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Sandy Beaches and Nature Trails at Fontainebleau State Park

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Mandeville’s Fontainebleau State Park stretches across 12 miles and encompasses 2,800 acres along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain from Mandeville to Slidell. A long, sandy beach is one of the primary attractions along the shore, and many visitors opt to paddle along the lake or adjoining waterways.

The park borders nearby Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine and is an expansive habitat for the area’s bird species. The park’s nature trails provide opportunities for visitors to hike, take photographs and learn about the park’s flora and fauna using informational signs posted along the paths.

One of the most popular features of the Fontainebleau State Park is the nationally-recognized Tammany Trace, a trail that runs the length of the park creating a paved path for hikers, bikers and skaters. Visitors to the area are able to enjoy live oaks, magnolias and hundreds of species of wildlife that are visible along the trail’s path. From the trailhead within the state park, the trail stretches approximately 15 miles traveling west to Mandeville and 12 miles traveling east to Slidell. In 1999, President Bill Clinton’s White House Millennium Council named the Tammany Trace one of the top 50 “Millennium Legacy Trails” in the nation for its reflection of the essence and spirit of the nation’s states and territories.

Photo Credit: Aquiles Montalvo