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Sandstone Trail

Monday, June 10, 2019

Alt Names

Kisatchie Ranger District, Lotus Camp, Corral Camp, Coyote Camp

Last Known StatusTemporarily Closed  (due to wet trail conditions)

This 36 mile trail winds through a scenic longleaf pines forest. The trail mainly consists of sand and clay and offers several stream crossings, speed bumps, sandstones, hills and sticky red dirt sections.

There are several trailheads that can be found along the main entrance road in addition to the several campgrounds. A small fee is charged to camp at Lotus and Corral Camp but there is no charge for camping at Coyote Camp. A new cross over spur trail has been added to shorten the northern section of the 31 mile loop.

This trail is prone to temporary closures on short notice due to inclement weather. For current status check the trail hotline before heading out.

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***ANNOUNCEMENTS*** (June 2019)

 * Trail Status 

The south portion of Sandstone Trail is closed until July 1. The trail south of the Longleaf Scenic Byway is closed to OHV traffic, bicycles, and horseback riding. The northern portion of the Sandstone trail is open. OHVs are to use Corral and Coyote Camps for access. Horseback riders are to use Cane and Oak Camps for access.


Nearest CityLotus, LA
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Natchitoches, LA
1) Take SR-6 west about 7 miles
2) Turn left (south) on SR-117, continue about 20 miles
3) Turn left (east) on Longleaf Scenic Byway, continue about 3.5 miles
4) Lotus Camp is on the right (south).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingVery Good
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Visitor Reviews & Comments)


Miles Of Trail36
Climate TypeForest
Elevation150 to 300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has mostly sandy areas.Mostly
MudThe trail has some mud after it rains.Some
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has few steep hills.Few
Water CrossingsThe trail has some water crossings.Some
Small JumpsThis trail has some small jumps.Some
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has many berms.Many
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has few sand or gravel pits.Few
Single TrackThis national forest has few single track trails.Few
RoadsThis national forest has few roads.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has some beginner terrain.Some
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has mostly intermediate level terrain.Mostly
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has little expert terrain.Little


Permit RequiredNo
Dates OpenMay 1 - December 31
Reciprocity OfferedUnknown
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise LimitYes (99 dB)
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (50 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers Four WheelersPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSPermitted(maximum width 50 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
HorsebackNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingNoriding permitted during daylight hours only
Cross CountryProhibitedno trailblazing
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.
CommentNo mudding. Tires with tread depth exceeding 1 inch are prohibited.


RidingYes ($5.00 per rider)
Tent: $10.00
RV: $10.00
Addtl. Vehicle: $0.00
Lotus and Corral Camp are pay sites, Coyote Camp is free.


First Aid First Aid20-30 Miles (NE)Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (318) 214-4200
Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (NE)Casey's Kwik Stop (318) 238-2338
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (NE)Casey's Kwik Stop (318) 238-2338
Potable Water WaterOn SiteLotus Camp (318) 472-1840
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (NE)Nakatosh RV Park (318) 352-0911
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (NE)Nakatosh RV Park (318) 352-0911
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Site
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (NE)Casey's Kwik Stop (318) 238-2338
Swimming Swim AreaOn Site
Body of Water Water BodyOn Site
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (NE)Sibley Lake (318) 357-3887 **recreation permit required**


Contact InfoOHV Trail Hotline
(866) 830-6467
Contact InfoKisatchie National Forest - Kisatchie Ranger District
229 Dogwood Park Road
Provencal, LA 71468
(318) 472-1840


Sandstone Trail Photo

Sandstone Trail

Photo Submitted 11/5/2012 (Thanks!)

Sandstone Trail Photo

Sandstone Trail

Photo Submitted 2/16/2016 (Thanks!)

Sandstone Trail Photo

Sandstone Trail

Photo Submitted 2/16/2016 (Thanks!)

Sandstone Trail Photo

Sandstone Trail

Photo Submitted 10/10/2016 (Thanks!)

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