Louisiana Great River Road

Length: 773 miles

Time to Allow: One to two days for a self-guided tour of each area

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1
River Road African American Museum
406 Charles Street
Tel: 
225-474-5553
2
Houmas House Plantation and Gardens
40136 LA 942
Tel: 
225-473-9380
3
Delta Music Museum
218 Louisiana Ave.
Tel: 
318-757-9999
4
Frogmore Plantation
11656 US-84
Tel: 
318-757-3333
5
Mississippi River - Vidalia Waterfront
12 Front Street
Tel: 
318 336-9934
6
Louisiana State Capitol and Annex
900 N. 3rd St.
Tel: 
225 342-7317
7
Capitol Park Museum
660 N. Fourth St.
Tel: 
225-342-5428
8
LSU Rural Life Museum and Gardens
4600 Essen Lane
Tel: 
225 765-2437
9
Magnolia Mound Plantation
2161 Nicholson Dr.
Tel: 
225 343-4955
10
Louisiana's Old State Capitol and Museum of Political History
100 North Blvd.
Tel: 
225 342-0500
11
USS Kidd Veterans Museum
305 S. River Rd.
Tel: 
225-342-1942
12
Port Hudson National Cemetery
20978 Port Hickey Road
Tel: 
225-654-1988
13
Shaw Center for the Arts/LSU Museum of Art
100 Lafayette Street
Tel: 
225.346.5001
14
Louisiana State Cotton Museum
7162 US 65
Tel: 
318-559-2041
15
Grant's Canal Park and Lake Overlook
600 Lake St.
16
Grant's Canal Historical Landmark
Levee Road
Tel: 
601 636-0583
17
Port Hudson State Historic Site
236 US 61
Tel: 
225-654-3775
18
Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site
57730 Main St
Tel: 
225 687-7158
19
Nottoway Plantation
31025 LA 1
Tel: 
225 545-2730
20
Gretna Historical Society Museum
209 Lafayette St
Tel: 
504.362.3854
21
Hermione Museum
315 Mulberry St.
Tel: 
318-574-0082
22
Audubon Park and Zoo
6500 Magazine St.
Tel: 
504 861-2537
23
Jackson Square
700 Decatur St.
Tel: 
504 658-3200
24
Louisiana State Museum - Cabildo and Presbytere
751 Chartres
Tel: 
504-568-6968
25
French Quarter Historic District
26
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
916 N Peters St
Tel: 
504 589-4841
27
National World WarII Museum
945 Magazine St
Tel: 
504 528-1944
28
Ogden Museum of Art
925 Camp St
Tel: 
504 539-9650
29
Jackson Barracks and Military Museum
6400 St. Claude Ave.
Tel: 
504-278-8000
30
Algiers Point Historic District and Ferry
31
Fort Jackson and St. Philip
LA 1
Tel: 
504-392-6692
32
End of Road Marker
End of tide Water Road
33
Morganza Flood Control Structure
Tel: 
504-862-1759
34
Pointe Coupee Parish Museum
8348 False River Rd. (Hwy 1)
Tel: 
225 638-7788
35
Old River Lock
21412 LA 15
Tel: 
(225) 492-2690
36
Chalmette National Historic Park and Battlefield - National Cemetery
8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy
Tel: 
504-589-3882
37
Los Isleos Museum and Village
1345 - 1357 Bayou Road
Tel: 
504 277-4681 or 504 676-3098
38
Destrehan Plantation
13034 River Road
Tel: 
985 764-9315
39
Bonnet Carre Spillway
16302 River Road
Tel: 
985-764-7484
40
Laura: A Creole Plantation
2247 LA 18
Tel: 
225.265.7690
41
Oak Alley Plantation
3645 LA 18
Tel: 
225.265.2151
42
St. Joseph Plantation
3535 LA 18
Tel: 
225.265.4078
43
Evergreen Plantation
4677 LA 18
Tel: 
504.201.3180
44
San Francisco Plantation
2646 LA 44
Tel: 
985.535.2341
45
Whitney Plantation
5099 LA 18
Tel: 
504.586.0003
46
Winter Quarters State Historic Site
4929 LA 608
Tel: 
888-677-9468
47
Port Allen Old Ferry Landing & Riverside Park
Court Street and the Mississippi River
Tel: 
225-336-2422
48
Poverty Point State Historic Site
6859 LA 577
Tel: 
888-926-5492
49
West Feliciana Historical Society and Museum
11757 Ferdinand St.
Tel: 
225-635-6330
50
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site
12501 Hwy 10
Tel: 
225-635-3332
51
Angola Prison Museum
17544 Tunica Trace
Tel: 
225-655-2592

Overview

Paralleling the mighty Mississippi, the Louisiana Great River Road spans hundreds of miles, countless historic milestones and centuries of history. On the river’s west bank, the byway runs from the Louisiana/Arkansas state line to the town of Venice on the Gulf of Mexico. The east bank route begins at the Louisiana/Mississippi state line and ends at the little village of Pointe a la Hache. Plantation homes, museums, ancient oaks, elegant restaurants and seafood joints – you’ll see it all on this byway, along with view after view of the Mississippi River. Here is a sample of what you’ll find:

 Tallulah/Mound Area

 This segment of River Road is a picturesque drive through cotton, soybean, corn and rice fields. In the small town of Tallulah, visit the Hermione House; built in 1955, the home is now a museum featuring Civil War artifacts and an exhibit on Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of slaves who became the country’s first female millionaire. At the foot of the bridge leading to Mississippi is Grant’s Park, which marks the site where Gen. Ulysses S. Grant tried to divert the course of the Mississippi River. If you’re hungry, drop by LouAnn’s, a favorite family restaurant that serves up fried chicken, po-boys and steaks.

 Vidalia/Ferriday/Natchez, Miss. Area

In east central Louisiana, the towns of Vidalia and Ferriday sit just across the Mississippi River from Natchez, Miss. Take a stroll down Vidalia’s Riverwalk, a short, paved walkway with benches, ideal for viewing the river. Right outside Vidalia is Frogmore Cotton Plantation and Gins, a working cotton plantation with buildings dating from 1790. Tours here give an accurate depiction of all facets of plantation life, including slavery and sharecropping. Frogmore also has a modern, computerized cotton gin.

Nearby Ferriday provides a good reminder of Louisiana’s musical history. The town is the birthplace of Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley, and the Delta Music Museum in Ferriday celebrates their music along that of other Louisiana greats, including Fats Domino and Irma Thomas.

St. Francisville/New Roads Area

Both St. Francisville and New Roads are known for their well-preserved historic structures, including plantation homes, Creole cottages and Victorian mansions. Moss-draped oak trees, beautiful gardens and Southern hospitality complete the picture. In New Roads, relax with a bowl of crawfish étouffée or seafood gumbo at a restaurant overlooking False River. Across the Mississippi, St. Francisville provides lots of bed-and-breakfast inns, some of which are housed in plantation homes. If you want a more outdoorsy experience, try nearby Cat Island National Wildlife Refuge, where you can paddle a canoe, bird-watch or take spectacular pictures.

Baton Rouge Metropolitan Area

Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge boasts such diverse attractions as water parks, art museums and Louisiana State University, home of the Fighting Tigers. Visit one of River Road’s gracious plantation homes, tour the Old Governor’s Mansion (built in 1929 by legendary Gov. Huey P. Long) and try dancing the two-step at Boutin’s Cajun Music and Dining. The LSU Rural Life Museum’s many buildings give visitors a chance to experience what life was like in 19th-century Louisiana, and the museum’s Windrush Gardens are filled with colorful azaleas, camellias and other local plants.

 New Orleans Metropolitan Area

New Orleans is often called the “Big Easy” because of its laidback way of life. You’ll find restaurants ranging from white-cloth grand dames to po-boy shops, along with historic architecture, live music and lots of unique stores (don’t miss Magazine Street). Ride the streetcar Uptown to ogle the mansions on St. Charles Avenue, then head back to Canal Street and take in the French Quarter’s antique shops and funky bars. Don’t miss a visit to Café du Monde, where visitors and locals alike sip coffee-with-chicory, feast on beignets and watch the world go by.

Venture across the 26-mile Lake Pontchartrain Causeway to visit more rural St. Tammany Parish, or head down south toward the Gulf of Mexico for some fishing and wildlife-viewing. Whether you start or end your trip in the greater New Orleans area, you are sure to get a memorable sampling of what Louisiana’s Great River Road Byway has to offer.

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  • Visit plantations like the Frogmore Plantation and Cotton Gins.
  • Discover Poverty Point, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.