Fontainebleau Hiking Trail

Mandeville, Louisiana

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Head on down to the bayou on the Fontainebleau Hiking Trail. This wide, grassy path leads to the grassy marsh of Cane Bayou, with white-tailed deer and gopher tortoises making an occasional appearance on your journey. The path is lined with plenty of wildflowers to keep the botanist, or artist, in you satisfied. Long, flowing Spanish moss drapes the trees along the bayou’s banks, giving the trail that quintessential Southern feel. If you’re looking to find the quintessential image of the Southern outdoors, then look no further than Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana. It’s everything you would expect in the Deep South—dark green bayous, expansive salt marshes, flowing Spanish moss, and lots of hospitality. You might be saying to yourself, “Isn’t Fontainebleau in Paris or a hotel in Miami?” Well, yes, but this park wasn’t named for the hotel.
Hiking the Gulf Coast

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Hiking the Gulf Coast

by Joe Cuhaj (Falcon Guides)

Head on down to the bayou on the Fontainebleau Hiking Trail. This wide, grassy path leads to the grassy marsh of Cane Bayou, with white-tailed deer and gopher tortoises making an occasional appearance on your journey. The path is lined with plenty of wildflowers to keep the botanist, or artist, in you satisfied. Long, flowing Spanish moss drapes the trees along the bayou’s banks, giving the trail that quintessential Southern feel.

If you’re looking to find the quintessential image of the Southern outdoors, then look no further than Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, Louisiana. It’s everything you
would expect in the Deep South—dark green bayous, expansive salt marshes, flowing Spanish moss, and lots of hospitality.
You might be saying to yourself, “Isn’t Fontainebleau in Paris or a hotel in Miami?” Well, yes, but this park wasn’t named for the hotel.

© 2016 Joe Cuhaj/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mandeville
Distance: 5.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Fontainebleau State Park, 62883 LA 1089, Mandeville, LA 70448; (888) 6773668; crt.state.la.us/louisiana-state-parks/parks/fontainebleau-state-park
Local Maps: USGS Mandeville, LA; maps available at entrance station
Driving Directions: Directions to Fontainebleau Hiking Trail

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