The Northshore is one of those rare places that combine quality of life with accessibility, a progressive business climate with natural beauty, and vibrant culture with community. We know that there’s no place better. Come exceed all expectations on the Northshore. Visit to learn more about this wonderful place.

St. Tammany Parish is comprised of eight distinct cities and townships, all with a unique style and way of life. We recognize that where we live is a jewel to be treasured by residents and visitors alike. We do not take for granted our rivers, lake, the waterfront areas, parks and recreational facilities and shopping areas, to name just a few of the gems of our communities.






The area now known as Abita Springs was home to native Americans as far back as 2,200 years ago. The plentiful game, fish, spring water and ozone air made this area suitable for a comfortable life. In fact, the modern town was built around artesian spring wells that were long believed to have medicinal properties. Today Abita Springs’ charming downtown nestled against the Tammany Trace still invites visitors and residents to gather and enjoy refreshment, relaxation and a breath of fresh air.


Master chefs command the kitchens of restaurants throughout the Northshore. Their flare for creative cuisine complements the comfortable atmosphere found in many of St. Tammany’s well-known restaurants, tucked away in a pine forest or overlooking the water.


St. Tammany Parish hosts a variety of festivals and events throughout the year.
Outdoor Markets Local outdoor markets recall St. Tammany’s heritage as a thriving farm community.


Formerly a railroad line and now a nature-filled pathway, the Tammany Trace is a 28-mile path of graceful twists and bends that connects five communities, linking the parish from east to west.


St. Tammany has a rich artistic heritage and history, and has been home to artists and their endeavors for many years. Today a variety of arts organizations and cultural programs can be found in St. Tammany.






Art, government, nature and commerce converge at the point of three rivers known as Covington. The hub of the Abita, Bogue Falaya and Tchefuncte rivers, Covington became known as the official port of St. Tammany in the late 1800s. Today, it is the seat of St. Tammany Parish government, as well as an artist’s haven boasting eclectic shopping and sidewalk cafes seasoned with turn-of-the-century charm. The city’s well-defined historic business district is comprised of 28 oak-shaded squares with antique ‘ox lots’ that provide off-street parking. Fine art galleries, antique shops, home furnishings stores and boutiques make downtown Covington a unique shopping district offering nostalgic respite and cutting edge flair.

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System-wide scores on standardized tests consistently place St. Tammany students above state and national levels. The system regularly garners recognition for outstanding accomplishments, including accolades from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Science Foundation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Money magazine named it one of the Top 100 systems in the nation’s major metropolitan areas. Please visit the St. Tammany Parish School Board website for more information.


St. Tammany Parish offers many opportunities for higher education and is in close proximity to several major universities as well as community and technical colleges:
Delta College of Arts and Technology
Delgado Community College
Southeastern Louisiana University 
Louisiana State University
Northshore Technical Community College-Sullivan Campus
Loyola University
Northshore Technical Community College
Tulane University
University of New Orleans






Located in the northernmost region of St. Tammany, Folsom offers a small-town lifestyle in the midst of expansive ranches, magnificent country estates and serene riverside retreats. Still a rural community, its rolling terrain supports a flourishing thoroughbred horse industry. Folsom is also the nursery center of Louisiana and home to the Global Wildlife Center, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year.

With an estimated population of 235,000 residents, St. Tammany Parish is managed by a Parish President and Council form of government. Covington is the parish seat.

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St. Tammany Parish offers some of the finest medical facilities in the state, including several full-service hospitals widely recognized for their highly skilled staff members, and state-of-the-art equipment. All offer extensive outpatient services and fully equipped emergency/trauma centers.






In 1834 Bernard Xavier de Marigny de Mandeville bought 5,000 acres and founded the city of Mandeville. The city flourished when wealthy New Orleanians began to build resort communities along its lakefront in the 1800s. Now as the host city of Lake Pontchartrain, this progressive burg strives to make the most of its natural assets, while carefully planning and balancing growth. Sailboats and yachts are regular features on its lakefront horizon. Nearby Fountainebleau State Park offers residents the great outdoors in their own backyard. Upscale shopping districts and some of the best eateries around, make fashionable Mandeville a perfect setting for both stately and modest homes in magnificently designed subdivisions and gated communities.






Home to the nationally recognized Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum and host to the annual Wooden Boat Festival, Madisonville draws nautical devotees from across the country each fall. The town was originally named “Cokie,” derived from the French word “coquille,” which means shell. In 1811 the name of the town was changed to honor President James Madison. Boasting eight buildings on the National Historic Register, Madisonville is a delightful riverfront town situated along the banks of the picturesque Tchefuncte River.