Hiking in Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area louisiana

Outdoor Activities in Tunica Hills

Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area is a large diverse area perfect for outdoor activities, hiking, camping, wildlife viewing and hunting.

The simplicity and glory of the natural world is just right outside New Orleans and Baton Rouge. When you want to get away into the peaceful quiet only nature can offer head to the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, a unique outdoor wonderland of untouched land, dirt trails, diverse wildlife, and opportunities to hike, hunt, and enjoy a day in the wild woodlands of Louisiana.

Tunica Hills Activities

Tunica Hills is a large area of over 5,906 acres and offers an extraordinary refuge for outdoorsy folks who love hiking, sightseeing, bird watching, wildlife viewing, and camping. The area has unique topography of rolling hills and a wide variety of animal inhabitants—some not found anywhere else in Louisiana. During fall, the vast upland hardwood forests explode in color and are perfect for viewing the changing colors. Stroll on the nature trail with the family or try any of the three different hiking trails to view the scenery. A variety of wildlife calls this area home, including white-tailed deer, squirrel, rabbit, wild turkey, eastern chipmunks and resident and migratory birds, including several rare in Louisiana, such as the worm-eating warbler and the Coopers hawk.

Hunting in Tunica Hills

Tunica Hills is a hunter’s paradise! Deer hunters love the area, which also features unique opportunities for small game and turkey hunting. Activities like hunting and trapping still reign supreme across stretches of Louisiana where families continue long held traditions of bringing home food for the table. See hunting regulations.

Tunica Hills Wildlife Area, Louisiana

Wander the trails in the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, outside Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • You’ll find a nature trail with designated hiking trails accessible from Old Tunica Road on the South Tract, but don’t expect overdeveloped trails. Check out this Tunica Hills map for boundaries, designated camping area, check station locations, and trail locations. You can only camp at the designated camping area on Parker Road, and only tent-only camping is permitted.
  • All visitors must use self-clearing permits for all activities on Wildlife Management Areas (WMA). Get your free permit at check station kiosks on the WMA. Additionally, all WMA visitors ages 16 to 59 must possess either a valid Louisiana hunting license, fishing license, or Wild Louisiana Stamp. Licenses can be purchased from any hunting and fishing license vendor in the state, as well as over the phone (1-888-765-2602) or online.
  • While Tunica Hills is open year-round, hunters may enter no earlier than 4:00 a.m. and must exit no later than two hours after sunset. WMA access is also restricted during certain dates in the hunting season, so visitors should refer to the WMA guidelines for information and season dates. Additionally, the WMA is closed to all activities, except fishing, during the youth lottery turkey hunt each year.

Sara Hudson is a Louisiana-based freelance writer and author for GoNOLA.com