Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve
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Abita Springs, LA 70420
Tel: (225) 338-1040


The Nature Conservancy maintains an interpretive trail/boardwalk, the Pitcher Plant Trail, features a boardwalk crossing unusual longleaf pine savanna habitat, which hosts carnivorous pitcher plants, a bayhead swamp, slash pine/pond cypress woodland and riparian forest. Twenty-four species of plants considered rare, threatened or endangered by the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program have been located on the preserve thus far, and many more are likely to be found.

There is a convenient parking area just off of LA 435 that provides easy access to the trailhead. Abita Creek is open seven days a week during daylight hours. The preserve is suitable for children that are accompanied by an adult.
There are no restroom facilities available on site.

Please review the following visitation guidelines:

  • Dogs and other pets are not permitted.
  • Do not collect, remove, injure, damage, or destroy any plant or animal living or dead, or any artifact or mineral.
  • No hunting, trapping, fishing, or discharge of firearms is allowed.
  • No camping is allowed.
  • Absolutely no fires are allowed, and smoking is not permitted in the preserve.
  • Do not litter.
  • No permanent photography blinds may be constructed. Portable blinds are allowed, but we ask that you remove them when you leave.
  • Do not scatter feed or seed of any kind. Do not use taped calls to attract wildlife.
  • Keep your vehicle locked at all times, and do not leave equipment or valuables in your vehicle. Do not leave equipment unattended anywhere on the preserve.
  • Leave the preserve before darkness falls.
  • Please respect the rights of adjacent landowners. Do not trespass. Do not block neighbor's driveways. Please do not use any entrance other than the one designed for the preserve.

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, just past two closely-spaced bridges. The entrance to the preserve is on the left across from Green Street. If you reach Abita Springs Golf and Country Club entrance, you have gone too far.