The Bayou Cypre forms the heart of the state's largest designated Wilderness Areas. Locally known as the "Little Grand Canyon", the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness is home to some of the most unique topography in Louisiana with unusually steep and rugged terrain with flat-topped mesas, sandstone bluffs and outcroppings, and distinct forest ecosystems. Ten miles of trails offer scenic access into the wilderness for hiking and dispersed camping. The Backbone Trail provides access to three other trails within the wilderness. Adjacent to the wilderness, the Longleaf Vista Recreation Area and trail provides excellent views of the 8,700 acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which surrounds the vista on three sides. A large portion of the wilderness lies within the Red Dirt Wildlife Management Preserve. In addition, enjoy the scenery on the way to and on the way home on the Longleaf Scenic Byway that travels adjacent to the wilderness.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.
Colorado Wilderness Act - Public Law 96-560 (12/22/1980) To designate certain National Forest System lands in the States of Colorado, South Dakota, Missouri, South Carolina, and Louisiana for inclusion in the National Wilderness Preservation System