You are here

Pets allowed
Yes-restrictions
Elevation Gain
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Please respect the outdoors and leave no trace. One tip how to dispose of waste properly: Pack out toilet paper and hygiene products. For more information, visit https://lnt.org/learn/7-principles

The Sugar Mill Nature Trail is the shorter, and more popular, of the two hiking trails inside Fontainebleau State Park; the Bayou Cane Trail shares a trailhead with this hike.

At 1.1 miles one-way, the trail doesn't quite form a complete loop, but it leads from the trailhead area directly across the street from the Fontainebleau visitor center through the woods and emerges in the grassy lawn area just east of the large picnic pavilion near the pier and beach area. From here hikers can retrace their path to the trailhead or head up the park road back to the trailhead and cut some distance off of the trail's circuitous path. Along the way the trail passes the Alligator Marsh Boardwalk, a popular wetlands boardwalk spot for wildlife viewing.

The first portion of the Sugar Cane Nature Trail has signs naming some of the trees and flora along the route. Eventually signage disappears and the wide path heads through the woods and beneath the picturesque strands of Spanish moss hanging from the live oak trees. While the trail feels like it enters deep woods, it never actually gets too far from the core of the state park. To retrace the trail back to the trailhead, the total distance would be just over 2 miles if you choose to head over to the marsh boardwalk area.

There is no water along the way, but much of the path is beneath the shade of the tree canopy.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Easy terrain. Wildlife viewing.

Cons

Can be muddy.

Trailhead Elevation

38.00 ft (11.58 m)

Highest point

40.00 ft (12.19 m)

Net Elevation Gain

10.00 ft (3.05 m)

Address

LA-1089
62883
Mandeville, LA 70448
United States

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Bird watching
Wildlife

Typically multi-day

No

Suitable for

Biking

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.