Bonnet Carre Spillway Trail

4.22 out of 5
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↑ 200 ft
↓ 100 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Spillway offers a variety of trails for mountain bikers and hikers of any experience level, from beginners looking for a scenic ride through the woods, to seasoned bikers looking for an aerobic and technical challenge.

Type of Ride:
Tight and twisty singletrack - river bed clay, some sand. Trail also has numerous features that include bridges and berms. The trail is very beginner friendly as all technical features have bypasses.

One complete loop approximately 5.5 miles. Directional arrows, trail names, and mileage signage are posted for trail reference and is intended to direct the rider in a CLOCKWISE direction.

Trail Description:
Beginning at the trailhead bulletin board (to the right of the park entrance near the front pond) you will ride through the "Headless Horse" into "Freesons" and the large pipeline right-of-way these sections are smooth, straight and easy riding all bridges/crossings are wide and easy to cross made up of wood & metal grating. Soon you will enter the "Wookie Wiggle" where the trail takes advantage of the terrain to make a twisty fun part of the course. Into the "Zephr" and "G.A.Z.Z." you'll experience tight & twisty roller coaster like terrain. Across a short wooden bridge to "Seinfeld" then "5 Minutes Alone" these sections are relatively smooth, straight, and fast. Pass the turn-around and into 'Up-Chuck" the trail becomes slower and more technical with moderate ups & downs (no significant elevation). Beware of Indiana Jones warning into "South Canada" where you will find the "8th Wonder Berm" and several others in a section of fast and fun turns. Soon there will be a smile from the spillway trail gnome into "W.D.D.A.M.F." & "Rat Tail" contain more twisty ups & downs with an assortment of berms and flowy sections. Soon you will be in the spooky "Ghost Trail" where you may encounter the unknown. You'll finish in the short section of "Chu-Chut" to the "FF Connection" which will take you to the levee climb and you'll follow the limestone road back to the park and trail head.

Several events are head at the trail every year. NOMAMBO host the annual cross country race the Spillway Scramble that is sanctioned by USA Cycling. The race is part of the Louisiana Mountain Bike Championship Series (LMBCS).

Another popular event open to anyone is the night time race affectionately called Race of the Dead. The Race of the Dead has become a Halloween tradition at the trail with sections of "haunted trail" where you never know what to expect.

NOMAMBO also host a yearly Time Trail series. The series is a fundraiser that allows the club to maintaining and improving the trail system. It is a fun competition that pits everyone against each other for one lap on the Bonnet Carre Spillway Trail as fast as you can! Entry fee is $10 and signup is done the half hour before the race starts. Awards include First (Men and Women), DFL (Men and Women), Lucky 13, the Pink Jersey, the Sand-Bagger Award and the Rusty Wrench!

The trail is also frequently used by running clubs for trail runs. Events like the Warrior Dash are held at the park and utilize sections of the trail.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: We are going to be in area in a few weeks to ride (from TN). Is the trail currently open after the last storm? -SGATES1765

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Q: Is there a place to rent a MTB near here? -VECON Sports

A: Unfortuantly there is no place to rent a mountain bike in South Louisiana.

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October 23, 2019
Review: Rode here back in February while visiting folks in NOLA. There's not much to this trail, and quite literally almost no elevation change. We were on the lookout for the wall ride, but couldn't find it. Seems like the river claimed it maybe. Even so this is still a fun ride. We only had time to go around once, but it must be easy to get into a groove here and start racking up the laps. This place gets extra points for close proximity to one of the great cities on earth.

Granny Gear

October 14, 2019
Review: I Just rode this trail today, it was really muddy but still a fun ride. However, I was disappointed because most of the wooden bridges and obstacles were broken, so you have to just skip whole sections of the trail. If those things were fixed this rail would have been pretty fast and fun.


February 26, 2019
Review: I'm not kidding when I say we spent hours trying to find a shop to rent us mountain bikes in New Orleans. And guess what.. there isn't one. So instead of flying our bikes out to only ride a trail or two, we decided to grab mountain bike-ish bikes from Dick's Sporting Goods. When we tested these bikes out the night before the race, I knew we would be racing each other for last place. But I still stood by our decision to get those Nishiki's and wanted to go ahead and just do the race for fun anyways. Which is just what we did. The noise you hear in the background is the Norco plant. I'm not sure what it does, but we were told some horrible stories about the history of the plant which I won't go into here. Ok so the bikes were less than we'd hoped for, but how were the trails? This was the perfect course for a short, fun, cross country mountain bike race. The trail was flat and fast with some tight turns, roots, berms, bridges, and even a kewl drop that it killed us not to be able to try on the Nishiki's. It had rained the night before, so our tires were caked with mud that made it like riding on bald dune buggy tires through the trails. And I say the trails were fast, but we were obviously not able to get those bikes moving to experience that. There was something legitimately scary about being out there on your own encountering monsters and gouls as well as the random truck horn to scare the shit of you. NOMAMBO which stands for the New Orleans Metro Area Mountain Bike Organization - runs this race every year to raise money for their trail building efforts. So if you're ever in New Orleans for Halloween - be sure to check out this race. It's totally fun and for a great cause.

Granny Gear

July 19, 2018
Review: The trail was great,it was well maintained and very clean.Theres a grass hopper that black and hugee.Nomanbo are doing a great job.

Granny Gear

December 27, 2017
Review: I was out in Louisiana visiting family and brought my bike for the stay. I thought I'd explore the local trails, and honestly driving to this place I had very low expectations! I knew the trail is almost at Sea level and it's in the flat and muddy boot of Louisiana. But to my surprise the trail is incredibly well built with tight turns with berms as well as some cool features. Sure, there's no technical climbs or descents to smash (I'm used to that out in Texas), but the trail builders really made fantastic use of the terrain they had. Pleasantly surprised and will be back again.

Bunny Hop

November 27, 2017
ochoaslo Bunny Hop  
Review: Awesome fun. Had no idea it was a Blue Square intermediate. For me it was a definite cardio workout. For my boys, they loved every minute of it. We will go back again and get there earlier. Well worth the hour drive. Thank NOMAMBO for keeping the trails clean and very well maintained.

Granny Gear

October 14, 2017
cmb123 Granny Gear  
Review: Fun trails easy riding. If you plan on stopping make sure you have insect repellant.

Bunny Hop

August 2, 2017
Review: Well maintained. Great beginner ride for those looking to get experience.


May 19, 2017
swaaflyus Gramcounter  
Review: If you like going fast this track is for you as some bridges but a lot of speed well marked up and back

Granny Gear

April 15, 2017
LMurdochJR Granny Gear  
Review: If you're looking for big mountain riding this is not the place. To me, this trail is peaceful, it's in nature, a nice ride, and NOMAMBO is an excellent community. I recommend looping it multiple times, riding for time, focus on your cornering skills, and having a good time while not working! It is a great escape from the pavement of New Orleans.

I met some guys, re-enforcing a bridge, all of them were part of NOMaMBo and they were great to stop and talk to on my first experience. Thanks!

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