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 (sorry, not pets permitted). 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.
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. Sections of the Trace close for maintenance; check status of the trail on the Tammany Trace website.
**Between October 2020 and July 2021, a portion of the Trace is closed--from the southern edge of the Little Creek bridge to the northern edge of the Koop Drive Loop (approximately 560 feet) due to the construction by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development on the widening of I-12 overhead. 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 and no detour. To access the Trace south of the closure, park in the lot adjacent to the Tammany Trace on Dove Park Road. To access the Trace north of the closure, park at the Koop Drive Trailhead.
Check out our separate listing of parks just for your dog, and dog-friendly eateries and attractions.