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Skirting the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans, this multiuse trail stretches 12.3 miles between Grandlake Estates Neighborhood to Bucktown Harbor Marina.
At its western endpoint, the Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail picks up at Grandlake Boulevard's southern dead end on the north side of I-10, opposite the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. Running along the western edge of Kenner, the trail follows the Duncan Canal north to the lake. Curving east, the trail follows the lakeshore to the marina. There are pedestrian/bike bridges over the outfall canals and an underpass beneath Causeway Boulevard. Access the trail at either end and at most of the major north/south streets, like Causeway.
There are a number of short spur trails that provide connections with the neighborhoods along the route. The trail passes by several parks, playgrounds, and water access. Restrooms and other amenities are available at Laketown Park and the Bonnabel Boat Launch. Paved, wide, and flat, the trail is likely accessible for those using mobility devices and easily navigable for families with strollers.
In addition to offering a variety of recreational opportunities, the off-road trail also serves as an alternative transportation link for the surrounding communities. It provides a safe and pleasant route for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate the area while accessing local businesses, schools, and several dining and shopping options.
There is plenty of flora and fauna to admire while on the trail. The lakefront is home to a variety of wildlife, including multiple species of waterfowl. Explore the Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail anytime of day and enjoy stunning views of the water, which are particularly dramatic at sunrise and sunset.
Parking is available at Woodlake Park (11 N Catahoula Ct, Kenner), Laketown Park, Bonnabel Boat Launch, and at the trail's eastern end (1628 Carrollton Ave, Metairie). Visit the TrailLink map for detailed directions.
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