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2017 Annual Cane River Plantation Ride

The Bike Natchitoches 4th Annual Cane River Plantation Ride on May 6, 2017, 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 RiverNational 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.
  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 $35.00 for participants 18 and older. Participants 17 years or younger and students have a registration fee of $20.00 for any ride.
  7. Late registration* and sign–in opens at 7:15 a.m. and the ride will start at 8:15 a.m.

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*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, 318-471-3085, or go to

Bike and Build in Natchitoches June 12th, 2014

We would like to welcome Bike and Build to the Natchitoches area. Bike and Build is a group who raise money via sponsorships and spend the summer riding across America on bicycles to various locations where they assist with building affordable housing. While in Natchitoches they will be presenting a bike safety program in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church parking lot Thursday, June 12th at 5:30 PM. The program is designed for kids ages 5 – 14, but all are welcome. Kids should be prepared to get wet. After the program there is a 1/2 mile group ride around the block.

This fantastic opportunity is hosted by by the First United Methodist Church and Trinity Episcopal Church. We’d love to show our support by having a great turnout amongst Bike Natchitoches families!

First Saturday Ride, June 7th, 2014

Join Bike Natchitoches this Saturday, June 7th, for our first Saturday ride. Meet at the Fish Hatchery Aquarium parking lot at 8:00am and we will ride from there. This month the Natchitoches National Fish Hatchery is hosting their annual Kids Fishing Derby and Open House from 8:00am to 10am. It is a free event that is open to the public. Two great reasons to meet up at the Fish Hatchery this Saturday.

Third Saturday Ride, April 19th

Our monthly Third Saturday Ride is this Saturday, April 19th. Meet up at the Oakland Plantation National Park in Bermuda at 8:00am and we will ride at 8:30am. The weather should be warm and beautiful, the flowers are blooming and you can go as far and fast as you like. We have a 14 mile and 21 mile loop but you can turn back any time you like. It will be a great way to start your day.

Cane River Century Ride

Cane River Century Ride

Online registration is available for the Cane River Century Ride at!

The Bike Natchitoches Cane River Century Ride comprises the following three routes. Unfortunately, the start/end points do not show up on the embedded maps below, so for detailed information about each route, or to download it as a .gpx file (for GPS) or .kml file (for Google Earth), use the following links:

25-mile route

This loop route starts and ends at Oakland Plantation (part of Cane River Creole National Historical Park).

50-mile route

This loop route starts and ends at Prather Coliseum, on the NSU campus in Natchitoches.

100-mile route

This loop route starts and ends at Prather Coliseum, on the NSU campus in Natchitoches.

Oakland Plantation Ride Photos May 2013

Another great group and great ride out of the Oakland Plantation. It was warm and a bit breezy. We broke into a group that did the 14 mile route, and another that did the 21 mile route all the way to the dam at the end of Cane River Lake.

Thanks for all who came and we hope to see you all next time!