This 31-mile rails-to-trails conversion meanders through lovely wooded areas and links five St. Tammany towns. Run, walk, cycle, rollerblade or even bring your horse. The path offers all who traverse it a way to experience both the towns and the natural beauty that so enhance the quality of life on the Northshore.
Beginning October 19, 2020, a portion of the Tammany Trace in Mandeville is closed from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. This closure is expected to last for approximately 265 days due to the construction overhead as well as equipment staging. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.
Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Trace now is an earth-friendly hike and bike trail stretching from downtown Covington, through Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe and ending in Slidell. In 2017, the Tammany Trace was inducted into the Rails-to-Trails Hall of Fame.
There are numerous entry spots for the Trace - most communities have their own trailheads with an information/interpretive center, restrooms, a shady place to rest and nearby restaurants and shopping. The official trailhead is located on Koop Drive off Highway 59, at the end of the St. Tammany Parish Administrative Complex. A green caboose serves as the information and souvenir center and ranger office for the Trace. Also here are restrooms, water fountains, a pavilion, the Kids Konnection playground and picnic tables.
The Covington Trailhead is located at the intersection of New Hampshire and East Lockwood streets. The Abita Springs trailhead is in the heart of town as part of the Abita Springs Tourist Park, where you'll find an historic pavilion and a small museum. The Mandeville Trailhead features a Cultural Interpretive Center adjacent to the path, amphitheater for live music performances and the Mandeville Community Market on Saturday mornings. The trail ends (or begins, depending on where you start) at the Slidell/Carollo Trailhead on Highway 190 (Gause Blvd.) where you'll find parking, information, restrooms and nearby restaurants and shopping.
The Tammany Trace is open year-round from daylight to dark. It is closed to motorized traffic except for authorized emergency vehicles and park rangers who patrol its length. **Beginning Monday, October 19, 2020, from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge — to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop — approximately 560 feet. This closure is expected to last for approximately 265 days due to the construction by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development on the widening of I-12 overhead, as well as equipment staging. Once the closure begins, patrons will be unable to ride all the way through on the Trace. There will be a disconnect in the closure area, and no detour. People who wish to access the portion of the Trace south of the closure can park in the lot adjacent to the Tammany Trace on Dove Park Road, and access the Tammany Trace there. People wishing to access the Trace north of the closure can park at the Koop Drive Trailhead and access the Trace there. Patrons will have access to the Tammany Trace at Dove Park, and at the Koop Drive Trailhead, however, there will be no access between these two points on the Trace.** Sections of the Trace close for maintenance; check status of the trail on the Tammany Trace website.
Sorry, no pets permitted. Check out our separate listing of parks just for your dog, and dog-friendly eateries and attractions.