Fontainbleau State Park

EASY 76 reviews

Fontainbleau State Park is a 4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mandeville, Louisiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles
49 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

road biking

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Cane Bayou is the perfect bayou for anyone looking to get off the beaten path when in New Orleans. Just an hour north of New Orleans, Cane Bayou takes you through the brackish marsh with lots of good fishing holes, straight to the salt water of Lake Pontchartrain. Birders will love the Osprey and Horned Owl's nests. Nature lovers will enjoy seeing alligators in their natural habitat. Rent a kayak and get some bait from Bayou Adventure in Lacombe and you'll be set for the day! If you want to do one of the many land trails in this vicinity, you can rent bikes from Bayou Adventure also.

26 days ago

Great hike. Very swampy. If you love alligators this is the trail for you! Just kidding but you are definitely exposed to the elements out here. Beautiful views.

mountain biking
6 months ago

Beautiful! Rode through the woods and saw 3 Bald Eagles flying around just overhead, then rode out on the boardwalk in/on the big marsh...nice view over the water. Then we rode over to the pier at the day use area where there’s a spectacular view of Lake Ponchatrain and the 24-mile road bridge running across it. I would love to come back again when we have more time to hang around.

10 months ago

Second time to this park. Just love the availability to walk through wooded trails, wood dock in the marsh and then walk out to the beach and pier. Tons more of deer at sunset. A few crocs in the marsh and love all the birds singing

11 months ago

Nice easy trail. Went in the morning and it was cool with plenty of tree overhangs for the shade. Watch out for the numerous big spider webs going across the trail - had to duck a good bit as a tall guy

Sunday, June 11, 2017

great to hike or run. it was nice to be able to bring the dog (who loved swimming in the lake). the best view of the lake is past the sign that says wrong way at the back of the loop. the trail was much more accessible on that side rather than the other. just about the whole trail was grass with some muddy spots - a good trail to go barefoot if you like doing that. it's mostly shaded, but sunscreen and bug spray would be a great idea. theres lots to see. we even saw a deer.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Easy to run and good for beginners. Can do several loops to make a longer run.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Great trail for beginners. Plenty of opportunities to take pictures, but a portion of the Alligator Marsh Boardwalk was closed down. There is a massive Live Oak on the Sugar Mill Nature Trail. Plenty of shade along the hiking trail.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fun, easy stroll. Fine for kids. $2 per person (children over 3) cash only. The single trailhead is very close to a parking area. You can do the shorter Sugar Cane trail (1.7 mi) which lets out at a nice beach area on the Lake with a bathroom building nearby (may be locked sometimes I hear). There's also a detour to a boardwalk (Alligator something) that takes you over shallow marsh and cattails where you can fish, bait crabs, gator watch. You can loop back to the trailhead to finish the shorter trail or continue on to the longer trail (4.75 mile loop) that goes to Bayou Cane. Terrain is flat, mostly grass with lots of shade. Lots of critters too. Saw two deer prance across the trail 50 yards ahead of us. Saw many broad-head skinks (9 inch tan salamander w orange head), a large red eared turtle, king snake. Thought I would need bug spray but it wasn't a problem. Will definitely go back.

Friday, April 14, 2017

This is an ok little trail at the park. It is split into two parts, one goes to a boarded trail over the marsh, which is nice, however it is cut short by a constructed dead-end due to structural instability, which unfortunately has been that way for some time. The other way,"left" at the fork, it simply a trail in the woods that goes around for a couple miles. Just beware that there are snakes in theses woods, and even dangerous ones, just a heads up.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Went a while back, I usually hike at tunica so this was very different. I felt like I could've done this in the woods behind my house. It wasn't the worst trail but def not the best. Very overgrown, kind of run down. Make sure you bring bug spray! Great if you are preparing for a big hike.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The trails were nice, a bit overgrown so I wish I had worn pants or tall socks and shoes. Saw one snake but it was gone as quick as it came. There was a tree down blocking the trail into the deepest part of the woods so I wasn't apply to hike the whole thing. I'll definitely be back but when the heat isn't so bad and all the creepy crawlies aren't out.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Very muddy this go. Also there was a massive swarm of bees about 1 mile in on the Bayou Cane Trail. So large I heard them before I saw them. Please beware

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Did the shorter Sugar Mill Trail due to the 90 degree weather. Looks like they are rebuilding the Alligator Marsh Boardwalk!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The trail is a very easy loop. The board walk is no longer there, I never had the chance to see it. If you follow the paved road the the lake, there is a small beach, and a pier. It was only a few dollars to get in.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

very nice and easy. great for kids. love how all of the trees and such are labeled. the Oaks are amazing and we always enjoy having a picnic there.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Great park. Camping is good (can be loud on weekends). Tiny beach is a nice spot to relax and bring a cooler, although I wouldn't swim in the water. I would skip the hiking trails altogether. They are not kept up well and were kind of ruined since Katrina (although they may have fixed them within the last year or so). The Tammany Trace bike trail crosses through park. Def a nice day trip.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Nice trail. Brought my dog and hiked about 3.5 miles. We then went to the beach area and hiked around there. Seems like a good place to bring your kids. I look forward to going back and camping.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nice trails. Probably would be better for a winter or late fall hike.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Brought all my friends and we went camping!

Monday, January 12, 2015

came here with my dog and was very beautiful. came across a beach that my x -boyfriend rode to on motorcycle by accident and was a nice place to reflect on the memories. thanks ed for the best memories.

Monday, September 01, 2014

I really enjoyed the trail :) saw alligators, snakes, turtles, frogs, swamp rabbit and lots of huge crickets.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Not a bad trail but parts were very muddy and we had not had rain in several days. Had to go off trail several times but that was the most fun. Not as good for my little ones. Trail needs some work but great potential. Saw two snakes crossing our path.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

This is a very nice place for a day trip, but keep these things in mind. The restroom in the visitors building may not always be unlocked, some of the trails have mud (there needs to be boardwalks), some of the boardwalks need to be repaired and there are no mile markers any where. The Oak tress are amazing!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Gorgeous hike. The state park is beautiful with plenty of wildlife and landmarks to see. I went down the Bayou Cane trail which got really close to the lake. Was a little disappointed to find one of the platforms going out on the lake was busted, but it was still very senic. There are plenty of old trees with Spanish Moss hanging from the limbs making this a very picturesque trail. Will definitely going back to Fontainbleau to go down the other trails.

trail running
Monday, April 22, 2013

The good news is the $1 entry fee is well worth the price. The trail is really in disrepair and if anyone knows of a community group working to improve it please reply. I might not think it is much but that is wear and tear not disrespect for the area. Would like to help improve it. Beautiful landscape, wide trails, and lots of distance to cover. Just would like to see some more mile markers and some of the elevated areas repaired (the boardwalk and small bridges). It is in a bayou area so when it is wet it is really wet.

Friday, March 08, 2013

I enjoy a more challenging hike vs. a simple nature walk, but Fountainbleu was still serene and enjoyable. There is some deep & unavoidable mud after recent rain. Good for birdwatching; I wished I'd taken a book on local birds. The boardwalk on the marsh was destroyed by a hurricane & hasn't been rebuilt, which was disappointing, but the marsh was still really pretty from the available vantage point. Saw lots of families & kids out walking. Would be nice & easy to bike or run, as long as it was semi-dry.

mountain biking
Sunday, February 12, 2012

We were visiting family that was camping a Fontainbleau SP and decided to take the kids bike riding in "the woods". It has recently rained but the trail was in good shape. We biked all the trails (about 6 mi worth) and went to the boardwalk to look for gators.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

This place is amazing. It is beautiful and functional in every way. The camping section is great. The new cabins are awesome. This place is so clean, makes you feel like your away from all the cities trash, violence and pollution. I've been here at lest 20-30 times. They have a nice little pond with plenty of bass and perch. But watch your kids around the pond, the park rangers are raising a small alligator in there so be careful. 2 east trails for running or waking. Plenty of wild life. Nice board walks off of one of the trails, one of the nicest peaceful views out there. Overall this place is amazing and beautiful to say the least, and is a great family get away spot. Hope the review helped :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

This park is so diverse and has so many different ecosystems. Hiking wise there are 2 separate trails. The trail head is less than 1/2 a mile to a fork. 1 way is the 5 mile loop and the other way is a shorter hike where you can go out on a boardwalk and view Lake Pontchartrain. The oak trees are beautiful and it's great to just walk through them. There's also a beach with a lookout, a playground, and campground areas I just love this park

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fontainbleau State Park has a lot of different things. Camping, pool, beach, 2 nature trails good for hike & biking, I saw Doe with 2 fawns, lots of raccoon, and numerous birds. The showers were not great for it had to much hot water to it. There are plenty tent space away from the RVs and plenty RV space.
When I was 6 yrs old it was my first camp trip and it was in a cabin then. Over the numerous years I must have camped there about a dozen times.

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