Shreveport, LA

Trail Running Options Outside of Shreveport

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While there are some trail running options close to Shreveport center, such as the Red River National Wildlife Refuge, more dedicated trail runners may have to travel outside the city to get their fix. Here are a few of the best trail running options around Shreveport:

Lake Bistineau State Park:

Lake Bistineau is a camping and recreation area located on a large namesake lake, just 30 miles east of Shreveport. It’s famous for its beautiful cypress trees and great fishing. Runners will enjoy exploring the 10 mile Hike/Bike Trail, which can be broken up into smaller loops and segments. TRAIL MAP.

Bodcau Wildlife Management Area:

The Bodcau Wildlife Management Area is approximately 30 miles to the northeast of the city. It’s named for a major bayou that forms a network of lakes and cypress swamps between hardwood forests. There are a variety of trails throughout the WMA, but the most runnable sections are the Durden Hills Trails to the south, off of Bodcau Dam Road. Three winding loops (2.4, 2.2, and 2.4 miles) can be combined for a run of up to 7 miles. 

The Monkey Trail (Eddie D. Jones Park):

This trail can be somewhat overgrown and hard to follow, but it’s too unique not to include! The “Monkey Trail,” departing from Eddie D. Jones Park in Keithville, borders the Chimp Haven chimpanzee sanctuary. Don’t be surprised to hear the primates howling as you make your way through the forest! There are over 10 miles of singletrack, including an easygoing 1.5 mile hiking/running trail. Keep your head up for mountain bikers, as this is a favorite local shred spot. NOTE: the area is only open Wednesday-Saturday 8-5 pm and Sunday 1-5 pm. 

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