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Louisiana: Kisatchie National Forest - Calcasieu District
Posted on Saturday, February 25 @ 09:00:00 CST by iljiana

Horse Camping & Trails

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.
Evangeline Unit 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.
Claiborne 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

From 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 is allowed.

All 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.

The 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, or concerns.

Calcasieu Ranger District: 318-793-9427 or 800-225-9733
OHV Hotline: 866-830-6467 Emergencies: Dial 911

Vernon Unit

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.

Enduro Trail: 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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