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Bicycling / Cycling in Tammany Trace Bike Trail, LaPlace, Louisiana USA

Trail length:
27.5 mi/44.2 km
Trail surface:
Asphalt
Trail category:
Rail - Trail
Trail end points:
Covington to Slidell
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”, relating to a unique variety of sausage.

One cool way to discover the beauty of nature is cycling and the best place to cycle near LaPlace is Tammany Trace Trail. The asphalted trail lies on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain and offers a fascinating scenic ride through five communities of St. Tammany Parish. The causeway was completed in 1960 and before then it was quite cut off from the sway of New Orleans.

Nowadays the parish is growing rapidly. Despite that growth, it is full of wetlands and amazing views. The first trailhead is located in Abita Springs. The route continues south to Mandeville, where it threads a suburban setting with many street crossings. When you pass Mandeville, the trail will lead you southeast through a damp with heavy wetlands climate.

The area there is called the Louisiana of Deep South lore. On your way to Slidell, you will come across several blocks of Lake Pontchartrain, where you should watch out for alligators and the nefarious nutria, a semi-aquatic rodent that’s been gnawing its way through Louisiana since 1930.

The trail ends at the trailhead of Slidell – Carollo. There are future plans to continue the trail to downtown Slidell at the Heritage Park. If you love scenic rides on your two wheels, Tammany Trace Trail is the trail to ride.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Baton Rouge
69.6 miles/112 km, 1 hour
Head south on N 49th St towards Jonah St. Continue onto Jonah St. Turn left onto N 48th St. Turn left onto North St. Take the 2nd right onto N Foster Dr. Take the 1st left onto Florida Blvd. Take the ramp onto US-61 S. Merge onto I-12 E via the ramp to Hammond. Take exit 65 towards Abita Springs. Turn left onto LA-59 N. Turn left onto Koop Rd. Destination will be on the left.
BY CAR FROM Houma
84.5 miles/136 km, 1 hour 35 minutes
Head east on School St towards Barrow St. Take the 1st left onto Barrow St. Take the 2nd right onto Main St. Take the 2nd left onto New Orleans Bridge. Continue onto LA-182 E/New Orleans Blvd. Continue to follow LA-182 E. Merge onto Highway 90 E/US-90 E via the ramp to New Orleans. Take the ramp on the left onto I-310 N. Take exit 1A to merge onto I-10 E towards New Orleans. Take exit 228 towards Mandeville. Merge onto N Causeway Blvd. Continue onto Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. Continue onto N Causeway Blvd. Continue onto US-190 W..Merge onto I-12 E via the ramp to Slidell. Take exit 65 towards Abita Springs. Turn left onto LA-59 N. Turn left onto Koop Rd. Destination will be on the left.
BY AIR
Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport,
42 miles/67.5 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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