Louisiana Great River Road — Southern Stretch

Baton Rouge Area
Baton Rouge Area
Type of Route
29.6 miles

Kick off your adventure at the West Baton Rouge Museum in Port Allen and immerse yourself in Louisiana history. As you travel northward along the west side of the Mississippi River, you'll pass by several private historic homes that date back to the 1700s and 1800s, including the picturesque Monte Vista, Catherine and Smithfield plantations, all nestled amid fields of vibrant sugar cane.

With light traffic for most of the route, you can soak up the sights and sounds of the serene countryside before reaching the lively community of New Roads. Take a leisurely stroll to admire the many historic buildings and dine at one of the fantastic local restaurants. And don't forget to enjoy the breathtaking scenery along False River, a former loop of the Mississippi River that is now a popular spot for fishing, boating and other outdoor activities. Whether you're a history buff or a nature lover, this tour promises an unforgettable journey through the heart of Louisiana.

Finish your day outside, where Louisiana’s natural beauty proves abundant at the Samson House, a charming historic home-turned-bed-and-breakfast. The site is steps from Main Street in New Roads, where shops and restaurants (like Morel’s, a restaurant that has served delicious fare since 1926) offer a cool respite from the sun.

Learn more the area: West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau

Contact Info:
West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau
  2750 North Westport Drive
Port Allen, LA 70767
Telephone: (225) 344-2920