Within an hours drive
are many more attractions, State Parks, New Orleans and the
Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Fontainebleau State Park (South of I-12 and southeast
of Mandeville on US 190) - Located on 2,800 acres on the north shore
of Lake Pontchartrain, the park offers 130 improved campsites, 180
unimproved campsites, nature trails, 3 group camps, a lodge, a
swimming pool and beach, a playground, and the ruins of a plantation
brickyard and sugar mill situated among an alley of towering oaks.
State Historic Site (Adjacent to "Old Spanish Trail"
US 90 approximately 23 miles east of downtown New Orleans) - This
historic masonry fort was completed in 1827 to defend New Orleans.
Stroll through arched casemates and stand overlooking the Rigolets
as sentries once did, enjoy living history programs, visit the
museum, or picnic at the pavilion.
(Koop Drive, Mandeville) - Thirty-one miles of Louisiana's only
"rails-to-trails" site is open from Mandeville to Abita Springs. It
is a popular spot for bicycles, horses, runners, skaters, and
New Orleans and
the Historic French Quarter Visit downtown New Orleans,
museums, casinos, Aquarium of the Americas, the Riverwalk, or take a
cruise on the Mississippi River.
Museum (French Quarter, New Orleans) - One of New
Orleans' top ten attractions, the State Museum is comprised of the
Cabildo, Presbytere, 1850 House, and the Old U. S. Mint.
State Park (27225 Patterson Road, Springield) -
Located 32 miles east of Baton Rouge off I-12 on 1,200 acres along
three miles of the Tickfaw River, the park offers 14 vacation
cabins, 30 campsites, 20 tent campsites, a group camp, a nature
center and gift shop, picnic tables, pavilions and a canoe launch.
Segnette State Park (7777 Westbank Expressway,
Westwego) - Minutes from New Orleans and situated where woodlands
meet marsh, the park offers 20 waterfront cabins, 98 improved
campsites, a group camp, wave pool, conference center, playgrounds,
picnic tables and pavilions, a large boat launch, and abundant
in Ponchatoula - "America's Antique City."
Wildlife Management Area (2 miles east of Slidell in St.
Tammany Parish) - This 34,896-acre area is managed for wildlife and
includes a cypress-tupelo swamp and hardwoods. Visitors may enjoy
fishing, canoeing, boating, birding, crawfishing, hunting, a nature
walk, and a rifle range.
Bayou Byway Winding through a 13-parish area north of
Lake Pontchartrain, this route takes the visitor to many unique and
popular attractions including Fontainebleau and Fairview-Riverside
National Wildlife Refuge (Off LA 41, north of I-49) -
Boat launches and a canoe trail are avail- able for access to the
refuge. Fishing, hunting, and camp- ing are allowed.
Contact local guides for tours of Honey Island Swamp.
Management Area (2 miles south of Ponchatoula off I-55) -
This area is primarily a cypress- tupelo swamp with a small tract of
fresh marsh. Hunting, birding, and wildlife observation are popular
activities and a boardwalk offers excellent viewing opportunities.