Caroline Dormon Trail
This out-and-back trail is located southwest of Natchitoches off the Longleaf Trail, a paved road through the Kisatchie Forest. The trail is unusual for Louisiana, with elevation changes of 200 feet in one direction along its 12-mile length. This bike trail is ideal for those who enjoy highly technical turns, drops and climbs and are prepared for sometimes-rugged conditions, like big rocks blocking a path.
Once the thrill of off-roading is gone, take time to walk through the Briarwood Nature Preserve, home to the late naturalist Caroline Dormon’s Bay Garden. Purpled with irises, this exquisite site is considered a historical landmark. You may also consider touring the Cane River National Heritage Area, which houses early-Creole architecture.
Learn more about the area: Natchitoches Tourism