The Tammany Trace
Formerly a corridor for the Illinois Central Railroad, The Tammany Trace is now a popular spot for hiking, biking, running and inline skating along this 31-mile paved trail in St. Tammany Parish. Enjoy local eateries and shops near its five trailheads.
Fontainebleau State Park
The 2,800-acre Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, La., offers trails, fishing, beach swimming, and canoe and sailboat launches. Accommodations include a variety of campsites and cabins.
Northlake Nature Center
Explore ancient pines, hardwood forests, a marsh and an active beaver pond at the 400-acre Northlake Nature Center in Mandeville. Self-guided and guided hikes are available.
Honey Island Swamp
Honey Island Swamp in eastern St. Tammany Parish, is a preserved wetland that is home to plentiful wildlife, including alligators, owls, nutria and black bears. Boat tours are available.
Excessive heat and humidity are possible throughout much of the year in southeast Louisiana, and mosquitoes and ticks abound.
Article Written By Beth Wyble Oliver
Beth Wyble Oliver has a master's degree in library and information science and a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from Louisiana State University, and has worked in university, medical, and public libraries. She currently works in children's services at a public library, and has experience as a daycare teacher.