The St Tammany Trace - TRAIL

The St Tammany Trace - Trail, Abita Springs, Louisiana

mostly paved, with some nice trails branching off in places so watch for them. also they let walkers and horseback riders too so sometimes ya goto watch it. but if you want a nice flat place to keep a pace, this would be it. plus the horse trails branch off all over and ther fun too. this is not for the super thrill seeks though.

User Reviews (20)

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Brad Henry   Cross Country Rider [Oct 24, 2012]

I ride the trace every other day and it is wonderful! Those who say it's boring,are probably just boring people!!!

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Kevin   Cross Country Rider [Apr 13, 2010]

I am about to ride this trail for the first time. I am a big fan of rail trails and, contrary to other reviewers, I appreciate the flatness. I enjoy viewing the scenery while riding rather than concentrating on white knuckles. If you to see a different point of view on this trail, visit www.trailsnet.com

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4
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Hotreels10   Weekend Warrior [Jan 08, 2008]

I just started back riding and choosing this trail was not a very good idea to keep me interested in bicycling. It's nicely paved and well maintained and seems to be pretty family oriented and safe. It's also boring! Very boring! Mostly pine trees and under growth, with the exception of a few nice bridges and creeks. Flat! Flat! Flat! There are also a lot of stop signs because of street crossings. Most of the horse trails had tall grass and tons of pine straw, making them impossible to ride. I started in Mandeville and turned around in Covington at the trail end. There is a horrible smell along the trail that smelled like wet dog. There is a nice large map of the trail at a lot of the street crossings that tells you all the rules of the trail, but unfortunately does not give you a reference of your location, so you've got to guess where you are all the time. The highlight of the trip was Abita Springs. A nice little small town, I just wish the Brew Pub had been open. Go early because the traffic can be down right deadly at some of the crossings once it gets later in the day. If you want a very casual, lazy ride with nothing to look at, then this is the trail for you!

Customer Service

You can start in a ton of places. I would advise maybe starting at the caboose just outside of Abita Springs and riding to Abita Springs. Keep it short or you'll be bored.

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Jason   Weekend Warrior [Jan 08, 2008]

I just started back riding and choosing this trail was not a very good idea to keep me interested in bicycling. It's nicely paved and well maintained and seems to be pretty family oriented and safe. It's also boring! Very boring! Mostly pine trees and under growth, with the exception of a few nice bridges and creeks. Flat! Flat! Flat! There are also a lot of stop signs because of street crossings. Most of the horse trails had tall grass and tons of pine straw, making them impossible to ride. I started in Mandeville and turned around in Covington at the trail end. There is a horrible smell along the trail that smelled like wet dog. There is a nice large map of the trail at a lot of the street crossings that tells you all the rules of the trail, but unfortunately does not give you a reference of your location, so you've got to guess where you are all the time. The highlight of the trip was Abita Springs. A nice little small town, I just wish the Brew Pub had been open. Go early because the traffic can be down right deadly at some of the crossings once it gets later in the day. If you want a very casual, lazy ride with nothing to look at, then this is the trail for you!

Customer Service

You can start in a ton of places. I would advise maybe starting at the caboose just outside of Abita Springs and riding to Abita Springs. Keep it short or you'll be bored.

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J. Jones   Downhiller [Oct 02, 2006]

Very nice and safe place to ride. Nice scenes, even though you are passing through neighborhoods, you feel as though you are deep in the woods.

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4
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2
SammyXp   Weekend Warrior [May 03, 2006]

This is one of the nicer rails-to-trails conversions I've seen. Landscape is nice enough to keep the miles interesting as they tick away. Grade is obviously level (thus the converted railbed) so your aerobic workout is as hard as you make it. You won't find this many miles of smooth pavement any where else around here that is free of traffic where you can ride in peace and safety.

Customer Service

I usually start in Slidell/Covington - stop for ice cream or an engergy drink right next to the bike shop (where you can also rent bikes).
Stop at Tammany Caboose - restrooms, picnic tables, water.
Turn around at Abita Springs - I love to grab some fresh fruit from the market, and then bring it to the park across the street where I can refill my bottles from the Abita Spring.
Back to Slidell.

Similar Products Used: For Mountain Biking - Bethel Trails in Biloxi, MS.
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4
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3
Bikehiker   Weekend Warrior [Oct 13, 2003]

This is the first time that the boys and rode this trail. It sure is flat. Great beginning ride for the youngest. The wildlife and gators kept the oldest busy. Me. well I was enjoying the the ride. We started at the T-head in Mandleville and rode east. The paved route was quite relaxing. I became very disappointed when at a river in LaCombe we had to stop because of a drawbridge which was in the open position. A couple of local riders inform us that this has been like this for a while. Its left open so the sail boats can get through. But, what about the bikes? Don't I have the same right also. why can there be a volunteer operator to work the bridge? Keep everyone happy. Any way we headed back to the truck. Next time I will return and That time I WILL BE READY. A couple of well posted maps might also be helpful around and about the trail.

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2
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1
jdf   Weekend Warrior [Sep 15, 2003]

The trace itself is flat and paved as mentioned but still a nice, relaxing ride. So you have to IMPROVISE! The horse trails that branch off the the sides and then run parallel to the Trace can be fun. From Abita to Mandeville is a pretty wet area though so they hold a lot of water and get pretty muddy in places. Spider Trail: I call it this because there are always spiders stretched across the path for some reason. About 5 miles from Abita Springs, just before you get to Hwy 59 there is a bridge that crosses a small creek. There is a steep trail just next to the bridge that leads to some singletrack and four-wheeler trails that follow that creek and run through some woods back there. Zero elevation but some technical, twisty trails.

Customer Service

I usually start in Abita Springs (park at the Brew Pub which is a good place be at the end of your ride). Ride south on the Trace toward Mandeville, hit a few horse trails, ride the "spider trail" jump back on the trace and crank it back to Abita for some good cardio.

Similar Products Used: There are none. Hooper Road in Baton Rouge and Homochitto National Park in Miss.
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3
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3
Herbert Talley   [Mar 23, 1999]

good to keep a pace and get some exercise. besides that there are a few trails steming off to ride but most are short.

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dave   [Jul 19, 1999]

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Similar Products Used: real boring, only a few off road trails-mostly paved
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