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Quad Biking in Bonnet Carre Spillway, LaPlace, Louisiana USA

Terrain size:
1 mi² / 2.6 km²
Trail length:
20 mi / 32.1 km
Elevation:
20 ft / 6 m
Features:
Mud, clay, sand, swamp
Fee / limitations:
No / Yes
LaPlace is a city situated in St. John the Baptist Parish, along the east bank of the Mississippi River, in the Metropolitan area of New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The city is also a census – designated place (CDP), nicknamed the “Andouille Capital of the World”, referring to a unique variety of sausage.

Near LaPlace, an awesome ATV area, owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is becoming very popular among quad bikers. Bonnet Carre Spillway has over 400000 visitors each year, enjoying the spillway. It is a huge area of 850 ac/3.4 km², containing 1 mi²/2.6 km² of terrain with 20 mi/32.1 km of trails, ready to welcome you and your quad bike.

The trails are maintained by the South Louisiana Trailblazers and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The swamp-type terrain has an elevation of approximately 20 ft/6 m and mainly consists of sand and clay and it can get really muddy during wet weather.

The trails are mostly suitable for amateurs, as most of them are smooth and fast and there are also a few rough trails for experts. The ATV area opens all year long during daytime only and there is no entrance or riding fee. Camping is permitted only at the Saint Charles Parish Recreation Pavilion Area.

There is no camping fee, but a permit is required, which can be obtained by calling 001 – 985 – 783 – 5090. There are some limitations, in order to use the trail system. There is a 90 db noise limit and an end cap or spark arresting silencer are mandatory for all vehicles. It is highly recommended to spend at least a full day, in order to enjoy the trails and discover all the hidden mud treasures.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Lafayette
112 miles / 180 km, 1 hour 52 minutes
Head east on W Vermilion St towards S Buchanan St, take the first turning left onto S Buchanan St, slight right towards W 3rd St, turn left on NE Evangeline Throughway, slight right to merge on I-10 E towards Baton Rouge, take exit 209 for US-51 S towards Laplace, turn right onto US-51 S, take the 2nd turning left onto Main St, slight right.
BY CAR FROM Houma
51.6 miles / 83 km, 1 hour 5 minutes
Head east on School St in Barrow St, take the first left turn at Barrow St, take the 2nd turning right on Main St, take the 2nd turning left into New Orleans Bridge, continue to LA-182 E / New Orleans Blvd, continue to follow the LA-182 E, merge onto US-90 E via the ramp road to New Orleans, take the exit on the left towards I-310 N, take exit 2 to enter the US-61 N / E Airline Hwy / Johnson St in Norco, continue to follow the US-61 N / E Airline Hwy, turn right at the Cardinal St, take the first turning left into Matthew Dr, turn left at Main St, slight right.
BY AIR
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport,
15.9 miles / 25.5 km
BY TRAIN

Amtrak serves the entire US. So take an Amtrak train from anywhere in the US and abort in New Orleans Union Passenger Terminal. From there you can take a bus to LaPlace, it is very close to the station.

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