Kisatchie Hills Wilderness

Flat-topped mesas, steep cliffs and feral hogs

A bayou in Kisatchie Hills Courtesy of Justin Meissen via Flickr
Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Courtesy of Justin Meissen via Flickr
Kisatchie Hills at sunset Courtesy of Justin Meissen via Flickr
Longleaf pines in Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Courtesy of Justin Meissen via Flickr
The Kisatchie Trail Courtesy of Justin Meissen via Flickr

Location: Louisiana
Size: 8,679 acres
Year Designated: 1980
Fast Fact: With its canyons and sandstone bluffs, the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness features some of Louisiana’s most unique topography.

Locally, the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area is known as the “Little Grand Canyon,” which in a state defined by bayous and marshes is a testament to the area’s unique topography. Steep, rugged terrain climbs to flat-top mesas and sandstone bluffs, all of which support a very distinct ecosystem of forests. Streams running through the forested areas support a diverse cast of wildlife, from foxes to feral hogs. The endangered red-cockaded woodpecker also lives within the wilderness area.