Ponchatoula, Louisiana is a small town just on the other side of Lake Ponchartrain from NOLA. With a growing population of 6500, this lively town has a little bit of something for everyone in Tangipahoa Parish! From farmlands to swampy marshes to historical sites and shopping destinations, Ponchatoula welcomes you with open arms... and with a gator! While you’re visiting, you’ll have to say hello to Ole Hardhide, Ponchatoula’s mascot that lives in a pond setting in the city. If you’re looking for a “berry” good time, plan your visit around April for when they celebrate The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival and take a photo with the biggest berry in the state!