Bonnet Carre Spillway - Trail, Norco, Louisiana

Bonnet Carre Spillway - Trail, Norco, Louisiana

DESCRIPTION

There is one main loop connected with the original ATV trail and new sections that have been branched out. There are directional arrows and "flagging" which are intended to direct the rider in a clockwise direction. The very first loop is designed for beginners and is very easy riding - as you go farther in, the trails become more technical, however there are no obstacles that are impassible by even the most inexperienced rider. Please be mindful of other slower trail users and call out or ring a bell when approaching blind corners or intersections. Currently, one complete loop is approximately 4.5 miles. Future plans to cut new trail are in progress - the trail has potential to grow into 12+ mile system. For further trail or club information please contact Stu at Contact email is [email protected] | New website is: www.nomambo.net

more trail details can be found here: http://www.nomambo.net/?page_id=6

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 20, 2014]
jed
Weekend Warrior

Nice, but watch out for poisonous water moccasins.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
1
[Aug 02, 2013]
PCinSC
Weekend Warrior

Ugh.

Was looking for a short off-road ride while visiting NO in July 2013, This trail was a mess. Neither the website (http://www.nomambo.net/) nor the trailhead kiosk noted that the trail was closed, but it should've been. It was a mudfest

Full disclosure, I only made it five minutes into the woods before a near-faceplant in a disgusting mud puddle convinced me to turn around. There were mutliple trees down in the short section that I rode as well. Once out of the woods I spun for 20 minutes on the gravel road that parallels the spillway to at least get a short workout in.

Maybe I'm an idiot for driving an hour from where I was staying in Slidell to check this trail out (OK, I definitely am an idiot) but I had high hopes. And maybe when the trail is dry and in a positive maintenance cycle it would be a worthwhile trip.

I guess I just wish the trail was better monitored so that visitors and locals alike could ascertain trail status before making the drive over.

Similar Products Used:

Not a MTB trail, but the http://www.tammanytrace.org/ rail-trail is a nice, easy ride stretching from Slidell to Mandeville and then heading north.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jan 25, 2011]
cruzcontrol
Cross Country Rider

A little over 6 miles of mostly flat twistys and technical riding. This trail has a few log overs, skinnys, bridges and nice rhythm. It is well maintained and is as hard as you want to push.

Customer Service

only one route in a loop clockwise. map at the trailhead

Similar Products Used:

comite in baton rouge

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 22, 2009]
wilputman
Weekend Warrior

Short and flat for the most part, lots of fun if riding it fast but not alot to it. For New Orleans area this is about it as far as I know. Its set up well and its maintained well. Several areas have wood structurs that make it more challenging. We enjoyed it and will keep riding it as long as im in the area.

Customer Service

Clock wise only, follow the signs,go left at the concrete pipe jump then turn right on the levee road to finish it up.

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Only trail I have ridden in La so far.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 01, 2009]
Tim
Cross Country Rider

I'm not going to speak negatively about the trail because as far as southeast Louisiana goes, this is the best we have to offer. However, I do take offense to pretentiousness of the mountain biking community of the area. I ride here weekly and I have never even gotten a "what's up" from any of the local riders. It seems to me that nomambo, while industrious and a great organization as far as maintenance of the trail goes, is not very welcoming to newbies. Mountain biking at its heart is really about comraderie and friendship while enjoying nature and going fast. It's not about typical New Orleans snobbery and pretentiousness. It's unfortunate to me that the groups that are supposed to be the most open-minded fall into the same category as those who aren't. I don't care for any of your friendships. I was simply hoping for the same treatment I've received from everywhere else I've ridden(CO, TX, MS). Please stop misrepresenting the mountain biking community with this kind of behavior.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 09, 2009]
ratboy
Cross Country Rider

if you haven't ridden here in awhile, you need to ride it. it is the best shape it has probably ever been in. there have been a bunch of berms added to a few sections that are very fun. also, the trail has been extended by 1 mile.

Customer Service

clockwise

Similar Products Used:

comite, mt. zion, clear springs, butt's park

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 04, 2007]
stumonky
Cross Country Rider

I know it’s easy for riders to come and ride the trail and see no one else there, over-growth of the summer months and think the trail is ‘neglected’ – not even close to say the least. The trail is ridden daily, and on the weekends the traffic is more (especially in the early morning and late evenings).

The trail has fully recovered from Katrina and has been for some time (actually not long after the storm passed the trail was rebuilt).

Like any wooded area in south Louisiana, daily storms and rain keep the trail in its worse condition. There have been several people who have chain sawed fallen trees recently and currently the only thing needed on the trail is peel back the normal summer growth of face-slappers.

In contrast to the previous poster, this trail is well supported by NOMAMBO, please check our website (www.nomambo.com) and our forum before posting uninformed reviews to the status of the trail. If we had as much enthusiasm in workdays as we do in people who complain of the trail in summer months we’d have the cleanest trail ever!

Customer Service

Recently the prefered route is using the last Scramble race route that was held back in April: Begin near the pond in the front of the park (over the triangle grating bridge), when you get tot he first right-of-way cross over to the small bridge acrss the ditch to enter and ride the trail from the left to right or 'clockwise' direction. When return to the same first right-of-way turn towards the levee to climb up the levee to take the shell road back into the park. Approx. 5 miles 1 lap, intermediate riders should be able ride a lap about 30 mins or less.

Mosquitoes are not bad this year (keep your fingers crossed), humidty has been killer so ride early morning or late evening - bring water! Stay on the trail to avoid the abundance of poisonous plants.

Similar Products Used:

If you live here, you should know. If you don't, check with a LBS. Eastbank Cyclery on Esplanade in Metairie are the local experts, ask for Eric.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 04, 2007]
stu
Cross Country Rider

I know it’s easy for riders to come and ride the trail and see no one else there, over-growth of the summer months and think the trail is ‘neglected’ – not even close to say the least. The trail is ridden daily, and on the weekends the traffic is more (especially in the early morning and late evenings).

The trail has fully recovered from Katrina and has been for some time (actually not long after the storm passed the trail was rebuilt).

Like any wooded area in south Louisiana, daily storms and rain keep the trail in its worse condition. There have been several people who have chain sawed fallen trees recently and currently the only thing needed on the trail is peel back the normal summer growth of face-slappers.

In contrast to the previous poster, this trail is well supported by NOMAMBO, please check our website (www.nomambo.com) and our forum before posting uninformed reviews to the status of the trail. If we had as much enthusiasm in workdays as we do in people who complain of the trail in summer months we’d have the cleanest trail ever!

Customer Service

The recent race loop from The Scramble held this past April seems to be the preferred route currently. You enter the trail near the front pond of the park and once you hit the right-of-way cross over tot he grating bridge across the ditch to ride the trail 'clockwise' - when you return to the first right-of-way turn towards the levee and bike up to take the sheel road back into the park. Just under 5 miles.

Mosquitoes aren't bad this year, bud humidity is killer, ride early mornings or late - bring water! Stay on the trail to avoid poisonous plants.

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If you live here you should know, if you don't ask your LBS.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 01, 2007]
gouren
Weekend Warrior

It has been 2 years since anyone has written a review, so I thought it was time to give a review of the trail. It looks like the trail was at one time a fun and well thought out trail, but neglected for a few years. (I am sure due to the effects of Katrina) The first half of the trail (to the teeter totter) was well maintained and easily ridden. But past that point, the trail becomes over grown and had a few trees fallen over the trail.

My family and I relocated from the N.O. area and I would encourage the mountain bike community to try and make an effort to support the trail, it has the potential of being a great place to ride. The entire area is full of things to do for the whole family (fishing, swimming, BBQs ect.) and it is a great place to spend the weekend.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 05, 2005]
GuriellaBrother2
Downhiller

NOMAMBO has gone and done it again! Come see the only working man made teeter totter in South East Louisiana! As of Saturday, June 4th the "Superfly Teeter" made by our local handy man and Norco Gangsta Frogger-X is open and ready to do business! Be looking over the summer and into fall for a new 42" drop, a balance beam section over 40' long, and a "super secret woods run" to be coming to the trail. We're looking to service both the freeride and the racer communities, so come on out to Norco and see what we're up to!

Customer Service

As always, the trail, teeter, balance beams, jumps, berms and drops are all set up for CLOCKWISE RUNNING! Please, don't be a dink and run, walk, crawl or ride it backwards, it messes up the flow.

Similar Products Used:

BR, Clear Springs, la la la

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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