Pitcher Plant Boardwalk in Abita Springs

The Pitcher Plant Trail Boardwalk at The Nature Conservancy’s Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve opened in May, 2004. The boardwalk is approximately 1200 feet long and provides daytime viewing of special wetland habitat types such as scenic longleaf pine savanna and bayhead swamp. Trail and boardwalk combined is 0.7 miles long. The habitat types present support numerous rare and uncommon species of animals and plants, such as the yellow pitcher plant, a carnivorous or bug-eating plant, for which the trail is named.  
Pitcher Plant Trail Boardwalk
Pitcher Plant Trail Boardwalk

Ann O'Brien and Andrew Preble
Abita Springs residents, Ann O'Brien and Andrew Preble enjoying the boardwalk.

 

Many pitcher plants can be seen from the boardwalk as well as other carnivorous plants and dozens of types of wildflowers, grasses and sedges. Ten educational stations are present along the boardwalk with interpretive information about the flora, habitat types and their management, such as the important use of prescribed fire.

 

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The Pitcher Plant Trail Boardwalk was designed and supervised by Larry Burch, with assistance from Bill Rivers, both with the Conservancy. It was built almost entirely by volunteers during hundreds of hours over a span of 3 years. The project could not have been completed without a dedicated group of retired men from Baton Rouge, lovingly called the “Chainsaw Gang”. Lumber was provided through several grants, including those from Entergy, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, ChevronTexaco, and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

The Pitcher Plant Boardwalk Trail is located about 5 miles northeast of Abita Springs on LA Highway 435, about one mile west of Money Hill. The entrance is across from Green Street.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have helped preserve approximately 100 million acres worldwide, including nearly 30,000 in St. Tammany Parish! To find out more about our work in Louisiana visit them on the Web at http://nature.org.

 
Pitcher Plants
Sone of the many beautiful pitcher plants

Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve
A creek runs through the preserve
Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve
Cleared grassy area
 


Directions to Abita Creek Flatwoods 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 red light (there is only one) go straight. This is Level St. which turns into La. Hwy 435. From the red light, go about 4.5 miles to the Abita preserve. It is just past 2 closely-spaced bridges. You will see signs on the right with golf names, like Par, Birdie, and Eagle. The entrance to the preserve is on the left across from Green Street. If you get to the Abita Springs Golf and Country Club entrance, you have gone too far.

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A home for turtles and frogs
Home for turtles and frogs

 

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