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The 17th Street Canal occupies an important position in the Greater New Orleans area. It forms the boundary between the City of New Orleans and its neighbor to the west, Metairie in Jefferson Parish. It's also the largest and most important drainage canal for the city. Earthen levees with grassy sides hem it in, with a concrete wall at the top to contain the water. Right on the top of the west levee, adjacent to the I-wall sits this walking and biking path. The trail parallels the canal waterway from near the pumping station at the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain down to I-10.The tall wall obscures the water but you can catch a glimpse of it from the Veterans Memorial Highway bridge.
The trail ends on a service road just north of I-10 but another trail named for the interstate, continues seamlessly from there. The I-10 trail winds underneath the roadway to the other side, where it ends. Combined with the I-10 Trail, the you can travel a total of about 2.8 miles one way.
Thanks to its proximity to houses and industries near the canal, this trail is suited to local residents who are looking for a place to stretch their legs or walk their dogs.
There is no designated parking for this trail.
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