The Wild Azalea Trail is an easy to moderate weekend hike with plenty of scenery and available water.

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Expert Review of Wild Azalea Trail

Parks and Outdoors Review of Wild Azalea Trail

Away Travel Expert: Johnny Molloy
ParksExpert Rating 4.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Camping,Day Hiking,Sustainable Travel,Trekking and Backpacking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Hike the 26-mile Wild Azalea Trail, Louisiana’s longest foot path. Full of beauty and biodiversity, it is located in the Kisatchie National Forest.
  • No less than five ecosystems thrive here, among the rolling pine-covered hills and lush bottomlands where clear waters flow over sandy streambed beneath rich hardwoods. Also in these bottoms are wetlands, or bogs, locally known as bayous, where the elegant cypress tree reigns.
  • The trail makes a special climb, up to the hill where Gardner Lookout Tower stands, offering a 360-degree view of the surrounding national forest and beyond. Just a mile further the Wild Azalea Trail ends at Valentine Lake Recreation Area.

FR 282 to trailhead
Alexandria, Louisiana

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 318-473-7160
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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