Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Louisiana (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

Louisiana (LA) boasts having some of the richest & most colorful cultural heritages in the US. Motorcycle riders can find scenic motorcycle roads intertwined with fascinating cultural & historical stops in places such as New Orleans, Cajun country and the plantation areas. Motorcycle rides can include visits to prominent historical sites from the War of 1812 and the Civil War as well as shopping at antique shops and artisan craft shops. Motorcycle roads along southern Louisiana feature coastal runs along some of Louisiana's 397 miles of Gulf Coast territory.  We've compiled a list of 5 of the best motorcycle rides in Louisiana for you to plan a future trip around.  So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Louisiana .


After reviewing an entire year of activity of Louisiana motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Louisiana!


#5 A Circle Around Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend is a massive, scenic lake with approximately 1200 miles of shoreline that straddles Texas and Louisiana. This is a 146-mile long route that has many recreational activities like boating, fishing, golfing, camping, skiing, and hiking, which draw several visitors.

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#4 Run For The Road (Route 415)

Begin your journey in Port Allen and travel up Route 415 to New Roads. In the spring and summer, the countryside is lush and green. This 32-mile road follows the False River levee. There are many twists and bends on the route with minimal traffic.

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#3 Maurepas

Rte 22 in Ponchatoula serves as the starting point for the journey. It should be followed through Springfield. The journey will take you through the town of Killian, following the river. The shade provided by huge oak trees provides relief from the heat and sun.

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#2 Bayou Browsing For The Monkey

This road runs from Livonia, Louisiana to Plaquemine, Louisiana. It provides a stunning contrast of landscape, with ranches and farms on one side of the road and the bayou on the other, with an abundance of cypress trees and live oaks that appear to be decades old.

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#1 Route 22 From Sorrento To Ponchatoula

This is another popular route for experienced riders. Route 22 From Sorrento To Ponchatoula is a 35-mile road in southern Louisiana that offers riverbank and bayou views. It is a lovely, winding road, although there are some really sharp curves, particularly near the French Settlement.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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