Off-roading is virtually unmatched in its ability to provide a unique view of Louisiana’s landscape. Whether you prefer spending a day or two on a private trail, in a public park, or cruising through a historic site, the Louisiana ATV off-roading scene is alive and well. Below you’ll find five of the coolest spots in the Pelican State to fuel your need for speed.
Bonnet Carre Spillway in St. Charles Parish, Louisiana, welcomes over 400,000 visitors each year, who enjoy the fishing, hunting, camping, and ATV riding the spillway offers. The terrain is mostly sand and clay, but mud forms easily when it rains. The trail is open all day long. While the unique setting of the 850-acre spillway makes for a fun environment, the generally smooth trails ensure that the Bonnet Carre Spillway stays beginner friendly.
The Claiborne Multiple-Use Trail is part of the greater Kisatchie National Forest in Pineville, Louisiana, and offers over 70 miles of trail over three separate loops. The North Loop boasts 32 miles, while the Woodworth Loop has 20, and the Boy Scout Loop presents 30 miles for use. The trails take riders through the World War II military fort known as Camp Claiborne. Restrictions on types of vehicles, licensing, and speed limits exist, so be sure to check the website to ensure you’re following the necessary guidelines.
According to their website, “Muddy Bottoms ATV and Recreation Park was created to provide the surrounding community with a recreational escape not far from where they live and work.” The park is open to riders of all experience levels and ages, and offers campsite lodging. Facilities include a welcome center, pro shop, bathhouse, eating pavilion, cabins, RV hookups, sprinkler park, and amphitheater, where bands come to perform live. The park itself sits on 5,000 acres with tons of different trails to best suit your experience and comfort level. You can’t go wrong at Muddy Bottoms.
Cooterville Mud Rides in Delhi, Louisiana, is a recent addition to the Louisiana off-roading world, but has quickly made a name for itself. With over 25 miles of trails, primitive camp sites, and exciting terrain, Cooterville has a lot to offer. In addition to the trails, the 24-acre lake on-site is perfect for fishing or swimming. Restroom, shower facilities, and concession stand are on-site, too, perfect for overnight stays. Make sure to check their Facebook page for updates on live events and hours, and call before you head up to ensure space.
The Enduro Trail, in the Calcasieu Ranger District, is part of the Kisatchie National Forest and offers incredible views of longleaf pine savannahs. Three loops make up 45 miles of trails with an overall flat and twisty terrain. The soil is mostly hard packed, which makes it good for amateurs. Weather may affect the trails, so call or check online to make sure they’re open if necessary.
*Note: Age restrictions, special licenses, and other requirements for off highway vehicles vary from state to state. Before heading out on your OHV, please consult your local regulations.