EDITORIAL NOTE: The St. Tammany Police Jury acquired a 31+ mile section of the abandoned Illinois Gulf Railroad
corridor in 1992 through a Federal Grant Purchase. The area has been dedicated to the public for recreational use
and is identified and known as Tammany Trace. It is Louisiana's first Rails to Trails Conversion, and follows the
31+ mile section of the old Illinois Gulf Rail Corridor , connecting Covington, Abita Springs, Mandeville, Lacombe
and Slidell. Out of concern for the safety and well-being of the general public and to insure that the area is
maintained for the purpose intended, it is necessary to establish rules and regulations governing the use of
Prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person, group, or organization to be on or to use
any portion of Tammany Trace that has not been officially opened to the public, unless
express written permission has been obtained from the Parish. Violators will be subject to
prosecution under state trespass laws and subject to all fines and/or imprisonment
As areas are officially opened for public use, same will be posted accordingly.
Tammany Trace is a 31 mile long by approximate 200 feet wide linear park located
between Covington and Slidell, Louisiana, connecting Abita Springs, Mandeville, and
Lacombe to the end points. Tammany Trace is composed of a main trail, a horse trail, and
various other recreational and support facilities. (Ord. No. 94-2024, adopted 07/21/94)
SEC. 16-131.02 Rules and Regulations
The following are the approved rules and regulations established in connection with
Hours of Operation: Daily from 7:00 a.m. to dark.
Please stay on the appropriately marked trails. Pedestrians should stay on the west shoulder or to the right along each side of the trail. Slower traffic should stay to the right in each direction. Passing traffic should notify slower traffic that they are passing either by voice, horn, or bell.
Obey all federal, state, and local traffic laws. Laws will be strictly enforced in accordance with fines associated with violations.
Park only in designated areas. Unauthorized parking is subject to being towed and/or ticketed.
No trespassing on private property.
THE FOLLOWING IS PROHIBITED ON TAMMANY TRACE OR ITS FACILITIES:
. Carrying or discharging of firearms or fireworks
. Use of glass containers
. Pets on main trail
. Unauthorized solicitation
. Swimming, wading or diving
. Unauthorized structures
Only authorized motorized vehicles are allowed on Tammany Trace.
A Coggins test is required for horses using Tammany Trace.
Do not exceed 20 MPH speed limit.
Horses must be kept at a walk in the area designated for horses on the main trail.
Helmets, knee pads, elbow and wrist guards are required for roller bladers.
Helmets are required for off-road biking (when such area has been constructed).
Obey all traffic signs along the trail.
Stay in designated areas only. Stay out of drainage ditches and other such structures not constructed for recreational purposes.
When you see hazard signs and reflective markings on the main trail, these signs denote possible danger areas. Move as close to the center of the trail as traffic will allow.
BRIDGE ETIQUETTE: ROLLER BLADERS YIELD TO CYCLIST; CYCLIST YIELD TO JOGGERS; JOGGERS YIELD TO WALKERS; WALKERS YIELD TO HORSES
Helmets for cyclists and horsemen are strongly recommended and encouraged. Ride at your own risk if no helmet is worn. St. Tammany Parish is not responsible for injuries resulting from lack of proper equipment, improperly maintained equipment, improperly used equipment, or improper or unsafe use of Tammany Trace facilities.
Absolutely no one shall use areas designated either as Under Construction or signed as No Trespassing. These areas are unsafe and are not open to the general public. Further only authorized personnel are allowed to enter these areas.
Tammany Trace is ADA accessible, and St. Tammany Parish encourages use of the Trail by all, regardless of race, creed, sex, ethnic origin or physical impairment.
Commissioned St. Tammany Parish Trace RANGERS ARE EMPOWERED TO PATROL THE TRACE, WRITE, AND ISSUE CITATIONS TO OFFENDERS.
(Ord. No. 94-2024, adopted 07/21/94)
The Tammany Trace corridor was acquired for its best and most necessary use and
benefit as a transportation corridor and to preserve that corridor intact for future
transportation uses. Therefore, those requesting access to/or within the Tammany Trace
corridor shall bear the burden of proof relative to the need for such access. The Tammany
Trace corridor presently is in interim use by the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury as a multiple
use transportation and recreation linear corridor.
The St. Tammany Parish Police Jury shall deny any requests for access which, in its sole
discretion, would adversely affect, or is incompatible to, the Tammany Trace corridor.
D. Minimum Requirements for Access:
In general, access to/or within the Tammany Trace corridor will not be granted. Access
may only be granted in special circumstances where all of the following minimum
requirements are met:
1. It is proven that there is an absolute need for the facility and/or access;
2. It is established and proven that there is no other alternative to the access of the Tammany Trace for such facility and/or access;
3. It is proven that the facility does not interfere with the present or future use of the Tammany Trace corridor; and
4. It is proven that all possible planning has been carried out to minimize adverse and harmful effects to the Tammany Trace corridor which would result from such facility or access thereto.
E. Additional Requirements for Roadways:
1. It is proven that the construction of a service road is not possible to avoid a roadway
crossing or intrusion; and
2. The proposed roadway crossing or intrusion shall be a separated grade crossing allowing the Tammany Trace to remain at grade.
There shall be no exceptions to the minimum requirements for access. However, the
following circumstances may be considered exceptions to the additional requirements for
1. Individual private driveways or farm crossings that access one single family residential
2. A temporary at-grade crossing to allow access until a separated grade structure can be constructed. the granting of a temporary at-grade crossing shall be for a period not to exceed one year.
G. Request for Access:
The access request application may be considered only after the requesting party
completes and submits an application providing information which would allow the St.
Tammany Parish Department of Development to determine the extent and impact of the
access requested. The St. Tammany Parish Police Jury shall establish and may amend,
from time to time, any standards, criteria, guidelines, procedures or forms for receiving,
reviewing and acting on applications for access to/or within the Tammany Trace corridor.
The access request application shall include the following information:
1. Name and address of the applicant and responsible party;
2. A plat indicating the precise location of the requested access and the surrounding area;
3. A statement indicating the nature, purpose and need for the requested access;
4. A statement and plat indicating all other possible ingress and egress including, but not limited to, all roads and servitudes which allow, or may allow, alternatives to the access requested;
5. Approved and completed plans and specifications of the requested access; and
6. An acknowledgment and agreement holding harmless and indemnifying the governing authority, its agencies, servants and employees from any and all liability, of whatever nature or kind, which may arise in connection with the said requested access.
H. Public Notice:
Public notice of access request applications shall conform to the public notice requirements in place for all matters considered by the Planning Commission.
I. Granted Access Requirement:
In the event that the requested access is favorably recommended by the Planning
Commission and approved by the Police Jury, the applicant shall then, prior to effecting
access, enter into a written agreement which shall contain, but not be limited to, the following
1. That the governing authority, its agencies, servants and employees shall be held
harmless and indemnified as set forth above. If deemed necessary, the governing
authority, at its option, may require a policy of insurance insuring the governing
authority against such liability;
2. That the access shall be constructed in conformity with the plans and specifications submitted with the access request application;
3. That the applicant shall provide a warranty letter of credit, or other completion bond, satisfactory to the governing authority, assuring the timely and proper completion of any work or construction done to effect the said access;
4. That the applicant acknowledges that its access is granted subject to any and all rights, titles, interests, servitudes and/or easements which are held, or may be held, by any other entity, person, firm or corporation including, but not limited to, the United States Department of Transportation, the Louisiana Department of Transportation or the Federal Highway Administration. And further, that the applicant specifically waives any and all warranty of title and relieves and releases the governing authority, its agencies, servants and employees from any and all liability, of whatever nature or kind which may arise, or has arisen, in connection therewith;
5. That the applicant shall be responsible for and required to provide maintenance to the land and/or any structure or improvement, appertaining to the access, during the term of the said access;
6. That the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the governing authority shall not, in any fashion, be prohibited from establishing, conducting, operating or maintaining any activity, as may be deemed necessary by the governing authority, to be conducted within the Tammany Trace corridor including, but not limited to, usage beneath, over or across said granted access;
Pursuant to the authority granted by LSA R.S. 47:4311 et seq., that the St. Tammany
Parish Police Jury desires to designate the 31+ linear miles recreational trail between
Covington and Slidell as TAMMANY TRACE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT in
order to encourage preservation, expansion, restoration, improvement, and development of
existing structures along Tammany Trace.
The TAMMANY TRACE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT shall be comprised of
the 31+ linear miles of property situated between Milepost 38.25 near Slidell and Milepost
67.39 near Covington, being the former Illinois Gulf Railroad Corridor, more fully delineated
on the sketch designated as Exhibit A, on file at the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury Office
located in Covington, Louisiana.
St. Tammany Parish Police Jury requests that the Louisiana Department of Economic
Development, Office of Commerce and Industry, and the Governor for the State of Louisiana
approve the creation and establishment of the Tammany Trace Economic Development
District. (Ord. No. 94-2129, adopted 12/15/94)
SECS. 16-132.01- 16-135.99 Reserved.