Wildlife lovers can enjoy this spot all year.
The Northlake Nature Center east of Mandeville offers a little slice of coastal Louisiana in an unlikely spot.
Walking trails wind from a cypress swamp and through a piney, forested wetland. The center, on U.S. 190 across from Fontainebleau State Park, is open 365 days a year from sunrise to sunset at no cost to visitors. Wildlife lovers will spot egrets, herons, turtles and the occasional alligator.
Each spring, the spot hosts the Great Louisiana BirdFest where visitors can participate in birding trips and workshops.
Visit the website for more information about the Northlake Nature Center and to register for BirdFest.
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