Once a getaway spot for wealthy 19th-century New Orleanians, Louisiana Northshore/St. Tammany Parish is a destination with broad appeal. Explore unique attractions, a delectable culinary scene, and verdant expanses of the great outdoors.
St. Tammany Parish’s distinctive communities are packed with personality and charm. You’ll love getting to know artsy Abita Springs, Mandeville-by-the-lake, historic Covington, maritime Madisonville, and Olde Towne Slidell.
About 80,000 acres of wildlife refuge in St. Tammany make it ideal for birdwatching. Kayakers find easy access along many of the bayous, rivers, and on Lake Pontchartrain, and cyclists love the 31-mile Tammany Trace.
Nature lovers explore hiking trails at Camp Salmen Nature Park, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, and Northlake Nature Center.
The Northshore offers sophisticated restaurants with award-winning chefs, mom-and-pop eateries, craft breweries (including Abita), art galleries, and upscale shopping.
Families love guided boat tours of the Honey Island Swamp, holding baby gators at Insta-Gator Ranch & Hatchery, pontoon tours of the Tchefuncte River, an abundance of free festivals and events, and camping at the Northshore’s two waterfront state parks, Fairview-Riverside in Madisonville and Fontainebleau in Mandeville, that also features glamping.
Welcoming accommodations include charming B&Bs, the boutique Southern Hotel, and familiar and convenient brands travelers love.