 'Ol Sarge Trail is approximately 1/2 mile long and circles 3-acre
spring fed Little Cypress Pond. There are numerous interpretive signs
describing various species of native plants viewable from the trail. A
quaint and beautiful hike on a cement trail with a number of wooden
boardwalks, this trail has become popular to visitors wanting to take a
brisk exercise walk or just a leisure stroll in the old growth forest
with the pond as a backdrop.
Turkey Pen Trail:
The Turkey Pen Trail can only be used by horseback riders and hikers.
It is approximately 2 miles long with a trailhead at the Government
Pond Recreation Complex. This trail makes a complete loop if visitors
return to Government Pond on the Big Branch Trail which brings the
length to about 4 miles. The Turkey Pen Trail travels through a portion
of the beautiful Longleaf Scenic Area.
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