Forest Hill/Camp Claiborne

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Type of Ride: Off-Road
Distance: 26 miles
Nearby Towns: Alexandria

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Surrounded by the Kisatchie National Forest, the 26-mile trail system on this former Army base was built for endurance competitions and is still used as a course for mountain bikes. Sandy terrain helps the trails hold up in wet weather, but some areas are rough and rutted nonetheless. The Calcasieu Ranger District manages the trail system in this area where some 500,000 troops trained for World War II.

If you go, keep in mind that these trails also are available for hiking and equestrian use. The trail is two-way and provides a primitive trail experience. Blind turns, hikers, other riders or horses should be anticipated. Roots, logs and stream crossings will be slippery. Riding fast is hazardous and not recommended. From Forest Hill intersection of Highway 112 E. and Highway 165, take 165 north 2.1 miles. Turn left on Highway 112 W. and go 2.6 miles. Turn right on Road 258 and go 1.4 miles to Loran Camp and Trailhead. See

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