Fontainebleau State Park
|Fountainebleau State Park|
Live oak tree draped with Spanish moss
|Location||St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States|
|Area||2,800 acres (11 km2; 4.4 sq mi)|
|Governing body||Louisiana Office of State Parks|
Fontainebleau State Park is located in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The park is 2,800 acres (1,100 ha) in size and was once the site of a sugar cane plantation and brickyard operated by Bernard de Marigny and later by his son Antoine James de Marigny. The park has a multitude of habitats for birds.
The visitor center highlights the history of the land which was once owned by the wealthy Bernard de Marigny (1785–1868) of New Orleans and founder of Mandeville, which lies directly to the west of Fontainebleau Park. Marigny operated a sugar mill that was built in 1829. He named his large holding Fontainebleau after the beautiful forest near Paris, France.
Fontainebleau State Park is surrounded on three sides by water: Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Cane, and Bayou Castine. The state originally named the park Tchefuncte State Park and Conservation Reservation, after the Tchefuncte River.
- 12 cabins; six are handicapped-accessible including two that are ADA-compliant.
- 163 RV and tenting campsites, many with utilities
- Comfort stations with showers
- Three group camps and a lodge
Day use facilities
- A 4.8-mile (7.7 km) hiking trail.
- A 1.2-mile (1.9 km) nature trail. The nature trail includes a boardwalk into the marsh.
- Picnic area and playground.
- Beach, fishing pond, and fishing pier.
- Visitor center with museum displays, interpretive programs, and gift shop.
- The Tammany Trace crosses Fontainebleau State Park. This is a rail-trail conversion of the old Illinois Central corridor, and is a 31 miles (50 km) paved trail for hiking, inline skating, and bicycling, with a parallel equestrian trail.
- "Fontainebleau State Park - Louisiana Office of State Parks". Louisiana Department Of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
- Nixon Adams. "Northshore Conifer - It Is What It Was". Northshore Conifer. Retrieved 18 March 2011.
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