The Tammany Trace — the popular paved cycling and hiking path that follows a narrow, asphalt ribbon through St. Tammany Parish — will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a two-day festival.
Crews broke ground on the multimillion-dollar Lafitte Greenway Bike and Pedestrian path Tuesday.
The two-and-a-half mile bike and jogging trail is built along an old shipping canal and and connects six historic communities from the French Quarter to City Park. New athletic fields and a tree canopy will line the 12-foot-wide pedestrian trail.
In recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving all fees, with the exception of camping, at recreational sites in Kisatchie National Forest on Caney Lakes on the Caney Ranger District and on the Calcasieu Ranger District.
The waiver is effective Saturday, Jan. 19 through Monday, Jan. 21.
Kisatchie National Forest Supervisor Mike Balboni says the waiver comes at a perfect time of the year for camping, hiking, mountain biking and exploring "all the recreational opportunities KNF has to offer."
Civil War-era children's games, a hike to learn which wild plants are edible and animal tracking for kids are among activities planned at Louisiana state parks and historic sites for the second National Kids to Parks Day.
Fourteen state parks and historic sites around Louisiana plan kids' activities on May 19.
It's promoted as a nationwide day of outdoor play, encouraging families to explore the outdoors and their nearby parks.
The National Park Service and the National Park Trust started the event last year.