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Last Updated On 3/26/2015
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Trail Notes

The Clear Springs Recreation Area is about a 2 hour drive from Baton Rouge. It is
nestled in a secluded area of rolling hills. The area, surrounded by tall stands of pines
and mixed hardwood trees, provides the visitor with a shady forest atmosphere. There
are camping, picnicking, a pavilion and RV facilities on the site. The trail is a 12 mile
loop used for hiking and mountain biking. Restroom facilities are available at the
recreation area.

The trailhead parking lot is located near the entrance of Clear Springs Recreation
Area. The trail can be accessed from the trailhead and from the road (county road
104) that dissects the area. Features of the trail include clear running streams, huge
pine trees, magnolias, oaks and beech trees.

The hiker has the option of hiking the entire 12 mile loop or lesser loops, which take
some planning and car spotting. County road 104 dissects the area and leaving one
care where the trail crosses the highway creates about a 9.5 mile hike if hiked
counter-clockwise from the trailhead, and about a 3 mile clockwise hike from the
trailhead. For another shorter hike, spot a car on Road 186 at a location where it
crosses the hiking trail. Get a map at the recreation area to see where Road 186
crosses the trail. From the trailhead, this counter-clock hike is about 6.3 miles long.

This is a beautiful area to hike and offers some CHALLENGING climbs for the hiker.
Another trail, called the Mill Branch branches off the main trail shortly after leaving the
trailhead, it is another interesting hike, but somewhat shorter.  

User Groups:
Hiking/mountain biking

Permits:
There is a day use fee to enter the area.

Directions:
To get there from Baton Rouge, take Hwy. 19 through Baker/Zachary and proceed
into Mississippi where it becomes Mississippi Hwy. 33 and eventually meets Hwy.
84/98. Turn right on Hwy. 84/98 and go toward Meadville. Look for County Road
104 (about 4.5 miles before reaching Meadville) and turn right onto that road. Go 4.1
miles to the recreation area entrance.

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GORP nominates Clear Springs as a Top Ten Best Campground in the U.S.A



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GORP nominates Clear Springs as a Top Ten Best Campground in the U.S.A.


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