Details and Directions

Ponchatoula Community Center

300 North 5th Street

Ponchatoula, LA 70454

Rooms available for out of town guests.

Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham   
727 West Pine, Ponchatoula, LA 70454 

(Located on LA Hwy 22, the city's main street)
Phone: 985-386-8866  Fax: 985-386-8897

 "We welcome you like family!" 

 Betsy Thompson, General Manager 



Our main street is LA 22, also known as Pine Street. On LA 22 East, one block from the railroad tracks, turn north onto North Fifth Street between Ponchatoula Feed and Seed Store and Berryland Motors. The Community Center is the only two-story building on third block. There is ample parking with handicap spots right out front of the entry doors, overflow parking in back with entry from side street.


Entry to Microtel is between Sonic and Waffle House at 727 West Pine. Remember to ask for writers conference discount when making reservations.


From west or Baton Rouge area: I-12 East to I-55 South to Exit 26.

From north or Jackson, Mississippi area: I-55 South to Exit 26

Exit 26 is Ponchatoula/Springfield.  Follow Ponchatoula sign onto LA 22 East which is West Pine.


From the south La Place area: From I-10 East or West, take I-55 North to first Ponchatoula Exit # 23 onto U.S. 51 North alongside the railroad tracks to downtown.


From the south via the Causeway: Upon entering Mandeville, follow signs to Ponchatoula/Madisonville or exit onto LA 22 to Madisonville/Ponchatoula. You will automatically be on our main street.


From the east and Mississippi Gulf Coast: From I-12 West, take Airport Exit 42 on right and immediately get in left lane to enter South Airport Road under overpass. The name will change to North Hoover but road goes straight until you turn right onto LA 22 to enter Ponchatoula.


It is our hope you arrive on Friday to visit our Chamber of Commerce office, on north side of the main street near North Sixth Street, to get visitor information on touring our antique, jewelry and collectibles stores downtown, our Country Market in the depot and our USS Ponchatoula Memorial at the Collingswood Museum. If you’re a fan of History Channel’s Swamp Man (our own  local Bruce Mitchell,) ask directions to nearby Kliebert’s Alligator Farm.

Welcome and enjoy your visit!

Directions to The Art Station for Pre-Conference Social

146 West Oak Street, Ponchatoula, LA

West Oak Street runs parallel to main street one block south. From main street, turn south at the railroad track onto Highway 51, turn onto West Oak street.