Simmesport, Marksville, Washington loop
This is a nice ride that goes through small towns, including Hamburg, Moreauville, Mansura and Marksville. As you leave Moreauville, you will follow Bayou des Glaises northward through Mansura, a community settled by Frenchmen in the 1700s and now home to a popular annual cochon de lait, a roasted pig festival held each spring.
When you reach Marksville, you may want to visit the Paragon Casino and Resort on the Tunica-Biloxi reservation. At the Marksville State Historic Site, have a look at earthen mounds created by earliest dwellers in this area thousands of years ago. From Marksville, you’ll turn south for the jaunt to Washington, through areas that were home to cotton plantations before and after the Civil War. When you reach Washington, you might take time to browse the antique shops and the area’s lovely historic homes.
The Steamboat Warehouse Restaurant, located on Bayou Courtableau, is a nice dining spot with an interesting history. From there you will find nice scenery as you wind east and northward, through Palmetto and back toward Simmesport. The route travels alongside the Atchafalaya River for about 14 miles.
Start: Hwy. 1 at traffic light after Atchafalaya River Bridge. Mini Mart on right. Go north on Hwy. 1.
0.3 Right on Laurel Street. (Simmesport State Bank on right).
0.7 Left on Main Street (Old Highway 1) at Stop.
8.5 Hamburg Post Office.
8.9 Left at Y.
9.0 Left at Stop (Hwy. 451) going toward Highway 1.
9.5 Cross Highway 1 onto Hwy. 114.
10.6 Moreauville Corp. Limits
11.8 Left at T and Stop on Hwy 114 West. This is Bayou des Glaises Road.
17.2 Mansura Corp. Limits. Stay on Hwy. 114 West. There are several stores along the route.
17.9 Straight or North on Hwy. 107.
18.3 Chicken Palace Cafe. Good plate lunches and sandwiches.
19.0 Cross Hwy. 1. Continue on Hwy. 107 North.
21.2 Right on Hwy. 1 North.
21.9 Paragon Casion and Resort.
22.0 Marksville City Limits.