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Riverwalk Trail

Sam Houston Jones State Park

Western Acadiana, Louisiana

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  • A sign just south of Camp Area 2 marks the start of the Riverwalk Trail (marked in park literature as the Orange Trail)- Riverwalk Trail
  • The trail is wide and generally flat, making it an easy and enjoyable walk.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Portions of the trail parallel the Calcasieu West Fork.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Picturesque scenes along the Sam Houston Jones State Park Riverwalk Trail.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Colorful flora along the trail.- Riverwalk Trail
  • The trail meanders along the edge of the Calcasieu West Fork, often with sections of wetlands immediately to the opposite side as well.- Riverwalk Trail
  • The wide easy trail is clearly marked within the forest.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Wetlands along the hike.- Riverwalk Trail
  • A portion of trail between the river and the swamp.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Verdant foliage surrounds the Riverwalk Trail.- Riverwalk Trail
  • A great blue heron in a marsh along the Riverwalk Trail.- Riverwalk Trail
  • The swamp environment along the hike can be especially picturesque.- Riverwalk Trail
  • A turtle warms itself on a log in the wetlands.- Riverwalk Trail
  • Tracing the trail as it exits the swamp and heads back toward the state park roads.- Riverwalk Trail
  • The trail does not make a complete loop, but instead ends just north of the Camp Area 2 bathroom building.- Riverwalk Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Diverse trail. Scenic areas along the hike.
Cons: 
Can be muddy.
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Region:
Western Acadiana, LA
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
13.00 ft (3.96 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
35.00 ft (10.67 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Biking
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Total elevation gain: 
27.00 ft (8.23 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
8.00 ft (2.44 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Riverwalk Trail (sometimes labelled as the Orange Trail in park maps) packs in the most punch of the hiking trails inside Sam Houston Jones State Park. Beginning just south of Camping Area 2, the trail is an almost-complete loop with a distance of about 2 miles that passes through Louisiana's forests, swamps and travels along the edge of the Calcasieu River. The variety of terrain is scenic and offers opportunities to see an array of birds and wildlife. This trail is a breath of fresh air that is a comfortable distance for hikers of most abilitiy levels. And the scenery is beautiful; you'll see cypress knees and Spanish moss decorating the edges of the river and swamps, trail sections that are wedged tightly between the swamp and slow-moving river, alligators, and the red-eared sliders and great blue herons that make their homes in the wetlands.

There are a couple of cautions, however. The trail often can't escape the noise of the nearby highway, and views across the river are interrupted by large river homes planted on the opposite side. Also, many portions of the trail are low-lying, flat, and have a tendency to become very muddy following wet weather. Even considering these issues, the trail is among this state park's best hiking opportunities.

The trail ends on the side of the road slightly north of the Camping Area 2 bathrom (there is poor signage marking this), so a slight walk past the campground is required to complete the loop.

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