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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 October until March. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 27.2 miles Elevation Gain: 95 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

road biking


bird watching





rails trails


wild flowers


no dogs

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 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. 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.

16 days ago

This was the best run ever but you can ride bikes walk and just stroll I did a run for a 15 mile stretch and it was wonderful I came from Colorado so I had been looking for a nice trail and I definitely found it I got at least 27 miles to play with and I love it

1 month ago

For an easy, paved walk, jog, run or bike. This is the place to be. The Tammany Trace is part of the larger Rails to Trails initiative which is worth looking into if you’re searching for different areas of light adventure. With small footbridges crossing creeks, and most roadway crossings being easy to manage, the Trace tends to be the place to be when people are looking for a nice place to walk... Like now.. during the Covid-19 Pandemic. One bit of warning: Most “day bikers” haven’t grasped the concept of bikes yielding to pedestrians. And “On Your Left” is seldom heard. On the plus side.... You could walk many different stretches and find different little spots to eat to break up the day if you’re putting in some miles.

bike touring
5 months ago

Beautiful, easy bike trail with nice stops along the way. Can't wait to do it again.

Tue May 21 2019

Ride it daily. has a lot of shady areas so when tired you can stop and rest. Almost imposible to get lost.

Tue Apr 23 2019

No dogs allowed? For real?

Sun Mar 31 2019

I love this trail but why can’t you walk your dogs on it??? Seems silly you can ride horses but can’t bring your dogs. If they don’t except leashed dogs and people that clean up after them , I will not use it and will continue to ask and tell people about the no dogs policy!!!!! Stupid!!!!! Louisiana needs to become more dog friendly like other cities where I have taken my dogs and they were welcomed in restaurants, trails, beaches, shops, etc. My dogs are better behaved than most people ‘s kids. The Lakefront allows dogs. I wish someone who is in charge of the Tammany Trace would address this

Tue Sep 25 2018

I live in the area. I just wanted to comment that the trail is not best from March thru October, but instead October thru March. The reason for this is that our summers are unbearably harsh, and our winters are mild and beautiful. Back to the appropriate commentary; this is a wonderful trail.

road biking
Mon Sep 03 2018

The Trace as the locals know it is a 31 mile stretch of paved path stretching from downtown quaint town of Covington through Abita Springs, Mandeville,Lacombe and ending in Slidell . The scenery is varied from beautiful shady oak trees to sunny marsh areas . The Trace is appreciated by locals and visitors from leisurely walking to serious cyclists . Bike rentals are available in Covington and Mandeville for the day. .

mountain biking
Fri Jul 27 2018

Great biking trail, not a lot of scenery besides the typical swamp land. Well maintained paved trail. Depending on your skill level it can easily be navigated in a day. It's a hot ride but passes by several areas with water, food, shops, etc. Take water and snacks with you just in case. It is very hot during the summer months, we enjoy the ride more during the cooler months.

Sat Jul 14 2018

Been here several times, both walking and biking. Black top tip to tip with marked crossroads, and there's alot of them on certain sections. No dogs allowed. All flat ground. Several entrances and exits, but very few bathroom facilities on the trail so be prepared. Horses are allowed on parts of the trail but I've never seen any.

road biking
Thu Nov 30 2017

Great for long, relaxed bike rides and runs. A good cycling community shows up almost every weekend day.

Tue Jul 18 2017

Loved biking on the trace! We stopped at Abita for a quick sample of the brewery and to have lunch at a cute little local spot.

road biking
Tue Jul 04 2017

Great fitness trace and patrolled by security - awesome!

Sat Sep 17 2016

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.

Thu Aug 25 2016

not finished yet

Sun May 29 2016

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.

road biking
Tue Mar 08 2016

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!

Sun Apr 26 2015

it is awesome!

Thu Jan 22 2015

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.

Mon Jul 14 2014

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.

Wed Jun 26 2013

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.

road biking
Fri May 31 2013

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.

road biking
Tue Mar 13 2012

The Trace is great this time of year. Be sure to stop at the Abita trailhead for the brew pub.

Thu Nov 24 2011

It goes from Slidell through Mandeville and ends in Covington.

road biking
Thu Aug 26 2010

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.

road biking
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