2019 Cane River Plantation Ride

2019 Cane River
Plantation Ride

April 27th, 2019

The Bike Natchitoches 6th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride on April 27th, 2019, comprises three routes that cover land steeped in the history of Natchitoches Parish and offers numerous views of Cane River Lake.

  1. The 15 mile route will start and finish at the Cane River Creole National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation) in Bermuda, Louisiana. The tour will follow the Cane River National Heritage Trail and the Isle Brevelle Trail along Cane River Lake. It will pass several antebellum homes as well as Melrose Plantation and will cross Cane River Lake to the Isle Brevelle Trail by historical St. Augustine Catholic Church. It will continue to Cane River National Historical Park.
  2. The 25 mile route will follow the same route as the 15 mile route plus continue on to Magnolia Plantation. The tour will cross the end of Cane River Lake and continue on to the Isle of Brevelle Trail to Cane River National Historical Park (Oakland Plantation).
  3. The metric century route will follow the same route as the 25 mile route and will add the beautiful, hilly forest scenery of the Kisatchie National Forest including the Long Leaf Vista Trail. It is a perfect blend of Louisiana plantation history and serene arboreal experience.
  4. A 2k family fun run/walk is free and will be held on the park premises. Registration for the 2K will also be held on site the morning of the event.
  5. Participants and families from any route are encouraged to tour the National Park at Oakland and Magnolia plantation at no extra fee. Melrose Plantation is offering a reduced fee for participants and families.
  6. The registration fee for any ride is $40.00 for participants 18 and older. Participants 17 years or younger and students have a registration fee of $25.00 for any ride.
  7. Early registration will be held Friday April  26th from 12 noon to 5pm at the Grand Ecore Visitor Center, 105 Tauzin Island Road. (Approximately 3 1/2 miles out of Natchitoches off of Hwy 6 east). ride maps, gift bags and ride shirts will be handed out. Light refreshments and snacks will be available.
  8. Late registration* and sign–in opens at 8:15 a.m. and the ride will start at 9:00 a.m. An event shirt and gift bag are guaranteed if registered on line by April 20th. Free Lunch will be served to all precipitants starting at 11:00 AM.

Register on line @ www.bikereg.com

*Registration the day of the event will be $5.00 extra per participant.

For more information about the Bike Natchitoches Cane River Plantation Ride, contact Carey Blanchard at cblanchard3rd@gmail.com, 318-471-3085, or go to BikeNatchitoches.org.

If you RV you will enjoy the Grand Ecore RV Park: https://grandecorervpark.com/cherry-services/rv-park/

Comfort Suites Offering a 10% Discount for the April 27th Ride

Comfort Suites in Natchitoches is offering a 10% discount for the April 27th Ride. Just mention that you are here for the Bike Natchitoches Ride.

It is just off of  I 49 at exit 138.  To get to the ride you will get back on I 49 and go south to exit 127. Turn left on to Hwy 494 and continue straight for approx 5 miles. You will see the Oakland Plantation house on the left, continue around the sharp curve and the entrance is on the left.

IHop is in walking distance from the hotel. Downtown Natchitoches is 5 miles.

Comfort Suites:

151 Hayes Avenue

Nachitoches, LA 71457

318-228-8816

Here is a link to other places to stay in and around Natchitoches:  https://www.natchitoches.com/listings/stay

Here is a list of dining options in and around Natchitoches: https://www.natchitoches.com/listings/dining