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Pedals and Paddles Recipe
The Tammany Trace is a 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion hike and bike path that ribbons through the parish from Covington to Slidell. You can go the distance or choose destinations along the way.
You'll ride through Abita where you can explore the town's new Trailhead Museum and tourist park, and on into Covington, all the way through its new Trailhead, before heading back toward Mandeville.Need something to ride? Rent bikes and skateboards at Brooks' Bike Shop, just one block from the Covington Trailhead, or if in Mandeville, grab a cool treat and one of dozens of new bikes from Shiver Shack Snowballs & Bike Rental. Or...
The Trace takes you through old Mandeville and Fontainebleau State Park, a lovely green space on Lake Pontchartrain. Continue on to Lacombe and Big Branch Wildlife Preserve, going all the way to Slidell if you're up for the ride.
If you've worked up an appetite, hit the fun and casual Louie and the Redhead Lady in Mandeville, for lunch specials, salads and poboys. Eat lighter at the Good Earth Market and Café.
Explore the Northlake Nature Center and its boardwalk over Castine Bayou; or visit Fontainebleau and Big Branch if you missed them during your morning ride.
Feel like getting onto the water? ? There are numerous accessible put-in spots for kayaks and canoes, including at the lake, Bayou Cane and Bayou Lacombe. Bayou Adventure in Lacombe rents kayaks and bikes, or you can try your hand (and feet) at stand up paddling with gear at Bayou Paddle Company, located inside The Spokesman Professional Bicycle Works in Mandeville.
Sunset on the seawall
Catch a glorious sunset from the Mandeville lakefront before dinner at Rip's on the Lakeor The Lakehouse, local favorites offering Louisiana flavor, al fresco dining and a great lake view. Or for a drink and a sausage-and-cheese platter, head to the The Barley Oak's “Biergarten” for over 150 brews from around the world.
If you go...
Tammany Trace, 985-867-9490, www.tammanytrace.org
Brooks' Bike Shop, 985-237-3658
Shiver Shack Snowballs, 985-246-9595
Fontainebleau State Park, 985-624-4443/(888) 677-3668, http://www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iFontaine.aspx
Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, 985-882-2000, www.bigbranchmarsh.fws.gov
Louie and the Redh&& Café, 985-674-4329, www.goodearthmarket.net
Northlake Nature Center, 985-626-1238, www.northlakenature.org
Bayou Adventure, 985-882-9208, www.bayouadventure.com
Bayou Paddle Company, 985-966-7978
Rip's on the Lake, 985-727-2829
The Lakehouse, 985-626-3006, www.lakehousecuisine.com
The Barley Oak, 985-727-7420, www.thebarleyoak.com
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