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3 Awesome Off-Road Trails in Louisiana

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Spring is just around the corner, and with warmer weather comes outdoor fun. Get ready to gas up your ATV, hitch up your trailer, and rev up your truck, because we’re about to tour a few of Lousiana’s finest off-road trails.

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Sandstone Trail

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Louisiana’s massive Kisatchie National Forest boasts more than 200 miles of motorized trails. Check out the 36-mile Sandstone Trail, which offers challenging hilly terrain alongside spectacular views of the longleaf pine forest, white sand shoreline, and rocky rapids. The trail is open to OHVs, motorcycles, horseback riders, mountain bikers, and hikers. For camping, check out the nearby Corral Camp, Lotus Camp, and the Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex, which offers canoe access and fishing with the possibility to hook bass, perch, catfish, and sunfish.

Claiborne Trails

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Experience history when you go for a ride on the Claiborne trails, located by the Old Camp Claiborne in south Rapides Parish. During World War II, over 500,000 American troops trained to protect our country on this muddy, rugged terrain; nowadays, it’s found new life as a spot for ATVs, motorcycles, and horseback riding. Hikers and cyclists are also welcome on the 70-miles multi-use trail. Take the North Loop for a 19 mile ride, the Woodworth Loop for a 27-mile jaunt, or the Boy Scout Loop for a 31-mile journey.

Muddy Bottoms ATV and Recreation Park

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The Muddy Bottoms ATV and Recreation Park near Porterville, Louisiana, offers a family-friendly ATV and camping experience. With 5,000 acres of trails, bogs, and tracks, there’s plenty to explore. Whether you’re looking for the full outdoor experience of pitching tents and building campfires or the comfort of staying in your own RV or cabin, Muddy Bottoms has it all. The park also offers a pro shop, an eating pavilion, shower facilities, a splash park, and scheduled events, like concerts at the on-site amphitheater.

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