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NEW ORLEANS PARKS AND RECREATION

Tammany Trace, a Rails-to-Trails Conversion

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Originally a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, the Tammany Trace was converted to a 28-mile paved nature trail stretching from Covington to Slidell with picturesque Louisiana towns like Abita Springs, Mandeville and Lacombe along the way.

Residents access the Trace from numerous trailheads, which allow cyclists, hikers and even horseback riders to follow the trails for miles. The numerous trails also offer scenic views of the bayous, rivers and streams nearby via the 31 bridges constructed throughout the area. Tammany Trace also passes through Fountainbleau State Park for several miles, giving visitors access to another local park.

The KIDS Konnection Playground at the Tammany Trace Trailhead is a popular playground due to its size, location and handicap-friendly equipment. KIDS Konnection incorporates “parallel play” principles in its design, enabling children of different abilities to interact and have fun side by side.

The Mandeville Trailhead offers a children’s splash fountain, nearby restaurants and a Saturday morning community market, as well as other special events hosted in its Cultural and Interpretive Center.