Kincaid Lake Recreation Complex


Length: Five trails 0.2 – 6.9 miles in length

Type: Packed Dirt

Difficulty: Easy – Moderate

Usages: Walking | Biking

Location: Kisatchie National Forest – Calcasieu Ranger District, Evangeline Unit – (31.258148, -92.632340)

Map: Trail Map


Agency: U. S. Forest Service

Contact: website |  318-793-9427

Directions: From Alexandria, drive west on Louisiana Highway 28 for 12 miles to Louisiana Highway 121 at Gardner. Turn left (south) and go 0.25 mile to Forest Road 279 (Valentine Road). Turn left (east) on Hwy 279 and go 3.5 miles to Forest Road 205, where you will turn left (north) and proceed to the recreation area entrance and fee station.


Animals: Must be on leash

Water: Drinking Water

Bathroom: Flush Toilets | Vault Toilets | Showers

Entrance Fee: No fees unless parking in a fee required area

Camping: Allowed

Special Notes:

Kincaid Lake Recreation Complex

Kincaid Lake, a 2,600-acre reservoir, is the centerpiece of this complex, which offers camping, boating, fishing, and swimming. Kincaid Lake Recreation Complex has five trails that offer over 20 miles of scenic hiking or biking.  Below is a list of the five trails:

  • Lakeshore Trail – (Easy 5.3 miles one-way) – The Lakeshore Trail follows the shore of Kincaid Lake and connects the East Boat Launch to the rest of the Kincaid Lake Recreation complex and hiking trails. Drinking water and flush toilets are available at the East Boat Launch.
  • Lamotte Creek Trail – (Easy 2.3 miles one-way) – The Lamotte Creek Trail is a short hiking and biking trail that connects the Lakeshore Trail with the Kincaid Loop and Wild Azalea Spur Trails. Be cautious because areas of this trail can become swampy during the wetter season from seepage of the hillside soil.
  • Kincaid Loop Trail – (Moderate 6.9 mile loop) – If you want breathtaking view of Kincaid Lake and wildlife encounters, the Kincaid Loop Trail is the one for you. This trail meanders near and away from Kincaid Lake for a truly amazing hike.
  • Indian Ridge Trail – (Easy 0.2 miles one-way) – The Indian Ridge Trail is short, but definitely worth the extra effort. Hikers can expect an easy hike with incredible views of the lake.
  • Wild Azalea Spur Trail – (Easy 0.9 mile one-way) – The Wild Azalea Spur Trail connects the Kincaid Recreation Trails with the Wild Azalea Trail.