Wild Azalea Trail - Trail, Alexandria, Louisiana

Wild Azalea Trail - Trail, Alexandria, Louisiana

DESCRIPTION

Wide singletrack that runs through remote forest. a few creek crossings. It intersects with the Lakeshore trail at Kincaid Lake. Trail used to be hiking only and it was changed about 7 years ago to a Hike and Bike.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 14, 2010]
Mojo37
Weekend Warrior

I started at the West Boat Ramp on Kincaid Lake and took Wild Azalea to Valentine Lake. All in all, this was a great ride. Other than a few down trees, the trail was in excellent shape. Several good climbs, but the down hills are a blast! This trail route has some nice single track, good climbs, some double wide trails, some good pedaling sections, and some great down hills. From west boat ramp to Valentine Lake is a little over 9 miles. Overall, very fun and challenging ride. I highly recommend this trail!

Customer Service

Start at West Boat Ramp on Kincaid Lake, take a right on Camp Loop trail to come out to the pay station. Hit Wild Azalea Spur and take a right on the Wild Azalea Trail. This will take you all the way to Valentine Lake. Trail is in pretty good shape, with the exception of few down trees.

Similar Products Used:

Lakeshore Trail, Clear Springs, Sam Houston

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4
VALUE
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4
[Jul 09, 2010]
Bryan
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail. Especially if you start from Valentine Lake. There are some downed trees and bridges as well as a few sections where it's a bit tricky identifying the trail direction but overall it's great. A friend of mind bikes sections of this trail almost every weekend starting up at the lake. This spring I decided to backpack the entire length which is something I recommend if you're into that. Lots of clear creeks to get water from as long as you treat it. I can't wait until the weather gets cool again. If you bike with a friend one convenience is that there are many forest service roads that cross the trail as well as a few highways so you can leave a vehicle at your preferred destination and both drive to your starting point if you don't want to loop back. One final thing, there's a an area about halfway through the trail called the Castor Plunge Scenic Area. This is a great section of old growth woods and is worth checking out.

Customer Service

Start from Valentine lake. The Woodworth section is road for a couple miles and once you hit the trail down there it's not so great. I went after a rain once and it was nothing but muddy slop.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Jun 07, 2010]
jeeper006
Cross Country Rider

Very fun trail. i usually start at FSR 273 ( evangeline camp ground) then head to Valentine lake area. Trail has lots of climbs and downhills. sandy sections with a lot of root beds mixed all throughout. All in All this trail is a blast.


There is also the Lakeshore trail which is at the Kincaid East landing is a little easier and doesn't have as many rooty sections and is a little flatter....

I highly reccomend the Wild Azelae trail to anyone.

Customer Service

FSR 273 evangeline campgrounds toward Valentine lake.

I've never ridden the trail towards Woodworth

Similar Products Used:

Lakeshore trail

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RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[May 12, 2010]
courtneypool78
Weekend Warrior

the trail is alot of fun, its pretty sandy soil so some of the corners are very sandy and where the rain has pooled the sand. it can be ridden pretty fast. there aren't many rocks or roots in the trail, a few roots on the steeper climbs, the bigest obstacles are probably fallen trees, but the trail is kept up well so there are't alot of those either. the trail passes kincaid lake and there a few loops around the lake that break off of the Azalea Trail.

Customer Service

There are 7 Trail heads along the Trail, I use the one that starts at lake valentine.
http://www.fs.fed.us/r8/kisatchie/calcasieu-rd/evangeline/trails/wild-azalea.htm This is the web address for one of the best maps I have found for this Trail also most of the trail heads have printed map pamphlets for Free.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Apr 21, 2010]
leehofung
Racer

Flat trail??????? where the hell were these guys riding? they must have been riding the paved road in Woodworth. the biggest hills in LA are on these trails. there is about 20 miles of other trail in this area that is not part of the Wild Azalea. often people think that every trail is a part of Azalea. this trail is over 26 miles in length & can be broken up & ridden in sections. each section is uniquely diverse in its own way. some sections are fast & flowing, while others are grueling & technical. there IS a great deal of climbing on the Wild Azalea Trail. some sections have much more tan others. at this moment, i would say that 80% of the entire trail is in excellent riding condition.

Customer Service

a map of the trail systems can be down loaded here.
http://rrcbicycles.com/Riding%20Map%20of%20Wild%20Azalea%20Trail.pdf
i like to park at Evangeline Camp, off of FS 273. head west towards Valentine Lake. when u get there, turn around & head back. that's close to 20 miles. or you could head south towards woodworth. it's about an 18 mile trail ride to woodworth w/ some phenomenal trail. i skip the 6.5 mile section between Fs 273 & 208 due to the mud this time of yr. i take a cut through road to 208 & follow it to the next trail head. from there you can zoom another 6 miles into woodworth.

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all of the other trails in the area are awesome.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 13, 2010]
wood78221
Weekend Warrior

I really enjoyed this trail. It has a mix of small hills, and flatter areas. It would be a great ride for any level of experience. I always start from the FS-273 Evangeline camp area, which can be accessed from Hwy 28 West.

Customer Service

Evangeline Camp Area

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Oct 16, 2009]
jay Colingham
Weekend Warrior

I was just on the trail from the Woodsworth side and when we hit Mile 19, there was a wash out in the trail soon there after around the creek. We scouted for around 30 minutes and could not find anything except a vitamin water bottle. The other side of the creek had no signs of a trail either. Major disappointment!

The trail was becoming overgrown by plants and aside from one other set of tracks, might have been the first tread on the trail in months.

Customer Service

Easy Peasy. A few minor ups and downs.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 23, 2004]
poontank
Weekend Warrior

This is a super fun trail. Not a lot of huge climbs are downhills. Overal it is a very flat trail, but there are pleanty of other things like roots that keep the ride interesting. This trail is a great work out with just some gorgeous scenery. If your ever in the area I would highly recommend you stop here are ride and take advangtage of either the valentine lake or kincaid lake campgrounds. There are both beautiful. Just one word of caution. Try to avoid riding this trail in the middle of the day as I did. It gets HOT in LA

Customer Service

Just jump in the trail anywhere you can, ride it for half the time you have and turn back. The trail it self if very long and does not loop around.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Apr 16, 2001]
KL

Good trail. Starts at Valentine's Lake Recreation area and meanders all the way to Woodworth, LA, 32 miles long. It intersects with the Kincaid Lake shore trail. Trail is wide single track traveling through the piney woods of Central Louisiana. A few short climbs, creek crossings fun downhills, and decent climbs. Camp at Valentines Lake or Kincaid Lake Rec area.

Customer Service

As much as possible. Get a map and go ride. Starts at Valentines Lake Recreation area. and goes all the way to Woodworth, LA. It intersects with the Kincaid Lake shore trail for more options

Similar Products Used:

Lake Shore Trail, Lincoln Parish Park, Ruston 2 hours north of Alex

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4
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[Aug 30, 2002]
Freddy

Go by Red River Cyclery in Alexandria on Jackson St.and pick up a map from Mike. Map will show Wild Azalea Trail and Kincaid Lake trail system which spurs with Wild Azalea. This is mostly single-track with the occasional fire road with moderate climbs and descents and mostly well-maintained with bridges when necessary and some primitive camp sites. It runs 31 miles through pine and hardwood forest in the Kisatchie National Forest. It is open to hiking and biking only. It crosses many forest service roads so you can pick a route or length that suits you. There's enough logs, limbs, and roots on the trail to keep it interesting. Also creek crossings, switchbacks, and some sandy areas. Rain doesn't really affect the conditions much, so you can ride it most any time. In my opinion the Wild Azalea Trail is great for beginners as well as more experienced riders due to its length and depending on how hard you want to push. A must ride if your in the area and definitely worth the drive from anywhere in the state for a weekend camp/ride excursion. Suggest spring when azaleas in bloom. Pretty impressive.

Customer Service

Put in at Evangeline Camp on East Kincaid boat ramp road. Pedal west toward Valentine Lake and back.

Similar Products Used:

West Kincaid Loop trail, East Kincaid Lakeshore trail, Lamotte Creek trail. East Kincaid is more the hilly and difficult trail in this system.

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RATING
4
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