Some of the steepest hills in Louisiana can be found in Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area, making for a memorable experience as you make your way along one of the four trails. Tunica Hills WMA is located about 14 miles northwest of St. Francisville. The 3,300 acres that make up the wildlife management area are mainly composed of American beech, American holly, southern magnolia, water oak, cherry bark oak, and hickory trees. The terrain varies in the region but largely consists of bluffs, rugged hills, and ravines. The southwest boundary is marked by the Mississippi River.
There are four main trails in the area: the Nature Trail, Trail A, Trail B, and Trail C. All four trails can be accessed from the same parking area found off of the Old Tunica Trace Road. The Nature Trail is an easy walk of just under half a mile, and it is marked with several tree identification signs along the way. The Nature Trail can be combined with Trail B to extend your hike to a 3.5-mile loop. Trail A is a 4.8-mile loop that has sandy bayous and deep ravines. Parts of Trail A lack proper blazing, so a GPS device and map are encouraged. Trail C is a 3.6-mile loop that is arguably the most exciting of the four trails. Trail C has some really steep embankments on the sides of the trail at times, giving hikers a unique experience as far as Louisiana hikes go. The trail can be really steep at times, so throw those trekking poles in the vehicle on your way out the door!
There’s a variety of other outdoor activities to be found in Tunica Hills, including hunting, fishing, trapping, birdwatching, horseback riding, and photography. Hunting is the main attraction in the area, wear brightly-colored clothing during hunting season. Also, note that you may want to avoid attempting this hike if you do not have a vehicle with four-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Given the steepness of the hills and lack of pavement, the road to the trailhead can be dicey after a rain.