“Lafayette's first true singletrack mountain bike trail!
— Chris Baker
Set within a shared public park. Please be respectful of disc golfers and hikers.
This ride is on flowing singletrack located in the heart of Cajun Country. The Acadiana Park Mountain Bike trails feature winding and technical singletrack complete with berms, bridges, quick descents, and jumps to challenge seasoned riders, but is also tame enough by trail standards to be welcoming for first-time riders.
Need to Know
The trailhead is located just past the tennis courts on the east end of Acadiana Park.
Welcome to the Acadiana Park Mountain Bike Trails!
Beginning on Gusto
you are immediately welcomed by berms and rollers in order to get your blood flowing. Head downhill for several quick descents followed by large 180 berms that shoot you back into the woods.
Continue to the base of the run where a log obstacle and narrow bridge wait to be ridden. Follow the path back uphill for a moderate ascent followed by another quick downhill into a berm. The remainder of the trail is a mix of ascents, small obstacles, and several more berms before crossing over a walking path and moving into Quick and Dirty
After traveling down Quick and Dirty
, which includes a small ascent followed by a long downhill sprint, you'll arrive at Tani's Pass
. Take care when entering this trail and during the exit, both sections cross over a walking path used by disc golfers. Upon exiting Tani's Pass
you'll enter into Heisenberg
. This trail immediately greets you with several dips and rollers through ditches and several small coulees.
Cross over the bridge and maintain your speed because a short climb is on its way. After the ascent, turn back downhill for a fast and fun descent through the woods, followed by a switchback and another descent.
One more small climb and you are welcomed to the largest downhill ride at Acadiana Trails. Keep right to speed down, and stay left if you want to take advantage of a few drops and obstacles on your way down.
Continue out of the woods, crossing the disc golfers path momentarily before plunging back into the woods on Falkor
and get ready for over half of a mile of speedy singletrack through the densest section of the woods that Acadiana Trails has to offer.
The entire tract is situated in the lowest lying portion of the woods, so you may encounter more than a couple small puddles and muddy sections. The muddiest areas have narrow decks crossing them, so try your best to balance on these in order to preserve the natural ground.
Continue through the switchbacks and keep your eyes on the ground! But if you have a moment to pause (and I advise that you do), take a look around you to see the 100-year old cypress and live oak trees towering above you!
Upon exiting Falkor
, you'll come upon a bench and sitting area located on the walking path. This marks the halfway point for the Acadiana Park Mountain Bike Trails, so take a breather before jumping back into the woods on Larp.
History & Background