Touring Honey Island Swamp, one of many ways to explore Slidell and surrounding Northshore communities
Flyboarding on the lake
Scouting for birds at Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Lacombe
View from the Tammany Trace hike and bike trail
Big Fun Brass Band performs in a parade
One of Bayou Paddle Co.’s stand up paddleboarders near Madisonville
Deep in the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge
An art fan considers Covington’s vibrant works
A meet-and-greet at Global Wildlife Center in Folsom
Taking a rest from kayak fishing at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville
More to explore on the Northshore
Once a getaway spot for wealthy 19th-century New Orleans residents who came to escape the heat of the city, St. Tammany Parish is home to fun attractions, inventive restaurants and verdant expanses of the great outdoors, making Slidell and the surrounding Northshore communities the perfect place to play. Slidell, on the eastern edge of the parish, offers a vibrant arts scene, family friendly attractions and the pristine Honey Island Swamp.
As you travel west through St. Tammany, you’ll find Lacombe adjacent to Big Branch Marsh Wildlife Reserve, a great place to experience the Northshore’s natural beauty. Abita Springs is quirky, artsy and full of positive energy. Mandeville offers views of Lake Pontchartrain and ancient oaks, fun shopping and bed-and-breakfast inns. Covington is a charming town with great restaurants and shopping, and a lovely historic district. Madisonville on the Tchefuncte River celebrates maritime history with its Wooden Boat Festival and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum.
There are about 32,400 hectares of national wildlife refuge set aside on the Northshore, including Big Branch Marsh and the Northlake Nature Center on Bayou Castine. Kayakers find easy access points along many of the bayous and rivers and on Lake Pontchartrain, with Bayou Cane being a popular launching point. I