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At this preserve, you can view pine-dominated wetland communities, including longleaf pine savanna, longleaf flatwoods, bayhead, slash pine/pond cypress woodland and riparian forest. You can also see the carnivorous pitcher plant from a boardwalk that runs through portions of the preserve.
St. Tammany Parish
The Nature Conservancy selected this site for its mosaic of high quality, pine-dominated wetland communities.
The Nature Conservancy of Louisiana is restoring the degraded areas of Abita Creek Flatwoods Preserve to high quality savanna by selective timber cutting and prescribed burns. The Conservancy is also conducting intensive research to monitor and document the restoration process.
Twenty-four species of plants considered rare, threatened or endangered by the Louisiana Natural Heritage Program have been located on the tract thus far, and many more are likely to be found. The most notable discovery to date has been the Louisiana Quilwort, a federally endangered species. These plants represent the only officially protected population for this species in Louisiana.
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:
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. 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.