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Level: Intermediate
Length: 25 mi (40.2 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +901/555 ft
Total: 51 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kincaid Lakeshore Trail

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#6 of 50 mountain bike trails in Louisiana
#1342 in the world

The trail is good single track. It seems like it gets a lot of use. It has short climbs and a few twisty parts. Nothing to serious. Some parts of the trail you can pick up and maintain some good speed and it makes the ride a blast. Anyone can ride this trail and have some good fun and good training value. You will not improve you technical skill on this trail but it is a good for ride for this area. The trail is maintained really well and decently marked. The trail also ties into Lamotte Creek trail and Wild Azelea trail. Seven miles one way. A really good trail for this area. You will not go home disappointed as I have with so many other trails in the area such as Wild Azelea. There are a few other trails in the national forest but I can not make a decent review because of the rain we have been getting in this area.

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 Alexandria move to Highway 28 West. Once you start to move out of town you will see a small sign that says lake kincaid east boat ramp. Take a left at that road. The name of the road is Messina road. As you are moving south look for a sign that says east boat ramp and take a right at this road. Move to the end of the road and there will be a parking lot. The day use fee to park a vehicle there is 3 dollars. The trail head is marked. If you want to print out a map visit the kisatchie national forest website and view the Calcaseu unit link. You will see a print out for the entire area.
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  • MaGabbs
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    Not sure why it says this trail is 25 miles. I believe Kincaid is 9, and the Lakeshore is 10 out and back. Fun trails, nothing too difficult.

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  • texasaggie94
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    Trail was dry and fast today. No downed trees on the 9mile recreation loop. Also the Wild Azelea trail (red, yellow and double yellow diamonds) were also good and clear.

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  • AltraJay
    *****

    Great trail. One of the best I have been on. It has some tough hills and they are continuous and a smoker.

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  • nickrm
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    Myself and two others got a chance to ride here on 3/9/13. The trail has a lot of downhills and a good bit of easy climbing, it seemed to be that way no matter which direction you chose. We were fortunate to be camping right near the trail itself. HOWEVER, while we were there, they decided it was a great weekend to do controlled burning - made it very difficult for us to breathe once the wind shifted all the smoke toward us. Other than the smoke, i'd say that the trail and park are a great trip and i look forward to going back

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  • budussy
    *****

    Very fun and pristine trail. Extremely impressed with the trail maintenance. It was in top condition. Great views too. Not very difficult or technical but still fun. We started at the pay station just before the campground entrance. We traveled the loop in a clockwise direction, keeping the lake on our left side. This is how the trail is marked. There are mileage posts every half mile and blue diamonds every fifty yards or so. The loop is nine miles long.

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  • *****

    One of my favorite trails that's within driving distance from Baton Rouge. You can take the lakeshore trail 7 miles in and then spin around and hit those same 7 miles back to your car or you can continue onto two other trail systems adding more an more miles to your ride. All trails seem to be riden often and are a blast to ride. Camping is also a great option if the weather is gonna be nice. The bike trails are literally right behind our last camp spot where we had a nice hilltop view of one of the lakes! It was a great trip, can't wait to go back!

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  • cdybrynt
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    For me, this trail is one of the more difficult in the Kincaid area. Starting at the boat ramp, you have mostly hills. It's a great trail though, with a even match of up and downhills. With the downhills, a lot of speed can be had in certain areas. You do cross a road a couple times near the end. It's well kept up but not as much as the loop is.

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  • trekmtbrider
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    Rode this a few years ago while stationed at Ft. Polk. Found myself at a miss-marked section near the parking area and boat ramp where the trail ended. So I cut the ride short.

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  • honez1414
    *****

    Best trail in Central LA. There are excellent trails on both the east and west sides of Kincaid Lake. There are several options for out and back rides or even loops. You can access the trail from the East Boat Ramp off Messina Rd or from the Recreation Area on the West side of the lake.

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  • schwinncrusher16
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    it is a fun trail, some spots are relaxed while others are fast paced and sketchy. my advice if its your first time go first 2 miles no problem then go slow and careful until you know the trail it gets better and harder.  few pretty spots along the way like wooden bridges, natural streams, and can walk to the lake in several spots. overall i love it and im shure you will to just dont underestimate it

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  • elliottcutrer
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    Fun, Fast and few twists with some short climbs. A sure bet for a good ride in Central Louisiana.

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