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Exploring the Tammany Trace

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people explore the scenic Tammany Trace. The Tammany Trace is part of the National Rail-Trail Network and is the first and only of Louisiana’s trails to be part of this network. The 31-mile area is a corridor that includes recreational trails, equestrian routes, parks and picnic areas. Spanning over 30 miles, crossing over five communities and serving 290,000 pedestrians, bicyclists, rollerbladers, runners and equestrians, the Trace is a remarkable trail that is traveled on a regular basis.

What is the Tammany Trace Like?
Whether you choose to visit the Trace once a year or use the trail regularly, there are a number of things to explore. The Trace is a wildlife conservation area and educational learning center that caters to children and adults. There are five historic communities – Abita Springs, Covington, Mandeville, Lacombe and Slidell - that the Trace winds through, making it possible to connect with these communities by means of parks and public facilities.

The Trace also winds through residential areas so that those living in the surrounding communities can have a safe and scenic route to travel to work or school. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the bayous, rivers and streams that run alongside various railroad bridges. These are just a few of the reasons why the Tammany Trace is the top-rated Rail-Trail and has been government-owned since 1992.

What are the Stops Along the Tammany Trace?
There are several stops along the Tammany Trace: Covington, Abita Springs, Tammany Trace Headquarters, Mandeville, Fountainbleau State Park, Lacombe, Slidell, Camp Salmen and downtown Slidell.

Each stop offers its own unique surroundings that travelers can enjoy. For example, in Covington, there is a clock tower, shaded audience area, water fountains and a bandstand. In Abita Springs, there is a children’s playground, museum, restaurants and art galleries. Tammany Trace Headquarters is especially fun for the kids and has the Kids Konnection playground, holiday lights during Christmastime, Kids Town and an amphitheater. The other stops have picnic benches, playground areas, group pavilions and nature centers.

Kids Konnection: A Playground for Everyone
Kids Konnection is a playground that is open seven days a week and available for children of all ages and abilities. There was a time when children with limited mobility couldn’t play on playgrounds, but thanks to playgrounds like Kids Konnection, this is now made possible. The park has handicap parking and handicap-accessible bathrooms, as well as a variety of equipment that children with special needs can enjoy. Volunteers regularly donate their time and effort to raise money for the park.

To learn more about Tammany Trace, visit www.tammanytrace.org.

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