Louisiana Trails (a project of the L&A Trail, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the State of Louisiana) acquired in June 2001 a former 63-mile-long rail corridor that meanders through the State
is gentle hills across some of its most scenic streams from Webster to Winn Parishes. The company holds title to the property by deed from the Kansas City Southern Railway Company, successor to the Louisiana and Arkansas Railway. Louisiana Trails operates pursuant to federal Rails-to-Trails legislation under the overview of the U.S. Surface Transportation Board.
The purpose of Louisiana Trails is to develop opportunities for the enjoyment of the natural outdoors through recreational activities that will enrich the lives of those communities along the trails. This initiative holds great potential for the enhancement of the quality of life for visitors and local residents alike.
In an effort to connect Louisiana Trails with the larger efforts to develop outdoor recreation nationally, Louisiana Trails is a proud member of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a national organization that represents the leading trails in the United States. RTC hopes to connect individuals and communities nationally by creating a nationwide network of public trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. As a member of this national organization, Louisiana Trails commits policies and activities to the highest standards of rail-trail development and oversight.