Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path


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Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path Facts

States: Louisiana
Counties: East Baton Rouge, Iberville
Length: 27.8 miles
Trail end points: Laurel St (Baton Rouge) and LA-75, just south of Willow Glen power station (St. Gabriel)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Brick, Concrete, Gravel
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 7788460

Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path Description

The Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path links several downtown attractions along the Mississippi River and serves as one of the city's most popular outdoor recreation assets. The Farr Park Equestrian Center, the USS Kidd Naval Museum, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, and the beautiful castle-like Old State Capitol building can all be accessed from the paved pathway. The trail also flanks the western side of the Louisiana State University campus.

In downtown Baton Rouge, the northern-most trail section is a brick pathway running along the water through the Riverfront Plaza & City Dock park (300 S River Rd, Baton Rouge). Heading south from the end of this 1-mile riverfront promenade, the trail continues as a 15-foot-wide paved pathway with separate lanes for bicycles and pedestrians for 4.31 miles to Farr Park. Passing under the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge and running along the LSU campus, this section has lighting, benches, and drinking fountains. Although it narrows slightly, the route continues as a wide, smooth, and paved trail.

Outside of the city proper, the trail meanders along the elevated levee through open fields and farmland, with the crowds of trail users thinning out as the landscape opens up. The paved path comes to an end at a trailhead located at the L'Auberge Casino complex, over twelve miles away from its northern terminus.

The path continues on an unpaved surface, ideal for runners and bikes with appropriate tires, heading east from the casino and following the bend in the river that forms the pleasantly named neighborhood of Sunshine. This section of the bike path continues for around fifteen miles before coming to a halt just south of the Willow Glen power station—the preceding mile of trail to the west is nicely paved for a change of pace, with a trailhead located at St. Gabriel's Sunshine Park.

After a gap in the trail by the power station, you can continue south on the Carville Levee Trail. The Levee Bike Path offers a great, smooth pathway with traffic-free views of the mighty Mississippi River in the Baton Rouge area, and a rougher, more remote experience for those who venture out further south to St. Gabriel.

Parking and Trail Access

The Capital Area Transit System provides access to the northern end of the trail in downtown Baton Rouge. Visit Baton Rouge's CATS website for more information.

Parking is available at the LSU-Skip Bertman Drive Levee Trailhead (located at the intersection of River Rd & Skip Bertman Dr in Baton Rouge), at Farr Park (6402 River Rd, Baton Rouge), and at the St. Gabriel Levee Trailhead (2131-2199 LA-75, Sunshine). Visit the TrailLink map for detailed directions.  

Baton Rouge Levee Bike Path Reviews

Asphalt trail was great

Got on the trail at Tiger Stadium and rode 10 miles south to the Casino which was all asphalt and very smooth. MS river was on the right and mostly visible from the trail. Interestingly, the trail goes through a pasture of cows and there was cow manure on the trail that we had to maneuver around. Beyond the Casino, the trail is gravel. About 4 miles down the gravel portion we ran into a gate with posted signs that beyond it was private property. We ended up turning around and was unable to complete the trail.

A view of the Mississippi River

Enjoyed a tour of the USS Kidd then to this trail which runs right next to the museum, with great views of the river , saw a few eagles, Tiger stadium and of course a wastewater plant- I think plants and trails go together? It was windy but well maintained trail.

The Mississippi is always great

Rode part of this trail on 2/5/2023 on our Ebikes. If you look on the trail map from the start of the trail in Baton Rouge to the left hand turn where you see the 327 in a small square is 9 miles. The trail is flat and you can see the river all the way. It was a perfect 69 day but this trail would be hot if the weather was not cool. Absolutely no shade. But we find the Mississippi fascinating and it was a great ride. If you are in an RV you can camp at the Farr Equestrian Center and RV park. Really nice with Electric and water and you can hop on your bike at camp and hit the trail. Highly recommend.

Great trail out of traffic

Trailink needs to update the info on this trail. As of 10/30/2021 the levee path runs north from L'auberge Casino in to downtown Baton Rouge. Path is fully paved for 12.5 miles one way. Once you're south of Brightside Dr. the walker, jogger traffic thins out and the only area to use caution is between the cattle crossings.

You can access the path from several locations. Parking at L'auberge Casino, Farr Park, LSU Vet School or downtown. You can add some miles and scenery by hopping off at the Vet School and take a spin through campus, around the lakes and back. Hit one of the restaurants across from the football stadium and then finish your ride.

Great for kids or those that don't want to deal with vehicle traffic.


Trail going South

Took a nice ride Sunday. The paved trail actually goes about 8 miles down river from Equestrian Center that is not shown on map here. All the way to the L’Auberge Casino. The trail head at the BREC Equestrian Center has plenty of free parking, restrooms, drinking water fountain and a free air compressor.

Wonderful Ride

Road my bike on the Trail yesterday ... The weather was beautiful and I enjoyed the trail . Other bikers and walkers were friendly .... ********Would like to see a mile marker ,unless I just missed it .. Beautiful scenery ..The Mississippi water is really high...

Weekday Ride

Couldn't find a place to park at either end. Didn't want to pay to park. Trail was nice and very good views of the river. Allot of children on field trips by U.S.Kidd. Overall OK for a beginner.

good for families

Started at Farr Park and ended with pizza at Schlitz & Giggles. 10 or 11 y.o is probably youngest child who'd enjoy this, esp if they have a decent bike. It was a warm Labor Day, but always a nice breeze in the levee path.

Easy Trail 10 miles

Paved on the levee for 10 miles round trip from Farr Park to downtown Baton Rouge. Has a pier that goes over the river you can bike to the end of it.

Baton Rouge Levee

Easy quiet trail with nice views of river, LSU campus and downtown BR

Levee trail

Was a great easy trail for beginning riders!

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