New Orleans is a beautiful city to visit and features many scenic routes nearby for motorcycle rides in The Bayou State. The next time you feel like revving up your motorcycle in southern Louisiana, check out one of these amazing bike routes.
At Law Tigers, we’re a national community of motorcycle lawyers who want to help you make the most out of your rides. We’ve put our heads together to share some of our favorite routes along the Louisiana Gulf Coast.
Gulf Coast Highway
Heading east out of New Orleans, take I-10 to U.S. 90. Ride through the Bayou Sauvage Urban National Wildlife Refuge, the Pearl River Wildlife Management Area, and the towns of Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, and Biloxi as you follow the famed Gulf Coast Highway into southern Mississippi.
Your path will take you past casinos, restaurants, and beaches. Pull off anywhere for a bite to eat and a beer, or roll a towel out on the sand and catch a few rays of sunshine after taking a swim in the warm Gulf waters.
Baton Rouge to New Roads, LA
From I-10 in Baton Rouge, take LA-415 N to LA-413 N, exiting onto New Roads Street in New Roads, LA. This route is a little over 30 miles long and runs along the western edge of the Mississippi River.
Enjoy the rural scenery on this short ride through pastures and roadside forests. Stop at a local restaurant in New Roads for lunch or dinner before heading back to Baton Rouge. Ma Mama’s Kitchen, Banks Seafood and Fried Chicken, and Morel’s Restaurant all offer seafood, drinks, and traditional Southern cooking.
Plantation to Swamp
This route around Lac des Allemands full of history and scenery takes you around the southern edge of the Mississippi River on LA-18 W for over 30 miles, south on LA-20 W at Vacherie for nine miles, then onto LA-307 with a sharp left. Take LA-307 for ten miles, get onto US-90 E at the junction near Raceland, then follow it for 14 miles before merging onto I-310 N/LA-3127 N.
Along the loop are numerous plantations that offer an assortment of tour styles, including historical reenactment, antique displays, and an emphasis on the influence of the pre-Civil War era through modern times. Around the Highway 307 leg of the loop (see below) is Zam’s Swamp Tours. Be sure to grab a bite to eat at Trudy’s Restaurant before completing the loop.
If you’re looking for a scenic drive in the Louisiana countryside, look no further than Highway 307. Stretching between Raceland and Chackbay, Highway 307 takes you through small towns, rural pastureland, swamps, and forests. This 19-mile ride doesn’t offer many attractions, but the views are beautiful.
Ponchatoula to Sorrento, LA
Starting in Ponchatoula, take State Highway 22 W to Sorrento for a 40-mile ride through twists and turns in rural countryside, small towns, and along the Amite River.
Stop at any of the mom & pop restaurants to grab a bite along the way. Restaurants on this route specialize in seafood and Cajun cuisine, with a few options for Italian and Mexican, and several places to get a cold drink at a drive-thru.
Bogue Chitto Loop
This 60-mile twisting loop features scenic backdrops of rustic towns, hills, forests, and more. Stop for a snowball or old-fashioned malt at Ellen’s in Covington, or pause at the Abita Brewing Company for a bite and a root beer. Visit the gift shop and bring home a shirt, 6-pack, or souvenir from your brewery tour.
Starting in Bogalusa, take LA-60 W for 14 miles, making a left onto LA-437 and following it approximately 12 miles. Turn off at LA-1129 N, then turn right onto LA-40 E in half a mile. In Bush, LA, take LA-21 N about 14 miles back to Bogalusa.
Enjoy your choice of New Orleans motorcycle rides, whether you live in Louisiana or are just visiting.
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