The Tammany Trace is a paved running/biking/skating trail that runs 31 miles through St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. The Trace was created by the parish in 1992 from an abandoned corridor of the Illinois Central Railroad, as part of the nation-wide Rails-to-Trails program.
The Trace has been tremendously beneficial to me over the past 25 years, and this post is to share some of my favorite photos of it.
Starting near the southeast end of the Trace, this bridge spans Bayou Lacombe.
This pond with water lilies is just east of the intersection of the Trace and Johns Road.
Between Johns and Bremerman Roads huge displays of blooming Cherokee Roses are seen in early April.
This bridge spans Cane’s Bayou, which is a popular waterway for kayaking.
Occasionally alligators can be seen in bayous crossed by the Trace. This one was spotted from the bridge over Bayou Castine, near Mandeville.
In May there are several places along the Trace where irises bloom. These are just north of the underpass where the Trace crosses Florida Street in Mandeville.
Further north the Trace runs through Abita Springs, Louisiana, home of Abita Brewing. Their brewpub is right along the Trace, and their brewery is just a bit further west, a few blocks to the north of the Trace.
Another bridge, this one crossing the Bogue Falaya River, on the eastern side of Covington, Louisiana.
A trailhead in Covington is where the Trace reaches its northwest end. Sadly, the Covington Brewhouse, shown in the picture above, is no longer in business.