Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail


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Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail Facts

States: Louisiana
Counties: Jefferson
Length: 12.3 miles
Trail end points: 1628 Carrollton Ave, Metairie and Grandlake Blvd, south of S Lafourche Ct (Kenner)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 10358224

Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail Description

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 and Trail Access

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.

Pontchartrain Lakefront Trail Reviews


Nice trail for walking or biking. Great if you just want to get out and meander along the lake. There are little spots along the way to sit and rest if you need. Very quiet, very safe.

Lovely Ride Along the Lake

This is a well-paved trail that you ride for 24 miles round trip if you start at one end do a turnaround at the other end. It consistently has low traffic and is completely safe. If you need a diversion from looking constantly at the lake, you can take one of the paved access paths over the levee to get a gander at the stately homes overlooking the levee path. The only caveat if you're on a bike is that there is absolutely nothing to block the wind coming off the lake if indeed it is one of those windy days. On one of our hot summer days with the oppressive heat and spirit-crushing humidity, however, some breeze is quite welcome. There are several places to park your car along the trail so access is quite easy. Enjoy!

Great riding trail but no shade or water

The surface is smooth and straight except for crossings of pumping station outlets. Long straight sections allow for plenty of speed if desired. The ride and view is kind of boring as there is just the shore on one side and a levy on the land side. There are portable toilets at the various parking areas. The downside of this trail is no shade or water.

Easy ride, flat, safe, and scenic

Nice trail on the south side of Lake Pontchartrain. Very smooth, flat, and scenic trail overlooking lake. Parked at Bonnabel Boat launch/park. (Close to causeway bridge) Safe and plenty of parking spots. Also has port-a-potties at this location and at Laketown fishing pier next to Treasure Chest Casino. Observed police patrols in all the parks, plus locals walking and running alone. No shade on this trail, but nice breeze off the lake the day we rode. (If you want shade, ride on the north side of the lake-Tammany Trace)



quiet, safe and clean. very impressed! dog friendly, bike friendly, run friendly with amazing views of wildlife and boating.


quiet, safe and clean. very impressed! dog friendly, bike friendly, run friendly with amazing views of wildlife and boating.

Great Trail

Probably the nicest trail in Metro NOLA but absolutely no shade anywhere along the way. Riding alongside lake Ponchatrain makes for a very scenic ride. A little tough in middle of summer, probably much nicer in the fall. Tammany Trace is probably better in summer because it’s mainly shady. Looking forward to riding when the weather gets cooler. Enjoy.

Great landscape. Very safe. Clean.

Great landscape. Very safe. Clean.

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