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This ride combines the rural roads with a portion of the Tammany Trace, a nice biking, hiking and nature trail. A good place to start is the gazebo at the town center of Abita Springs. There you can pick up the Tammany Trace and head south to Mandeville. Be cautious at the many intersections. Here, you could veer off the trace for a while and head south on Gerard Street to visit “Old Mandeville” and the waterfront. You will find restaurants and other establishments in the area, and you’ll enjoy the view along Lake Pontchartrain.

Back on the trace, you will head east to Fontainebleau State Park. The trail goes through this gorgeous, 2,800-acre park, which offers camping, nature trails and a swimming pool. When you reach Lacombe – home of the excellent Sal & Judy’s restaurant – you will cross Highway 190 and head north, and eventually take a northwesterly turn onto Highway 36 back to Abita Springs. Restaurants in the area include Abita Brew Pub and Abita Springs Café. For more information, visit or call 985-867-9490.