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Kisatchie Hills Wilderness

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The United States Congress designated the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness (map) in 1980 and it now has a total of 8,701 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Louisiana and is managed by the Forest Service.


The Bayou Cypre forms the heart of the state's largest designated Wilderness Areas. Locally known as the "Little Grand Canyon", the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness is home to some of the most unique topography in Louisiana with unusually steep and rugged terrain with flat-topped mesas, sandstone bluffs and outcroppings, and distinct forest ecosystems. Ten miles of trails offer scenic access into the wilderness for hiking and dispersed camping. The Backbone Trail provides access to three other trails within the wilderness. Adjacent to the wilderness, the Longleaf Vista Recreation Area and trail provides excellent views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which surrounds the vista on three sides. A large portion of the wilderness lies within the Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve. In addition, enjoy the scenery on the way to and on the way home on the Longleaf Scenic Byway that travels adjacent to the wilderness.

Planning to Visit the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.

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