The Natchitoches City Council approved a resolution at its Feb. 13 meeting to officially show support of the adoption of a Bayou State Trail infrastructure initiative with the Bayou State Trail Association (BSTA), a statewide hiking trail that is in the process of development across several municipalities and parishes across the state. The BSTA is firmly dedicated to the development of this trail, which will serve as the state’s first long-distance trail set to run in excess of 300 miles from St. Mary Parish to the Arkansas state line. It will provide future economic improvement opportunities to Louisiana residents and particularly the citizens of Natchitoches Parish and the City of Natchitoches.
This trail will attract hikers from across the US and internationally as an opportunity for them to uniquely experience the beauty, geography, and cultural diversity offered here. The BSTA believes Natchitoches will be a community that will provide an especially positive experience for hikers of the Bayou State Trail. The BSTA will formulate with the appropriate designated officials to recommend the official route for passage by or through the city, along with any recommended infrastructure upgrades and/or additions and related financial estimates needed for funding by BSTA and/or the City of Natchitoches.