About the Tammany Trace
History of the Trace
In the early days, the railroad was the lifeblood of St. Tammany Parish. Today, this spur is an extremely popular recreation, transportation and educational corridor. Now called The Tammany Trace, it is Louisiana's first and only rails-to-trails conversion. This multi-purpose public path, created from the Illinois Central Railroad corridor, meanders through loblolly pines, live oaks, and magnolias from Slidell to Covington, Louisiana.
"The White House Millennium Council chose The Tammany Trace as one of 50 Millennium Legacy Trails."
Like our first explorers, you can crisscross urban, suburban and rural St. Tammany on foot, skates, bicycles, and horses and in wheelchairs. This 31-mile asphalted trail and parallel equestrian trail connects five communities--Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe, and Slidell.
The Trace, as locals call it, also serves as a wildlife conservation corridor, linking isolated parks, creating greenways, and preserving historic landmarks and wetlands. You can observe the natural habitat, bayous, streams and rivers from the vantage point of 31 bridges built on the original railroad trestles.
Experience the Tammany Trace
The community is diverse yet connected by the Trace and a bountiful heritage that makes it uniquely the North Shore. There are many ways you can get involved.
The St. Tammany Parish government purchased the abandoned Illinois Central Railroad corridor on December 20, 1992. With the help of grants and federal dollars, the St. Tammany Parish goverment has asphalted 31 miles, remodeled railroad trestles into pedestrian bridges and maintained the Trace.
Support the Trace
Even though the St. Tammany Parish government has provided the staff and funds to make the Trace what it is today, the Tammany Trace Foundation was formed to serve as a fund raising board for the Trace. The Tammany Trace Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation that raises funds for continued improvement and expansion of The Tammany Trace. The Foundation hosts the annual Holiday of Lights, numerous walks, rides and various events to help fund Trace activities.
We're always looking for volunteers and donations.
Tammany Trace Foundation (all volunteer board)
Bruce Wainer, President
Antonio "Tony" LeMón, Vice-President
Ted Brandon, Secretary
Trace Rangers, who ensure the safety of all Trace users, are available to answer questions and be of assistance on the Trace daily from sunrise to sunset. Rangers have the only authorized use of motorized vehicles on the Trace.
Ranger duties are as follows:
- Provide the public with information, directions and guidance
- Patrol the Trace
- Performs regular safety inspections of the trail
For more information on becoming a Tammany Trace Ranger or volunteering, contact the Tammany Trace office.