Mississippi welcomes riders with fun roads that carve through rolling hills and scenic routes that pass by picturesque lakes, rivers and the sparkling Gulf of Mexico. Motorcyclists will also find many historic and modern sites to visit in Mississippi.
A popular ride with motorcyclists is the Natchez Trace Parkway, which follows the Old Trace, a footpath that American Indians and settlers took through the state of Mississippi, a corner of Alabama, and on into Tennessee. This is a great scenic route that is fairly straight with a few gently rolling hills. Motorcyclists will find that sections of this trail are lined with beautiful oaks, magnolias and pines dripping with Spanish moss. The Natchez Trace Parkway is especially beautiful in the fall when the leaves are changing colors.
One of the big pluses of cruising on the Natchez Trace Parkway for motorcyclists is its lack of big trucks, as no commercial traffic is allowed on this road. There are also no stop signs or lights on this route, which allows bikers to enjoy miles and miles of uninterrupted cruising. In addition to its pretty scenery, the Trace passes many interesting and historical sites, including the second largest ceremonial mound in the United States, Emerald Mound; the boyhood home of Elvis in Tupelo; and civil war battlefields. The Trace begins in Natchez, Mississippi and ends in Nashville, Tennessee.
Of course, it should almost be mandatory that any rider in Mississippi should take a cruise along the river for which this great state is named. The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the Mighty Mississippi River as it travels along this state’s western border and is a very pretty, enjoyable route. The 345-mile-long section of the Great River Road National Scenic Byway that travels through Mississippi is actually part of a longer route that extends through 10 states and is, in total, nearly 3,000 miles long.
Riders who like a little action with their scenery will want to head over to the very scenic Red Bluffs via Highways 98 and 587. Some people refer to these beautiful red, gold and orange bluffs, which rise 400 feet above the Pearl River Valley, as the little Grand Canyon. Highways 98 and 587 are curvy, twisty and a lot of fun. Riders will especially enjoy a three-mile curvy climb to the top of Red Bluff, where they can enjoy spectacular views of the valley. There are some blind curves, however, on this route, and riders should watch for sand and gravel in turns. To get to the Red Bluffs, riders need to head south out of Monticello on Highway 587.
Highway 90 is a fun motorcycle ride for a couple of different reasons. First, it runs along the Gulf Coast and boasts great views of the ocean, bays, rivers and marshes. Second, it glides past a number of big casinos in Biloxi and Gulfport, where riders can stop for a little gambling fun. This is not a route for twisty lovers, but it is perfect for motorcyclists looking for an enjoyable ride past beautiful scenery or who want to spend a little time at the gaming tables or at the slot machines.
Of course, there are more than just fun roads to explore for motorcyclists in Mississippi. This state also has a number of rallies, rides and shows each year, including the Mid-South Rally in October, which is held in Southaven. This charity event features rides and great bands, and it benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.
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