In Louisiana, motorcyclists never know what the next curve in the road may bring. This state is home to plantations, the bayou, spooky roads lined with Spanish-moss draped trees, the unique Creole culture and great Cajun food.
The Creole Nature Trail All-American Road travels for 180 miles through beautiful Louisiana bayous, coastal prairies, marshes, unspoiled wildlife refuges, and along the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico. This is a mostly flat road, but it is a very scenic ride that gives motorcyclists a glimpse of Louisiana’s wonderful wetlands area. This road passes near or through the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge, the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge and the Lacassine National Wildlife Refuge. These refuges attract large flocks of waterfowl and are home to alligators. Riders will find a number of small eateries that serve delicious local cuisine, such as boudin and po-boys, on this route, which stretches from Sulpher to Lake Charles. To get to the Creole Nature Trail, motorcyclists can take Route 27 south out of Sulpher. Riders remain on this road, which will change its name to State Highway 82 and then back to State Highway 27 during this ride. When riders reach State Highway 27 just outside of the town of Creole, they will head north on this road until they reach State Highway 384, which they will take west to State Highway 385 north to Lake Charles.
Motorcyclists who prefer twisties with their scenery will want to head to Route 22 in southern Louisiana. This route stretches for 35 miles from Ponchatoula to Sorrento and takes riders alongside a river, as it cuts through the bayou. The road features sweepers and twisties. Some of the turns are very sharp, especially in the bayou area between French Settlement and Head-of-Island. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a motorcyclist who has overestimated his skill level and underestimated this road’s turns to end up in the swamp.
Route 415, which is located just west of Baton Rouge, is another fun and scenic route. Motorcyclists can start this rural, twisty route out of Port Allen and take it 32 miles to the city of New Roads. Because route 415 runs alongside the curvy False River, this road is not only a very pretty ride, but it is also one that offers plenty of twists and turns to keep a motorcyclist entertained.
Another twisty road that isn’t too far from Baton Rouge is Louisiana 77. This road is lined on one side with farmland and on the other by the eerie beauty of the bayou. As this road winds through the bayou, riders will find lots of curves to tackle on Louisiana 77. Riders can pick up to this road in Livonia and take it 36 miles to Plaquemine.
The Longleaf Trail Scenic Byway, which is located in west-central Louisiana, cuts through the Kisatchie Hills, one of this state’s most rugged areas. This 17-mile two-lane byway, which is also known as State Forest Road 59, crosses over mesas and buttes and travels along a ridge top though the 8,679-acre Kisatchie Hills Wilderness, which is also known to locals as the Little Grand Canyon. The road features stunning views of the buttes, as well as the Kisatchie Bayou. This byway is located five and half miles south of I-49’s Derry exit and connects to Louisiana Highway 117 and 199.
Of course, it’s no secret that Louisiana knows how to throw a mean party, and it’s little wonder that it is also the site of a number of wild rallies, rides and shows. The Great Southern Rally, which is held in Gonzalez during May is a four-day event that includes swamp rides, Cajun poker runs, and a music festival.
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