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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


There is a day use fee to enter the area.


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