By Penny Fox
If you’re in search of the ultimate off-roading adventure, we’re here to help. Across Louisiana, you’ll find top-notch ATV trails with surrounding attractions worth making a whole trip for. Enjoy beautiful outdoor spaces, coffee shops, waffle bars, and pubs on your ATV off-roading adventure in Louisiana.
Looking for a great cup of coffee to start off your adventure? From the moment you step inside the door, you’ll be greeted with the heavenly aroma of freshly-ground coffee. Tamp & Grind Coffee in Alexandria is a little hidden gem and they aren’t afraid to think outside the box to make amazing coffee and tea.
Now it’s time to fill up your belly! Stop by Le Bistreaux Coffee & Waffle Bar in Alexandria. Served all day, breakfast never tasted so good. You can choose from popular waffle favorites like s’mores, topped with graham crackers, chocolate chips, marshmallows, chocolate drizzle, and whipped cream, Louisiana Mud, made with toasted pecans, powdered sugar, maple syrup, caramel, and whipped cream, or Chicken-N-Waffles to name a few.
With over 74 miles of tree-lined mainly hard-packed trails, Claiborne Multi-Use Trails near Forest Hill, Louisiana, offers a great place for novices to participate in off-road adventures. There are vehicle requirements, restrictions, and some fees, but overnight camping is allowed with campfires in certain campsites. This multi-use trail system that is part of the Kisatchie National Forest is open to ATVs on the northern section of trails, and motorcycles and other permitted vehicles can use the southern trails.
Part of the Alexander Forest Wildlife Management Area in central Louisiana, Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery is an interesting stop. The main facility engaged in producing fish in the state, there are more than 10,000 gallons open for viewing to the public, including fish, reptiles, and other water creatures. Since opening in 1997, the hatchery has been responsible for adding over 41 million fish into the waterways of Louisiana.
After a busy and fun day of off-roading and seeing the area, you’ll have quite an appetite. Stop by Hotheads Crawfish in Alexandria, Louisiana, for the best authentic crawfish around. By the plate or by the pound, all specials and combos include corn, potatoes, and dipping sauce. Besides crawfish, you can have shrimp and crab, and sides include Cajun link sausage, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, pineapple, sweet potatoes, corn, potatoes, and artichokes.
Susan’s Cottages in Alexandria offer the perfect answer to your need to spend the night. Breakfast is included in your stay, and cottages have a Jacuzzi, beautiful balcony, TV/DVD, and small kitchen area. Just a few minutes from downtown Alexandria, the only problem will be in not wanting to leave!