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Zoie Clift Friday, 18 November 2011 08:31 TWEET COMMENTS 0

Rouge-Orleans - Page 3

Mardi Gras is Louisiana's oldest celebrated holiday. It is a whole season, known as Carnival, that begins on January 6 and lasts until Fat Tuesday (February 21). During the last two weeks, around 60 parades sweep through New Orleans.

"Mardi Gras is the love of life," writes New Orleans author Chris Rose. "It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods and our joy of living."


Trailhead: Baton Rouge, Louisiana area

If you can still run, much less walk, after the race, Beck suggests these other Louisiana trails:

  • Comite and Hooper Road Park trails. A popular destination for local mountain bikers, both trails are located in North Baton Rouge and offer around 20 miles combined. www.bramba.org/trails.php
  • Spillway Trails: A mostly flat 5.5-mile singletrack loop in Norco, Louisiana, with various bridge crossings. The trail consists of clay, hard-packed dirt and sand, and runs parallel to the Bonnet Carre Spillway. www.nomambo.net/trail-info
  • The Beast Trail. Around eight miles of trail within the West Feliciana Sports Park of St. Francisville, Louisiana. The route includes rugged hills and climbs and meanders in and out of the woods surrounding the park. www.tunicatrails.org/?q=node/21
  • Clear Springs Trail. Twelve-mile loop in the Clear Springs Recreation Area, located about two hours from Baton Rouge, includes stream crossings, and is shaded by large pine, oak, magnolia and beech trees. www.hikelouisiana.org/detailsclearspring.html
  • Kincaid Lake Trail. Nine miles meander around the shoreline of Kincaid Lake in Alexandria, Louisiana, in the Kisatchie National Forest. Other shorter trails are also available nearby. www.trails.mtbr.com/cat/united-states-trails/trails-louisiana/trail/kincaid-lake-trail/prd_168139_4551crx.aspx
  • Lincoln Parish Park. Twisting and winding up and down steep inclines, the 10-mile route lies inside a 260-acre forested park in Ruston, Louisiana.www. www.park.lincolnparish.org


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