This area covers 700 acres. Within it, there are up to 50 waterfalls that vary in height from 10 feet to 30 feet. They are seasonal and not named individually, but if you love waterfalls and are in Louisiana, this is where you should head first.
Hugging the state line between Louisiana and Mississippi, Clark Creek Natural Area is around three hours north of New Orleans. Some parts of the area are purely for experienced hikers and the enjoyment that a family with young children would get is strictly limited to the early stretch along the main trail.
The trails are not paved, although there are steps in places. However, at times, you will need to climb up ropes and rocks. Elsewhere, you may be trudging through mud and water.
If you head from Baton Rouge, you meet the first waterfall on the main trail after just a few minutes and a second comes shortly afterward. The water is cold but also refreshing. Families will get little fun going any further, although there are three other falls on that route. None of the five have been given specific names – they just come under the umbrella name of Clark Creek Falls.
Good footwear is essential and if you are intending to hike the whole length before returning to your car, the map that has been produced is invaluable. You should certainly carry plenty of water with you on a hot day.
We'll check the weather leading up to the trip. If it's too wet or planning to rain that day, we'll reschedule. This requires us to leave New Orleans at 7:30. We can meet at the ERC at 7am, have a quick breakfast, allow kids to switch cars- for those comfortable with that, and caravan.