Experience the beauty of Louisiana's natural habitat on the Tammany Trace, a 31-mile asphalted trail that winds through five charming communities: Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe and Slidell. Once a segment of the Illinois Central Railroad, this rail-to-trail conversion offers unbroken access to a wildlife conservation corridor, linking isolated parks, historic landmarks, and wetlands. You can explore the area's natural wonders up close as you cross 31 bridges built on the original railroad trestles. Don't worry about getting lost or feeling unsafe, our Trace rangers are available daily from sunrise to sunset to answer any questions and provide assistance.
At Tammany Trace headquarters in Mandeville, you will find fun for kids, along with a cultural interpretative center with restrooms, picnic tables and parking. Bike rentals are available nearby at the Kickstand Café. From there, the trace runs to Fontainebleau State Park, 2,800 acres of nature and hiking trails, with campsites, cabins, pavilions, sailboat and canoe launch, fishing and beach swimming. Then you’ll roll on to Lacombe, a quiet community where you’ll enjoy exploring scenic Bayou Lacombe amidst graceful oak trees and pines. In the final stretch you will move on toward Slidell and, ultimately, Camp Salmen, where you’ll find a nature park along peaceful Bayou Liberty.
Learn more about the area: Visit The Northshore