Around the Parish
St. Tammany has always been an attractive and desirable location for those seeking the good life without sacrificing business success. Our parish encompasses 854 square miles and its communities, including Abita Springs, Bush, Covington, Folsom, Lacombe, Madisonville, Mandeville, Pearl River, Slidell, and Sun have something to offer everyone - from urban neighborhoods and small towns, to artists' meccas, to historic villages and panoramic countrysides.
Though the Northshore has much in common with its big neighbor across the lake, St. Tammany Parish is not a suburb, nor a stepchild of New Orleans. Rich in history, culinary heritage, green spaces, and scenic beauty, St. Tammany for more than a century has been where New Orleanians come to get away from the city. Now our charms are being explored by visitors from around the country and the world.
St. Tammany Parish President's Office - (985) 898-2362
Mailing Address: PO Box 628 - Covington, LA 70434
Physical Address: 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville
Once a Choctaw Indian village and a popular retreat for 19th-century New Orleanians, Abita Springs is still a great place to breath deep and relax. Quirky, artsy, and full of positive energy, Abita is home to the eclectic Abita Mystery house at the UCM Museum, the Abita Opry roots music concert series, and Abita Brewing Company, makers of TurboDog and other popular beers. Bike riders, walkers, joggers, skaters, and horseback riders make use of the popular Tammany Trace that passes right through the heart of town. Visitors come to Abita Springs to enjoy the Louisiana Bicycle Festival, the Whole Town Garage Sale, and the fun and funky Krewe of Push Mow Mardi Gras parade.
Abita Springs Town Hall - (985) 892-0711
Mailing Address: PO Box 461 - Abita Springs, LA 70420
Physical Address: 2216 Level St.
Though rural in character, the unincorporated community of Bush just northeast of Covington is home to Pontchartrain Vineyards, which features an Old World tasting room and hosts the Jazz'n the Vines concert series.
As the parish (county) seat of St. Tammany, Covington is a charming city with terrific restaurants and shopping. Stroll the streets of its historic downtown district - Covington was founded in 1813 - for urban pleasures in a visitor-friendly setting. Find galleries, boutiques, and antiques shops, fine and fun dining, nightlife, and even free parking. Catch free concerts riverside and mark your calendar for the Three Rivers Arts Festival held every fall in addition to regular art walks, Mardi Gras parades, the Chef Soiree, Woofstock, and more.
Covington City Hall - (985) 892-1811
Mailing Address: PO Box 778 - Covington, LA 70434
Physical Address: 317 N. Jefferson Ave. - Covington, LA 70433
Quaint and cozy, Folsom is located in the rolling hills and towering pines of northwest St. Tammany Parish. Folsom is horse country and a community well known for its flourishing plant nurseries and beautiful horse farms. The countryside is dotted with exotic animal farms such as emu and ostrich and its character and country charm is cherished and appreciated by residents and visitors alike. Folsom hosts the GALA (Gallop Around Louisiana) horse shows and is home to the Global Wildlife Center.
Folsom Town Hall - (985) 796-5607
Mailing Address: PO Box 609 - Folsom, LA 70437
Physical Address: 82341 Railroad Ave.
An unincorporated village on Lake Pontchartrain and located along Highway 190, once a stagecoach route, Lacombe saw its first Europeans in the early 18th century. The laid back community is know for the Creole observance of All Saints Day, for which descendants of early residents decorate and light graves in the oldest cemeteries. Enjoy fishing and crabbing on Lacombe's Lake Road, visiting the quaint Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine and Lacombe's Heritage Center. Don't skip Lacombe's Crab Cookoff, held in June.
Hugging the banks of the lovely Tchefuncte River, Madisonville is rich in local color and maritime history. Explore that history at the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and learn about efforts to preserve Madisonville's lighthouse, built in 1837. Fish or crab off the public pier on the lakefront -- or just enjoy some of the best seafood anywhere at restaurants such as Morton's, Coffee's Boilin' Pot, or Friends, featuring a deck overlooking the river. Visitors love the Maritime Museum's Wooden Boat Festival, held in the fall, and the Krewe of Tchefuncte Mardi Gras boat parade.
Madisonville Town Hall - (985) 845-7311
Mailing Address: PO Box 160 - Madisonville, LA 70447
Physical Address: 403 St. Frances St.
Named as one of Relocate America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2009 and home to the longest bridge in the world (the 24-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway), Mandeville is located on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. The giant oaks along Mandeville's lakefront are iconic for this old and lovely town. Progressive, yet protective of its heritage and natural beauty, Mandeville offers excellent shopping, fine dining, and a lively good time, as well as a spot to perch on the seawall and watch pelicans glide by. Don't miss the Mandeville Community Market held each Saturday or the Seafood Festival held in July. Check out Ruby's Roadhouse for great music (Rolling Stone called it one of the best roadhouses in the country) and a good time.
Mandeville City Hall - (985) 626-3144
3101 East Causeway Approach - Mandeville, LA 70448
Originally known as Halloo due to loggers calling to each other while working along the river, Pearl River is a booming town determined to retain their small town atmosphere. This town, located just north of Slidell, is home to the beautiful 70,000 acre Honey Island Swamp: miles of beautiful hunting grounds and scenic waterways along the Pearl River and its tributaries. Pearl River is also home to St. Joe Brick, established in 1891, the oldest family brick manufacturer east of the Mississippi River.
Pearl River Town Hall - (985) 863-5800
Mailing Address: PO Box 1270 - Pearl River, LA 70452
Physical Address: 39460 Willis Alley
Located on the eastern edge of St. Tammany and at the intersection of three major interstate highways (I-10, I-12 & I-59), Slidell is the largest municipality in the parish and is brimming with southern hospitality. Slidell flourishes with cultural festivals and boasts a vibrant arts scene, family-friendly attractions, fine dining, natural beauty, and proximity to New Orleans (just 30 minutes away). Olde Towne Slidell is a 10-square-block downtown district of historic buildings, antique and speciality shops, and museums. Be sure to check out the new farmer's market, Camellia Market, held Saturday mornings in Griffith Park. Attend free concerts in Heritage Park and savor Louisiana flavors at great spots such as Palmetto's on Bayou Bonfouca. Antiques-lovers, take note: Olde Towne hosts Slidell's Antique District Street Fair each fall and spring.
Slidell City Hall - (985) 646-4332
Mailing Address: PO Box 828 - Slidell, LA 70459
Physical Address: 2055 Second St.
A small village located in the northeast corner of St. Tammany Parish, Sun is a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing is abundant along the locks and channels of the Pearl River and hunters can gain access to the Bogue Chitto National Wildlife Refuge. For those interested in water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, and tubing, Bogue Chitto Tubing is the place to go to enjoy a lazy day along the Bouge Chitto River.
Sun Village Hall - (985) 886-5500
Mailing Address: PO Box 818 - Sun, LA 70463
Physical Address: 30285 Lock No. 3 Rd.
Community profiles graciously provided by the St. Tammany Parish Tourist and Convention Commission. For additional information on St. Tammany communities and other attractions, please call, click, or visit the Tourist Commission.
Toll Free: 800-634-9443
Local: (985) 892-0520
Visitor Center Locations:
68099 Hwy. 59 - Mandeville, LA 70471 (Main Office)
1101 East Howze Beach Rd. - Slidell, LA 70461 (Located in Bayou Country General Store)