Louisiana Hiking, Nature April 09, 2019
This Epic Rail Trail In Louisiana Is Worth A Trip From Any Corner Of The State
Bikers, hikers, and equestrians will all delight in this impressive hidden gem tucked away in St. Tammany Parish. Louisiana’s only rail-to-trail conversion features an impressive 31-mile paved trail that makes for a great outing with kids or a solo adventure. It’s worth a trip from any corner of the state, so let’s check it out.
Whether you’re just looking for a leisurely stroll or an epic outdoor adventure, the Tammany Trace is a beautifully scenic rail trail that’s perfect for anyone and everyone.
In 1992, the St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor and paved 31 miles of it, turning railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges and also adding a separate equestrian trail that runs parallel to the Trace in several spots.
Louisiana’s only rail-to-trail conversion attracts countless visitors from all over the state.
This epic 31-mile trail winds through five towns, offering beautiful scenery along the way.
The trail stretches through Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe, before ending in Slidell.
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There are trailheads in each town with water fountains, restrooms, and several restaurants nearby.
Parking is available at every trailhead, so you can begin your adventure wherever you'd like.
The paved trail attracts bikers, cyclists, rollerblades, and runners who want to experience a beautiful hidden gem that winds through the Northshore.
Have you explored the Tammany Trace Trail?
For more information, visit the Tammany Trace website
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