Caroline Dormon Trail


Length: 10.5 miles one-way

Type: Packed Dirt

Difficulty: Easy – Difficult

Usages: Walking | Biking | Horseback

Location: Kisatchie National Forest – Kisatchie Ranger District – (31.477954, -93.018840)

Map: Trail Map (Labeled as ‘3002’)


Agency: U. S. Forest Service

Contact: website | 318-472-1840

Directions: From the intersection of I-49 and Highway 6 (Natchitoches), drive west on Hwy 6 for 4 miles. Turn left (south) on Louisiana Hwy 117 and proceed 16 miles to Forest Highway 59, Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway. Turn left (east) on FH 59 and go to the signed location on the right (south).


Animals: Must be on leash

Water: None

Bathroom: Vault Toilets

Entrance Fee: None

Camping: None

Special Notes:

Caroline Dormon Trail

The Caroline Dormon Trail is a 10.5 mile one-way trail that is open for day-use for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Named after the famous botanist and naturalist, this trail commemorates the first woman employed by the U.S. Forest Service. In 1922, she persuaded the U.S. Forest Service to establish a national forest in Louisiana, and thus, the Kisatchie National Forest was later established in 1930.

This trail can also be accessed from the Kisatchie Bayou Recreation Complex, which offers vault toilets, picnic tables, and sites for fishing for a $2 per vehicle day-use fee. There are also campsites here for an additional fee.