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You can begin this route at the Old River Lock, which allows boats to enter the Atchafalaya River from the Mississippi River. If you are interested in an overnight stay, year-round primitive camping facilities are located nearby. Farther along the route, you can visit the Old River Control Structure, which enables a flow of fresh water from the Mississippi River into the Atchafalaya Basin, one of the last great primitive areas in the nation.

The route from here travels alongside and sometimes on top of the levee bordering the Mississippi River. The road surface is excellent and you’ll encounter very little traffic. The scenery is wonderful and varies from fertile farmland to forests. The absence of houses, stores and traffic, make this an excellent bike route. Several wildlife preserves along the way offer opportunities for camping, fishing, hunting or exploring. On your way to Natchez, you will also pass Louisiana’s first hydroelectric power plant. There are no stores along this route, so take plenty of supplies and water.