This forest is actually in Mississippi, not in Louisiana, but it is not far from St Francisville.
This large natural reserve with seasonal waterfalls is a great hiking resource if you like steep terrain. Some trails are well maintained, others more primitive (and the difference is well marked on the maps). From Highway 61, take a left on Miss. Highway24. Drive for about 13 miles until you reach the Pond Store junction. Turn right and proceed past the store to the trail head parking area on the left. Have plenty of drinking water and a snack with you.
The Angola penitentiary stands on the grounds of an old plantation and was notorious for brutality from the time of its foundation in 1880 (in former slave quarters) until the 1970s. Today, a small museum stands next to the penitentiary's entrance. Angola itself is a short drive away from St Francisville, in an isolated part of the State.
This site was donated to the Nature Conservancy by Mrs. L. Heidel Brown and the late Mr. Brown in memory of their daughter.
A series of trails have been constructed for the public with special stops to view numerous habitats. The preserve also features a pavilion and pond house available for day outings as well as overnight primitive camping for scout and school groups.
The trails are open to the public during daylight hours.
Mary Ann Brown Preserve supports a mature stand of beech-magnolia forest. Several streams and small ravines dissect the property.
The 109 acre preserve is located 30 miles North of Baton Rouge off of Highway 61. Turn east on Highway 965 and travel 5.5 miles, about 2 miles past the Audubon House entrance. The preserve will be on the left. The physical address is 13583 Highway 965.