Abundant natural beauty and a plethora of activities are the ingredients for an outdoor paradise. Louisiana's many state parks and recreational sites offer campers the perfect way to interact with Louisiana's natural beauty. Whether you are looking for the ideal spot along that lovely stream to set up camp, or you prefer the comfort of a cozy cabin with all the amenities, you'll find plenty of options. You'll find many excellent RV parks as well. For daytime activities, take your pick of hiking, biking, boating, fishing, canoeing, birding, swimming or many other choices. Louisiana campgrounds offer fun for the whole family.
Mandeville is where the urban meets the natural. Founded in 1834 by the Marigny de Mandeville family of New Orleans, it developed early on as a lakeside summer resort for wealthy denizens of the Crescent City. This remains in evidence in the older quarters of the city, and in some of its key historic properties that are found on Lakeshore Drive. In the 1950s, Mandeville was connected to the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain via the Causeway, the longest bridge in the world. To complement its well-established, wooded suburbs, Mandeville offers a full complement of upscale amenities. These include fine dining establishments, shops and day spas – the perfect for unwinding after a visit to New Orleans. At the edge of town, Fontainebleau State Park offers cabins and campsites with plenty of diversion for nature lovers. It also connects to the Tammany Trace, a leafy, 31-mile trail that bicyclers find exhilarating.