Mississippi River Trail – Bicycle Trail
One of the longest bicycling trails in the United States follows the entire length of the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River Trail offers 3,000 miles of bike and pedestrian paths as it follows the river from Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Much of the trail runs along paved roads. Avid cyclist Bob Robinson has written the Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail, now in its second edition.
Sections of the Mississippi River Trail are off limits to motorized vehicles. A portion of the trail in New Orleans, for example, runs atop the main river levee for more than 20 miles.
New Cycling Paths, Bike Tours, Events
New cycling paths are emerging along the lower river, and biking tours and events are on the rise:
- Cycling enthusiasts and riverfront developers are joining forces in Memphis, Tennessee, and West Memphis, Arkansas, to turn the old Harahan Bridge across the river into a bike and pedestrian path. When completed, it would be the first permanent bike and hike path across the Lower Mississippi River.
- The old U.S. 80 bridge at Vicksburg is occasionally used for biking and running events.