Louisiana is a vast state with lots of open fields and dense forests, laced together to make an enjoyable walking experience for anyone looking to explore the area on foot. With diverse wildlife and landscape to see, the best place to start your hike is where it all started: The Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park. Inside the state park is the Louisiana Purchase Trail, which explores the first plot in which the area was surveyed and eventually evolved into what the state is now.
The scenic walk is on an elevated boardwalk, which offers a 12-foot wide fenced-in path with even walking areas. This dog-friendly trail may be short, but it travels through unique and distinct habitats, with information booths and resting areas. The parking lot is made of crushed stone, with a single trash can at the beginning of the trail for hikers. Due to its lack of amenities, bring water and clean-up bags for your pup, who must remain on a leash while on the trail.
The Louisiana Purchase Historic State Park contains 37.5 acres of protected land, filled with dense forests, swamps, and grasslands. Once you're on the trail, you'll find a winding path that cuts through bald cypress, black willow, Tupelo, and buttonbush. Depending on the season, you'll see a moss and leaf covered floor or a swampy area that can rise up to 2 to 3 feet.
Your walk will bring you to some nice landmarks too, like the Louisiana Purchase Survey Marker, which rises 6 feet from the ground and details the original date and people associated with the survey of the land. Along with signs and detailed educational booths about the natural area, there's also a large rest area at the end of the trail with benches.
After taking a rest from exploring the swampy area and reading up on its natural wonders, it won't take long to turn around and head back to your car. You and Fido will find the walk enjoyable, and aside from educational, it will be peaceful and quiet in this historic area.