The recently completed Mississippi River trail follows the Mississippi River from the head water area at Lake Itasca all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. The signed route utilizes existing trails and roadways to provide cyclists with the “safest” route along the river. 20 miles north of New Orleans the route utilizes the New Orleans Levy Trail (also called the Bill Keller Memorial Path).
This bike only route travels atop of the Mississippi Levy between St Charles Parish and New Orleans. The surface is smooth pavement with lane striping and regularly intervalled exit and entrance ramps.
Riding the bike trail is a unique experience allowing tandem teams the opportunity to admire the hidden homes (both new and old) along the river while at the same time being entertained by the ship traffic along the river itself.
Nearly flat for the entire length the Bill Keller Memorial Path offers visitors to the area a peaceful alternative to city street riding.