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Level: Intermediate
Length: 7 mi (11.3 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +592/599 ft
Total: 58 riders
 

Mountain Biking Bodcau

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#13 of 50 mountain bike trails in Louisiana
#3125 in the world

Bodcau was originally a hiking trail, but has been redesigned and engineered to make the most of the terrain and to produce one of the finest bike trails in the state. The trail offers several of the longest and fastest downhills in the state - although not very techinical the climbs are long. The trail consist of loops that can be riden in either direction.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From I-20 take the Haughton/Fillmore/Hwy 157 exit go north 10 miles to Tooties Grocery, turn right and follow signs to Bodcau Recreational Area. After Fire Tower turn left and trail head is on left after the fork.
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  • bmoss532
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    Good Trail! I could tell someone has been taking care of it - limbs and logs freshly-cut and moved out of the trail in several places.

    I'm an lower-intermediate rider and found climbs pretty challenging (had to stop and walk a couple). It was 99 degrees with 49% humidity when I rode - might do a little better when it cools down.

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  • Mickey Young
    *****

    Love this trail. It offers a bit of everything. Great flowy areas and just the right amount of tech.

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  • Mickey Young
    *****

    Awesome Singletrack system. There are several really nice flowing downhill areas that's rare in LA. Can't wait for another ride there.

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  • Steve Rost
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    Ran this trail today, most parts would have been a blast on the bike. The section I ran was a 2.1 mile section, only complaint was some vegetation across the trail in places, and many came with spiderwebs stretched across the trail, luckily I did not pick up any hitchhikers. Challenging run, slowed me from my usual 8:30-9:30 a mile to near 14:00! Climbs, switchbacks, drops, roots, some natural obstacles...can't wait to ride it!

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  • MACNIO
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    I'm giving this a 3 for the time being, only because of the horrible damage that I assume came from the bad floods last year. there are very large sections of the backhalf loop that are completly unridable due to flood out areas where logs and some trees have wash up and destroyed the trail. there was complete sections that I could barley walk my bike through, I only found my way due to the markers on the tree...which by the way is a postive aspect of this trail system, very well marked now (wasn't marked very well last time I was here in 2014). the front half is very fun, but I disagree with everyone elses review and I think Monkey Trail is better.
    if this back half gets fixed, and normal trail maint gets all the fallen trees off the trail, this trail will be back on par with the Monkey Trail

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  • GTXC4
    *****

    Rode this for the first time today. Favorite trail in the region. Much better than Monkey Trail. Some nice jumps while going downhill, followed by rooty sections. Jumped anything and everything possible. Nice flow and enjoyed the rocky sections and loose rock/gravel feel. Forget your in Louisiana, not bad at all... It's worth the time if you're in the area.

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  • John F
    ****

    Just went this morning, 6-7 large total trees down over the trail because of the storm last night. Trail was rideable, just had to get off your bike to climb over the trees. Someone with permission to use a chainsaw in the park needs to do some cutting. Other than that it was a good ride, as usual.

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  • John F
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    Rode this 2 days ago, in good condition, trail was clear and fast except for 1 large tree that fell during the wind storm a few days ago, you will have to get off to get over it. Looks like they cleared some smaller trees from the trail making it a little more open. Over all good trail, lots of fun

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  • pock89
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    Broke my collarbone out here. You guys really shouldn't have the cable wires hanging down by the levee.

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  • amorganlpn
    *****

    Fun Trail, try to get out there every weekend at least once to try to improve my time on the front trail, lots of uphill on the middle trail and the back trail can be very technical in places, overall trail is well maintained, have been riding here every weekend since March 2013. Mosquitoes can get kind of big and thick, especially on the back trail, But we made them earn their meal.

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  • TnR12
    *****

    We just walked and ran this trail. Such an awesome trail... Look forward to going back with bikes.

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  • *****

    Great flowing single track,we took the left orange trail at the trail head to the red wear we crossed the road than hooked up with the yellow than back across road for the 2nd half of the orange. May be confusion on the 2nd half of orange wear to go because you will run up on a chain link fence that is not completed yet, go through the fence you will see the trail,A nice fast down hill with a few surprizes toward the end.
    Trail is set up very nice with a couple of creek crossings, bridges,fast downhills, pretty long gradual climb on the yellow, great work out if u ride this hard. Not near the roots as compared to the monkey trail but they are a few. 6 miles was what i registered for all 3 loops. You will enjoy riding this but For sure bring some bug spray.

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  • ***

    The trail looks like it used to be good, however when i went out there it was all closed. Looks like a lot of the trees have been getting cleared and the trail is just destroyed. Do not attempt! The trail is UNRIDEABLE as of March 4, 2012. Looks like it will be a long time before and if it gets cleared.

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  • DJosh
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    This was my first time riding this trail. It has three loops: red, orange, and yellow. I didn't get to ride the yellow, but the red and orange were fun. orange is a little better than the red. It is tough at times going up hills, but for the most part it is a solid track. It is kept in good shape. Great trail!

    * Review edited 6/12/2011

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  • hoopster152
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    Really fun trail kinda easy to lose your direction though and you might end up going up the hill instead of down, but all in all a really fun ride. especially the first loop.

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  • warren_davis
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    ok for north louisiana, sorta rough and very narrow, vegatation could be cut back some, the clay is quite slick as you could imagine after even minimal rain, go down to the camping area and start there makes it more difficult, take a can of off the mosquitos get thick down in the bottoms

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