Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve


Length: 0.7 miles

Type: Boardwalk | Packed Dirt | Unpaved Road

Difficulty: Easy

Usages: Walking

Location: 30.505916, -89.966137

Map: Preserve Map


Agency: The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana

Contact: website | 225-338-1040 | member@tnc.org

Directions: From I-12 at the Abita Springs/Mandeville Exit (Exit 65, the first exit east of Hwy. 190, Causeway Blvd.) go north on LA Hwy 59 about 5 miles until you get to the town of Abita Springs.  At the traffic circle, take the Level St. exit (1/2 around the circle) which will curve left and turn into La. Hwy 435.  The Abita preserve is approximately 4.5 miles from the traffic circle.  It is just past 2 closely-spaced bridges.  You will see signs on the right with golf names, like Par, Birdie, and Eagle.  The entrance to the preserve is on the left across from Green Street.  If you get to the Abita Springs Golf and Country Club entrance, you have gone too far.


Animals: Not permitted

Water: None

Bathroom: None

Entrance Fee: None

Camping: Not Permitted

Special Notes:

Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve

This 834-acre preserve is home to the beautiful 0.7-mile Pitcher Plant Trail, which offers views of longleaf pine savanna, bayou swamp, and longleaf flatwoods ecosystems. Visitors can see a myriad of wildlife including blue herons, nighthawks, red-bellied woodpeckers, and white-tail deer.

Home to 27 rare and endangered plants and animals, the Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve is a unit of the Southeast Louisiana Pine Wetland Mitigation Bank. Despite being some of the most ecologically diverse habitats, longleaf pine savannas are among the most endangered ecosystems in North America with only 1-5% of original acreage remaining. Preserves such as this one are essential to ensuring the protection and restoration of these highly valuable and extremely beautiful habitats.