Remember way back in the beginning of the month, when there were all those New Year’s Resolutions going around?
A lot of people resolved to be more active, to get outdoors more, or even to experience more of what Baton Rouge has to offer. As January is coming to a close, now is a good time to find ways to succeed at our goals (or at the very least, to find new reasons to get outdoors!).
Go for a stroll
Sometimes when it’s a nice day you might want to get outdoors while not seriously looking for adventure. Baton Rouge has you covered!
The Highland Road Community Park is a 150-acre multi-use recreational space perfect for getting some exercise. The park has a short, paved walking path if you just want to get out of the car and stretch your legs.
However, if you’re looking for something longer, the rolling hills of the park loop around in a three-mile circle. It’s perfect for getting in a longer walk and enjoying the scenery.
If you are feeling slightly more adventurous, the area of the park that has ball fields also has a short trail through the woods which accesses Bayou Fountaine. The park also features one of Baton Rouge’s best disc golf courses, so grab some friends and head on out on our next warm day!
Get in a hike
If you’re looking for something a little more advanced than a sunny stroll, look no further than the Waddill Wildlife Refuge and Outdoor Recreation Center. The 237-acre facility features an expanse of hardwood forest that is crisscrossed by a couple miles of hiking trails.
Waddill also is a sportsman’s playground, with plenty of opportunity to practice fishing and hunting. The ponds are catch-and-release, but a fisherman can spend all day practicing his craft.
Beyond the ponds are the bow hunting trails, with targets set up in the woods to practice your aim. Don’t worry though, the hiking trails are separated from the bow hunting trails, so hikers don’t need to keep an eye out for errant arrows!
Ride your bike
Everybody knows downtown Baton Rouge’s levee has an excellent bike path that allows riders to enjoy the Mississippi River on one side and the city skyline on the other, however fewer people know that the bike path traverses more than just downtown.
Heading south from the USS Kidd, a bicyclist can ride under the New Bridge and all the way down to LSU’s campus. A slightly more determined rider can follow the pavement a little longer to where it ends at BREC’s Farr Equestrian Park (which then has its own bike path that connects to the Beau Pre subdivision, as well as a free air pump and water fountain for topping off either the bicycle or the bicyclist).
Just because the pavement ends doesn’t mean the ride has to. The levee-top trail continues, becoming very rural very quickly. As the traffic disappears from River Road and the cow population increases on the levee pastures, a rider could be forgiven for thinking they were hours away from anywhere.
With the exception of the L’Auberge Casino, the bike path continues without any excitement past Bayou Manchac and into Iberville Parish before finally reaching a dead-end on private property. And when you’re just trying to get some time alone on your bike, a rural path without excitement can be the best kind of path