The Tammany Trace

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  1. Velotour

    Velotour New Member

    Sep 14, 2006
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    Just in case nobody knows about this trail it is called the Tammany Trace. It runs a long way east and west between Slidell, Louisiana and another city. You can google it for details. I have used it twice. It runs parallel to Highway 190. It is about as good as any dedicated hiking/ biking, roller blading pathway can be.

    The dream is to have such a pathway going entirely acoss the USA from east to west/ west to east.

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    Tammany Trace

    Nowadays it would be hard to image St. Tammany without a Trace. The former railroad track, now a nature-filled pathway, gracefully twists and bends its way from Slidell to Covington, linking the parish from east to west. For some it's become a daily exercise route. For others it's an emotional ritual. For the rest it's just plain outdoor fun.

    Although it has been embraced by Mother Nature and blends seamlessly with its surroundings, the Tammany Trace did not actually come to be until little more than a decade ago. St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis is known as the Father of the Trace. As a police juror he spearheaded efforts to convert the former Illinois Central Railroad corridor into one of the White House Millennium Council’s 50 national “Millennium Legacy Trails.” His commitment to the Trace continues today with continual additions and improvements made along the route.

    Once an overgrown, abandoned track, the Trace is now a 31-mile, multi-purpose public path, winding through live oaks, magnolias and loblolly pines. The 10-foot wide asphalted path includes areas of up to 200 feet of greenspace buffer. A total of 31 bridges, built on original railroad trestles, provide perfect vantage points for viewing the region’s natural habitat, bayous, streams and rivers.

    Louisiana’s first and only rails-to-trails conversion, the Trace is a wildlife conservation corridor linking parks, historic landmarks and wetlands. It connects the communities of Slidell, Abita Springs, Covington, Mandeville and Lacombe.

    A favorite for those who enjoy biking, jogging, running, walking or strolling, the Trace’s asphalted surface also makes it attractive to those traveling via skates and wheelchairs. In addition, portions of the route feature a parallel equestrian trail.

    The Trace resurrected three main Trailheads along the route. The Carollo Trailhead in Slidell, the Mandeville Trailhead near the lakefront and the Tammany Trace Trailhead located further north in Mandeville all individually sponsor events throughout the year. For more information check out