Tammany Trace Trail is a 27.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Covington, Louisiana that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans, the Tammany Trace is Louisiana's premier rail-trail. "The Trace," as the locals call it, has so much to offer for trail users of all ages. From the brewery and brew pub in Abita to the numerous playgrounds and parks that line the trail, you won't lack for things to see and do as you make your way from Covington, LA to Slidell. Many visitors to the Tammany Trace will access this trail from New Orleans. But don't worry about leaving the cajun cuisine behind when you leave the Big Easy. Some of it will follow you to the other side of Lake Pontchartrain to St. Tammany Parish. You can find great places to eat in Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe, and Slidell. In between, you will see some beautiful Louisiana countryside and wildlife, especially in the Fontainebleau State Park and two different wildlife refuges. And the trail is almost entirely flat and can even be ridden on a single speed bicycle with no problem. In fact the trail is ideal for tandem, recumbent, mountain, hybrid, or road bikes. Of course it is also nice for walking, inline skating and jogging. Portions of the trail are also available for horseback riding, but horses are not allowed to cross the Bayou Lacombe drawbridge. Bike rentals are available at the Kickstand Cafe in Mandeville where you'll find cycling stuff on the first floor and a wonderful little restaurant on the second floor. If you stay at the Camellia House Bed & Breakfast in Covington, you will have access to loaner bicycles.
Great trail for walking, pets, or cycling, but we cycled it. Very well maintained, and easy access and parking at trailheads. We get out there with our bikes as often as possible. Use sunscreen and take water as a good bit of it is unshaded!
Nice easy flat trail. Doing this to helped my new scout son get used to hiking. Only did 5 miles on it as a start.
not finished yet
We parked at Koop Rd. in Covington and walked to Abita Springs, had lunch and returned. The trail was beautiful. I bet it would be great on a bike too.
It is our most favorite place to cycle!!!
Beautiful at any time of the year.
Exceptionally clean and road bed well- maintained. The Trail rangers are terrific group!
it is awesome!
We had a great time! We especially loved going into Fountainebleau State Park, it was gorgeous. We started at the Camp Salem trailhead and went to the park and back. It was about 28 miles round trip.
Great place for a chill ride. Nice paved roads for biking, skating, anything with wheels. Also, some trails off the paved road for some off-road. If you go through Abita check out the Brewery for some free beer and some AC. All around great ride.
Hidden small trails...If you go around the circle in town and come out by the large pavilion and park, walk back past the kids playground. You will see the lion head with the Abita Springs water coming out, fill up and keep walking straight towards the forest. It has a few little trails to wander around. Not challenging at all but pretty.
Have made this ride several times. Scenery is good changing from wooded to wetlands past the state park on the trail. Very enjoyable ride for any level. Gets crowded on the weekends as this trail runs through several towns and has a lot of access points. Easy flat ride.
The Trace is great this time of year. Be sure to stop at the Abita trailhead for the brew pub.
It goes from Slidell through Mandeville and ends in Covington.
Very nice for a road bike trip or a family ride. Lots of places to stop and tour. Goes through many towns on the northshore with each having its own trail head. Very enjoyable paved route.