Take a stroll through a mini Bellingrath Garden equipped with 440 planted mature azaleas, a five-acre garden trail network bordering a bayou for spectacular view and birding. Relax and enjoy sipping tea as you take in the beauty of the landscape of this private estate.
Optional: take a leisurely paddle through Bayou Lacombe with Canoe and Trail Adventures in the afternoon as you prop your binoculars and camera to view the beautiful view of swarming birds that frequent the tasty delights within the bayou. Registration and details for the 23rd annual spectacular event will be posted on the website.
The Northlake Nature Center (NNC) is located on U.S. Hwy. 190 across from Fontainebleau State Park, on Bayou Castine, just a few minutes east of Mandeville. NNC is a non-profit organization that provides nature related educational programs for school groups, Scouts, and the general public. It offers over seven miles of hiking trails for self-guided tours and a canoe launch free for public use.
Habitats and features at the Nature Center site include a grove of giant southern magnolias, Cypress/gum swamp, and a beaver pond on Bayou Castine where you may see wood ducks, migrant warblers, wild turkeys and numerous species of songbirds.