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Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway

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Longleaf Trail - Kisatchie National Forest, Derry, Louisiana

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Kisatchie National Forest covers 600,000 acres and spreads over five central Longleaf Hills - Kisatchie National Forest, Derry, Louisiana Louisiana ranger districts. The Longleaf Trail winds through one of the most scenic sections of the forest and introduces sightseers to a much different Louisiana. The 17 mile route, following Longleaf Vista Road (Par Road 830), highlights a land with old growth forests that's intermixed with mesas, sandstone bluffs and unusual rock outcroppings. Just south of Natchitoches, the byway connects Longleaf Vista Trail - Kisatchie National Forest, Derry, Louisiana LA Route 117 and 119.
     Skirting the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area, the byway also passes through the National Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve. Here, there are excellent panoramic views from a high ridge that runs through the Longleaf Vista Complex. A nature trail drops from this ridge into the Little Grand Canyon. The forest is better known as a wildlife viewing, birding and camping, with ten camping areas ranging in amenities. Four trails are established for hiking and horseback riding, with some allowing all terrain vehicles. Kisatchie National Forest is the only preserve in the Pelican State and the Longleaf Trail is one of the best ways to explore it.

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