There are endless routes to explore, with 7,300 miles of highway across Mississippi. We’ve identified five hidden gems that will keep you busy for a while!
Tips Before You Ride
Mississippi has some of the best motorcycle rides in the country, but that doesn’t mean there’s no risk involved. Here are some things to keep in mind before you ride:
1. Ventilated gear is a must during the summer months. The high humidity can make the warm temperatures feel even hotter. Take advantage of as much breeze as you can get.
2. Be ready for rain. Thunderstorms are common in the summer, so check the forecast before you go, and make sure you’re comfortable riding in the rain if there’s a chance of showers.
3. Stay vigilant. As you know, riders are more likely to get into accidents, primarily due to the negligence and errors of four-wheeled vehicles. Never be complacent and stay extra alert if you are on a new road that you haven’t ridden before.
4. Autumn is a fan favorite. Though you can ride year-round in Mississippi, the most popular riding season is autumn. The weather is mild, and the fall colors are stunning.
Ride 1: De Soto National Forest
Breathe in the smell of fresh pine and feel the peaceful vibes of moving water with the numerous streams you’ll encounter on this ride. There’s not much traffic here, and plenty of fun curves to keep your brain engaged over the 33 miles.
This route takes you along Route 29, and if you’re feeling lucky, you could start your day at the Biloxi Casino and then head north about 60 miles to De Soto National Forest.
Ride 2: Natchez Trace Parkway
If you’ve got some extra time on your hands, this 444-mile route takes you through the heart of Mississippi forests, creeks, and farmland. Riders rave about the smoothness of the road, and we also appreciate the lack of billboards, utility poles, and other signs of manmade civilization.
The tame route goes from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, and there are options to shorten the route if you’d prefer not to travel across three states.
Ride 3: Old Port Gibson Road
If the word “tame” in the Natchez Trace Parkway route description made you stifle a yawn, then a great alternative is Old Port Gibson Road. Here, you’ll have the pleasurable challenge of navigating multiple twists and turns. This route epitomizes the phrase, “dangerous curves ahead.”
The road is 50 miles long and has a long history. It was most notably used by the Union Army during the Civil War as troops marched to Raymond. However, most of the historical sites are no longer there.
The natural scenery rivals Natchez Trace Parkway, so make sure you keep your eyes on the road!
Ride 4: Route 90
For coastal views, ride along Route 90. This 1,633-mile highway makes an appearance for an 80-mile stretch at the southern coast of Mississippi, and it’s a fun and beautiful ride along the Gulf of Mexico.
You can start your journey at Bay St. Louis to take in old architectural sites, including awe-inspiring churches. Stop in Biloxi and take a tour of Barq’s first root beer factory. There are also sculptures of trees that had surviving roots after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a reminder that beauty can be born from tragedy.
Route 5: Route 15
For a quickie, take a 30-mile route on Route 15. The roads are exceptionally well-maintained, and the forest scents and scenery will leave you feeling refreshed and energized. This ride has something for everyone, with an ideal balance of straightaways and curves.
Enjoy Everything Mississippi Has to Offer, Including Law Tigers
As you don your helmet and explore Mississippi, don’t forget to stay safe! Law Tigers has a free Riders Benefit Package that gives you access to free legal advice, a toll-free accident hotline, information about exclusive events, and financial rewards. If you’ve been involved in a motorcycle accident, give Law Tigers a call at 1-888-863-7216.