Off-road Louisiana: Muddin’ at Toledo Bend
Muddin’, or mudriding, season is just a few short months away! Although, it’s pretty much muddin’ season year-round in Louisiana. It’s rare to be on the roads on the weekend and not see at least two or three trucks pulling a trailer with an ATV or two.
Hopefully, some of these vehicles will head to west-central Louisiana and visit South Toledo Bend State Park’s off-highway vehicle trail. The 12-mile trail system opened in May and has nine loops coming off of a spine trail that’s a fun ride all by itself. The trails wind around and through great hilly terrain and through a couple of small streams (which are a bit more noticeable in the spring). And although the engine sounds tend to startle most wildlife, there’s still a chance to see some squirrels or rabbits … or maybe spot an eagle’s nest in the area.
The trails are open daily—8 a.m. – 5 p.m. October through March and 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. April through September. Of course, the trails will close during inclement weather, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead and check with the park.
Riders can pay fees and get their trail permits at the main entrance then exit the main park, turn left on La. Hwy. 191 and travel a half-mile to the trail parking. The trail’s rules and regulations are posted at the trailhead and on South Toledo Bend State Park’s webpage. The trail is designed for off-highway vehicles only, such as ATVs, UTVs and off-road motorcycles. And, yes, helmets are required for all riders. Safety first!
South Toledo Bend State Park is located off La. Hwy. 191, 16 miles west of Anacoco. Overnight amenities include cabins and an RV campground, while day-use guests can enjoy a 3.75-mile paved walking trail and the visitor center. For more information visit LaStateParks.com.