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St. Tammany Parish

Map of St. Tammany ParishSt. Tammany Parish lies in the extreme southeastern corner of Louisiana.  Founded in 1810, its earliest inhabitants were Native Americans, and the first European explorers arrived in the mid-1700s.  After the American Revolution, some emigrants from Georgia, Virginia, and the Carolinas settled in the area through liberal land grants, but the largest influx in population was not until the close of the Civil War in 1865.

In the mid-nineteenth century, it was discovered that the springs around Covington contained medicinal properties and since then it has been a popular health and vacation resort.  The most famous spring, Abita, daily produces and exports thousands of gallons of water.

DOTD Tourism Map of St. Tammany Parish

St. Tammany’s other major industries include shipbuilding, the forestry industry, commercial fishing, nurseries, farming, and livestock.

Less than thirty miles from the New Orleans metropolitan area, St. Tammany also serves a "bedroom community" for commuters.  The construction of a 23.87 mile causeway in 1957, which became the longest highway bridge in the world, made St. Tammany an excellent place to live for those who wanted to escape the city, yet still remain close to it.

In addition to resorts, St. Tammany has a wealth of festivals and events that attract tourists.  The Bluegrass, Crab, Seafood, and Catfish Festivals are held during the summer, while the Water Festival is held in early autumn.  The parish also hosts a Civil War Reenactment in May and Pirouge Races in June.

by Alana A. Carmon

 

Principle Towns

Abita Springs

Covington

Madisonville

Mandeville

Slidell

St. Tammany Parish Tourism Commission

Events and Festivals

A Taste of Covington

Chef Soiree (Covington)

Covington Three Rivers Art Festival

Abita Springs Busker Festival

Abita Springs Opry

Madisonville Wooden Boat Festival

Tchefuncte River Festival (Madisonville)

International Dragon Boat Festival (Madisonville)

St. Tammany Crab Festival (Slidell)

Slidell Heritage Festival

Jazz'n the Vines (Bush)

Northshore Mardi Gras Parades

The Great Louisiana Bird Fest

Louisiana Bicycle Festival

Historic Sites, Plantations & Museums

National Register of Historic Places

Wildlife Preserves

Fairview-Riverside State Park

Fontainebleau State Park

Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge

Pearl River Wildlife Management Area

Lagniappe

St. Tammany Parish Library

St. Tammany Parish Courthouses

LSU AgCenter