My Family Went to Kisatchie Longleaf Vista

Ok, so let me start off by saying this was not our first visit to Kisatchie Longleaf Vista trail. We actually LOVE this trail and have visited it many times. Yesterday is just our most recent visit.

To be fair, we were actually headed to Kisatchie Bayou Campground, but as I write this, it is temporarily closed for construction. So our visit to Longleaf is not really your typical visit.

We decided to take the trail “backward” and just enjoy the tiny stream and waterfall towards the end of the trail. It was a little low on water, due to lack of rainfall in the area, but it was still enjoyable.

The full Kisatchie Longleaf Vista trail is a 1.5 mile loop with lots of pines, mesas to climb, and small streams to cross. It is one of the most peaceful trails I think I have ever been on.The kids love to stop and read the little markers they have for types of trees, and I love all the different terrains you encounter in such a short hike.

I also love a good loop trail. It’s nice to not have to turn around and make the same trek back to the car…especially with kiddos.

My favorite time of year to do the hike is in the fall or winter when it’s a little cool outside.

The mesas do require some steep stair climbing, so that is something to keep in mind, but the rest of the hike is pretty easygoing. My kids always enjoy this hike.

Yesterday, as I mentioned earlier, we started at what we call “the end of the hike,” and just made our way straight down to the water.

The dogs and kids both insisted on waterplay.

While it’s not your “typical” way of enjoying Longleaf Vista, it was still very much enjoyed.

I hope one day you and your family get to enjoy the magic of Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana. It is one of my favorite places in the world.

Happy adventures!

Kelly Airhart

artist and creator of Roux-Dolph & Co