Wild Azalea Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,153' 351 m
Descent: -1,268' -386 m
High: 217' 66 m
Low: 89' 27 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“This great trail, located in Central Louisiana, is considered the longest contiguous trail in the state!”— James Bolen
Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked
Around mile 7.5, there is a great camping spot by Lamotte Creek where a well-constructed bridge aids your passage.
Around mile 9, you'll come across the Evangeline Primitive Camp, which has a bathroom but no running water. From here, the trail heads eastward then southwestward, running parallel to Boggy Bayou. The trail becomes hilly again around the 11-mile mark until you reach Castor Creek Scenic Area. This lower area has several creek crossings, where some have bridges, but others may require you get your feet wet.
From mile 13 to 19.5, the terrain is strenuous because of creek crossings, rugged terrain, and frequent hill climbing. From this point, the next 5.5 miles follow more rolling hills, although this time with less creek crossings. This area has some blown-down trees from a tornado in 2016.
The last 1.7 miles are pretty much a road hike to the southern terminus parking area in Woodworth.
The Castor Creek Area is at the junction of Brushy Creek and Castor Creek that features a variety of large loblolly pine, gum, ash, beech, magnolia, and bald cypress trees.
The area known as the "Wild Azalea Seep" is noted for the unique plants it supports. This is an excellent example of how an acid seep can be home to several species of orchids and the only known population of bog moss west of the Mississippi River.
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Land Manager: USFS - Kisatchie National Forest Office