Hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, birdwatching . . . there are myriad ways to explore the Northshore and its many green spaces, parks and nature preserves.
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...
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 on a group paddle down the Bogue Falaya with Bayou Paddle Company.
Catch a glorious sunset from the Mandeville lakefront before dinner at Rip's on the Lake or 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 Barley Oak's “Biergarten” for over 150 brews from around the world.
Hungry for more vacation itineraries? To see them all, click here.