Valentine Lake Loop Trail travels along the full north shore of Valentine Lake and then breaks away to the north to make a complete 3.4 mile loop through a diverse variety of ecosystems. Through flat to hilly upland pines to mixed hardwood creek bottoms. Wildflowers and plant species can be abundant at certain times of the year. Hiking or biking is allowed and is rated as an easy trail.
Wildlife can be observed at any time along the trail because of its remote surrounding forest. Caution should be given if a visitor was to encounter a snake. The best policy is to quietly back away and give it some space. Walk around it if possible, otherwise be patient and let it finish traveling across the trail before proceeding. Valentine Lake is now free of charge except for the camping facilities. Parking at the day-use areas to use the trail is also free. Picnicking, canoeing, camping, birdwatching, and more are all available at Valentine Lake Recreation Complex.
The Valentine Lake Trail is used by hikers. The trailheads are both at the Valentine Lake Northshore Campground. The Valentine Lake Trail is a loop.
Hiking the Valentine Lake Trail:
The Valentine Lake Loop Trail starts and ends at the Valentine Lake Northshore Campground. It is also accessible from the day-use areas at Valentine Lake via a shoreline trail that crosses the reservoir spillway.
Specific Hiking and Trail Information for the Valentine Lake Trail
Location of the Valentine Lake Trail: On Evangeline Unit Trails
Nearby Cities with Hotels: Alexandria, Pineville
For more information on this hike
National Forest: Kisatchie National Forest
Local Office: Kisatchie National Forest
9912 Highway 28 West
Boyce, LA, 71409
Valentine Lake Trail