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The 2,800-acre park stretches along the shore of Lake Pontchartrain and offers lovely views, along with a sandy beach. The 31-mile Tammany Trace also runs through the park, offering easy access for cyclists from neighboring communities such as Mandeville and Lacombe. Other trails in the park include a 1.25-mile nature trail with interpretive signs to help you identify common trees and shrubs./p>

Bordered by the lake, Bayou Cane and Bayou Castine, the park encompasses diverse ecosystems and offers a rich habitat for birds. The “Fontainebleau Birding Guide” is a good resource for identifying numerous species of birds. You can also explore the crumbling brick ruins of a sugar mill built in 1829 by Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, founder of the nearby town of Mandeville, He named his large land holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, a favorite recreation area of the French kings. See Fontainebleau State Park or call 985-624-4443 or 888-677-3668.