Cycling Through Louisiana's Scenic Countryside: Exploring the Tammany Trace

Our 3rd post about great bicycle trails in the USA is in Louisiana and is one that I rode when I toured from Lubbock, Texas to Pensacola, Florida in 2016. The photo here is me on the trail. I was hoping to see an alligator at that stop and even had a game warden chat with me and tell me that a huge one often lies on the bank you can see behind me. This was a really cool trail and the best thing about it was that there were no cars to deal with.

The Tammany Trace is a 31-mile long rail-trail that runs from the town of Covington to the city of Slidell on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Louisiana. The trail is a popular destination for cyclists, walkers, runners, and nature lovers, offering a unique and scenic experience through Louisiana's beautiful countryside.

The Tammany Trace follows the path of an old railroad line that was originally built in the late 1800s. The trail was converted to a multi-use path in the 1990s, and has since become one of the most popular rail-trails in the country.

One of the highlights of the Tammany Trace is the beautiful scenery along the route. The trail passes through several charming towns, including Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, and Lacombe, as well as several parks and natural areas. Along the way, cyclists can enjoy views of lush forests, rolling hills, and picturesque waterways, including the scenic Bayou Lacombe.

The trail is mostly flat and paved, making it suitable for cyclists of all levels and ages. There are several access points along the trail, as well as plenty of parking areas and restrooms. Cyclists can also take advantage of the many amenities along the route, including restaurants, cafes, and shops in the towns along the way.

In addition to the scenic beauty, the Tammany Trace is also known for its cultural and historical attractions. Cyclists can explore the Covington Trailhead Museum, which features exhibits on the history of the railroad and the Tammany Trace, as well as local art and culture. There is also the Abita Brewery, which offers tours and tastings of their famous craft beers.

The Tammany Trace is also a great destination for birdwatching, with several species of birds and other wildlife found along the trail. Cyclists can keep an eye out for egrets, herons, and other waterfowl in the wetlands, as well as songbirds and raptors in the forests.

Overall, the Tammany Trace is a must-visit destination for cyclists looking to explore Louisiana's scenic countryside. With its beautiful scenery, charming towns, and variety of attractions, it offers a unique and memorable experience for riders of all levels and interests.

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