A great route for pleasant riding and catching the scenic highlights of the northwestern corner of Southeast Louisiana
Dist 118 km; Date May 2016
Start out at the Audubon State Historic Site, or Oakley Plantation. After the one-hour tour and a stroll around the grounds, leave on LA-965 west. At LA-66 turn right and continue through St. Francisville, to which we will return later, for 8.5 km until you reach Tunica Trace or LA-66. Continue almost 13 km and then take a sharp left on Old Tunica Rd LA-968 to leave the tarmac for a rolling, gravel ride through the hills around Little Bayou Sara. Continue along Parker Rd for more off-tarmac meandering until you reconnect with Tunica Trace at the LA-969 junction. Take LA-969, or Ft Adams Pond Rd north for 12 miles and into Mississippi until you reach the parking area for Clark Creek Natural Area. This is a great place to stretch your legs with a hike among the small waterfalls.
Back at your bike, retrace your route along LA-969 and veer hard right when you are back at the LA-66 (Tunica Trace) intersection. Follow LA-66 directly into the visitor area of Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola where you can take a walk-through the visitor’s center museum.
When you’re ready to push on, return along LA-66 past the town of Tunica. Just past Tunica Church, turn right onto Old Tunica Rd. Follow Old Tunica on a squirming off-tarmac route that bisects the Tunica Hills Wildlife Management Area and continue all the way until you’re back at LA-66. Here go south and continue south on LA-61 until you’re back in St. Francisville. This is a great little town for having a meal and spending the night at one of the several plantation homes-turned-B&B.