The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network Project (aka La Boot)

Posted by Heather Haylett on July 10, 2018 in Events

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This ambitious project seeks to connect large and small communities by land and water beginning at the “toe of the boot.” By linking existing and future trails and greenways together, the goal is to create a continuous all-ages and all-abilities walk and bike network for recreation, transportation, and tourism that stretches more than 100 miles between the Mississippi state line and the Louisiana state capitol, Baton Rouge.

The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network is envisioned as a way to connect people to places such as nature and large and small cities. It is one where trails (both off street and on street) are embraced as a vital part of how we celebrate our unique geography and future prosperity. This vision was born out of the hard work that folks have committed to individual trails in their communities and the idea that good trails should be connected to more people.

The concept was developed in coordination with folks who joined forces earlier this year one evening at a bar to envision the future of trails in the New Orleans region. The “bootlace” network is a way of seeing the potential of Louisiana, as a boot-shaped state, tying together the existing trail network with other new and exciting trail concepts that benefit more people. As we tie together the bootlaces from the bottom up, we expect to see more people using trails as a way of life. This means a healthy and happy future for Southeast Louisiana.

Lead organizations or agencies involved in this work.

  • New Orleans Regional Planning Commission
  • Friends of Lafitte Greenway
  • Bike Easy
  • City of New Orleans

Existing trails and connection of The Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network

Urban Trails

  • Lafitte Greenway
  • Wisner Trail
  • South Shore Lakefront Connection
  • River-Tullis Connection
  • BR Downtown Greenway

Inter-City Connections

  • MRT East Bank
  • Florida Parishes Rail with Trail Bicycle Superhighway
  • The Tammany Trace Manchac Greenway
  • Tangi Trail New Orleans to Slidell Connection
  • St. Bernard MRT Eastbank Connection
  • Crescent Connection
  • MRT West Bank

Some trails already have champions and others are waiting to be adopted by the next generation of trail champions!

Check out the link to Rails to Trails Conservancy’s Project Spotlight: Louisiana Bootlace Trail Network

Jennifer Ruley tributed heavily to this blog.

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