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The St Tammany Trace

Average Rating:    (3.2 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

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.
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Latitude
30.41078179084589
Longitude
-90.1318359375
Trail Directions
All i can remember is find abita springs on a map and get to the center of town there. its just east of Covington, LA. Basically they tore down the old rail road tracks and made it a place to ride and walk.
Trail Length
20 miles one way
Trail Level
Beginner
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Abita Springs
   


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Review Date
October 24, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Brad Henry ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
January 8, 2008

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.33 of 5, 3.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Hotreels10 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
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.



Comments
vwkientz (07/20/2009)
Sorry this rider experienced smell of wet dog along the trail. I ride it often, and have never experienced that smell.
vwkientz (07/20/2009)
Yes, this ride is flat, flat, flat, but it is a rail to trails conservancy project, and not a mountain trail. And so sorry, we don't have any hills or mountains in the southern plains region of the United States. But it is a nice ride, on the sedate side, and the crossings are limited, except in the city areas - because this used to be a rail line. If you would like a nice ride for recreation, relaxation or exercise, then this is an excellent choice.
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Review Date
May 3, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: SammyXp ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
For Mountain Biking - Bethel Trails in Biloxi, MS.



Comments
vwkientz (07/20/2009)
And the trail is also rather nice, especially in the early morning hours, when many birds are swooping across the trail. It is 31 miles from Covington to Slidell, and has that many bridges crossing the bayous and little streams.
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Review Date
October 13, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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1.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Bikehiker ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.



Comments
vwkientz (07/20/2009)
Good news about the bridge over the bayou in Lacombe. The bridge has now been fixed and is now operational, so that bike riders can cross over safely and easily.
Also most of the trailheads, and the UCM museum in Abita Springs generally have maps of the Trace available.
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Review Date
September 15, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: jdf ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
There are none. Hooper Road in Baton Rouge and Homochitto National Park in Miss.



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