Bogue Chitto State Park

Residents Ride the Mississippi River Trail

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The Mississippi River Trail (MRT) is a collection of 3,000 miles of bike trails and designated routes that run along the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, spanning 10 states. Greater New Orleans features a stunning portion of the trail called “Louisiana Segment 7,” which stretches along the Mississippi River Levee through the city, continuing upriver along historic River Road.

The trail starts at Audubon Park near the Audubon Zoo in oak-lined Uptown New Orleans. Heading upriver, the first stretch extends about 22 miles along the levee on a smooth asphalt surface from New Orleans through the town of Kenner. With no intersections and no vehicular traffic along this elevated levee trail, it is a favorable place to exercise and enjoy the scenery. The next section of Segment 7 is more rural, continuing along River Road to the town of Vacherie. Riders share the road with vehicles and pass sprawling trees and historic sites such as Laura and San Francisco plantations, quaint eateries and nearby bed and breakfasts. Cyclists continuing northward along River Road will eventually reach Baton Rouge.