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Wild Azalea Spur and Kincaid Loop

Intermediate
 4.7 (3) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great overnight trip or longer day hike through pine forests and rolling hills providing beautiful lakeside views.


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Map Key

16.2

Miles

26.1

KM

Loop

193' 59 m

High

96' 29 m

Low

814' 248 m

Up

814' 248 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Seasonal closure: Tuesday after Labor Day until April of the next year.

Overview

This route is a beautiful hike with well-established camping around the halfway mark. Visitors will enjoy easy creek crossings, views of the lake, and a number of chances to view local wildlife.

Need to Know

Campsites are between $10-20 per night, payable via cash or check. If you're not camping, a $3 day fee is required.

Description

Coming from Alexandria, follow Messina Road south. The paved road will bear away to the right. Follow the dirt road straight ahead. You'll see the well-marked trailhead off to the right. Park your car and gear up.

Begin heading west on the Wild Azalea Trail, following the yellow blazes. This trail will meander through a pine forest. You'll eventually run into the Lamotte Creek Trail. Turn right onto the Lamotte Creek Trail and follow the white trail blazes.

The Lamote Creek Trail will wind along the edge of the Kincaid Lake before doubling back on itself. It will dead end inside of the Kincaid Recreation Area when it intersects the Kincaid Loop Trail. Turn left (west) onto this trail. Your path will now be marked with blue blazes. You'll shortly come to an intersection with the Wild Azalea Spur Trail. Do not take it to the left. Continue to follow the blue blazes to the right. The trail will only once cross a paved road. At that time, make sure to check in with the park ranger and pay your daily fee if you are not camping.

Continue across the road and follow the trail. The trail will eventually emerge on the Day Use area. Follow the paved sidewalk past the picnic and swimming areas. The path will re-enter the woods. At the next three way intersection, you have a choice. Left will continue to follow the trail. Right will take you to the camping area. We decided to call it a day here, as it is about halfway through the trail.

In the morning, backtrack from the small off-shoot trail and turn right back onto the Kincaid Loop Trail, blazed in blue. Continue to follow this trail on the edge of the peninsula, enjoying the beautiful views of the lake. You'll eventually come across a turn for the Indian Ridge Trail off to the left. Continue straight, following the trail you are on. On our way home we decided to take a different route, although you could easily backtrack across the Lamotte Creek Trail. If you would like to take a different path, follow the Kincaid Loop Trail past the Lamotte Creek Trail that you came in on until you come to the turnoff for the Wild Azalea Spur Trail.

Turn left onto the Wild Azalea Spur Trail, and follow the orange blazes back to the Wild Azalea Trail. Once you reach the main trail turn left (east) to begin your final push back to the car. The scenery will quickly become familiar as you retrace your steps back to the parking lot.

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Ben Rosenberg

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Photos

Best camping spot on the trail!
Aug 19, 2019 near Boyce, LA
Enjoying a great view from trail.
Nov 13, 2016 near Boyce, LA
Inspecting one of the numerous paths cleared by carpenter ants as they carry leaves back to their house.
Nov 13, 2016 near Boyce, LA
Peek out through the trees to a turtle-covered log.
Nov 13, 2016 near Boyce, LA
One of views across the lake.
Nov 13, 2016 near Boyce, LA
Beginning of the color change.
Nov 13, 2016 near Boyce, LA

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Oct 19, 2019
James Miller
Apr 29, 2019
Tiffany Liu
Sep 22, 2018
Samantha Goff
Nov 11, 2016
Ben Rosenberg
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