Mandeville, LA – March 7, 2016 – Each of the unique, tightly clustered municipalities located in St. Tammany Parish along the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, have enough local color, cuisine and natural beauty that they can be experienced in a multitude of ways. There is no better way, however, than to explore the North Shore by hiking, biking, or even skating the famed Tammany Trace.
The Tammany Trace is over thirty miles of paved path that connects the towns of Lacombe, Mandeville, Covington, Abita Springs and Slidell.
Built along the old railroad tracks, this famed trail winds through thick woods, wildlife rich wetlands and crosses over dozens of springs and bayous offering visitors looks into varying ecosystems and environments as well as an opportunity to experience each municipality in an up close and personal manner.
Once the corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the land for the Tammany Trace was purchased in 1992 and since then has served as the main draw to the area attracting serious cyclists and runners as well as leisurely strollers hoping for a bit of exercise or to catch a glimpse of their favorite bird in the area’s rich green forest.
While long, there is little altitude gain on the trace making it accessible for even those with physical difficulty.
Because the trace connects five municipalities, the ride is easily broken up into sections and in any of the breathtaking towns there is abundant shopping, outstanding dining and on festivals on the weekends.
As a visitor, to experience the Tammany Trace is as easy breezy as the Trace itself. In each municipality are bike rentals. Many of the rental houses, like Bayou Adventure out of Lacombe have bicycle drop off points along the trace so that when you feel that the ride is Bayou Adventure owner Shannon or one of her employees will come and pick up both you and your bike.
The North Shore of St. Tammany Parish is one of America’s most unique regions. With a multitude of wildlife, exquisite forest, heritage and local charm, it is best experienced from head to hilt in the open air and there is no better way to do it than by taking on the trace.
Whether by foot, by bike or even horseback, the trace and the countless encounters along the way make for a perfect getaway.