11/1/2011 7:02:36 PM
This paved trail runs from Audubon Park in uptown New Orleans through Jefferson Parish and into St. Charles Parish. It ends in a small town called New Sarpy. The trail itself is very nice but seems to be always very windy going one way or the other. Being higher you catch the wind. If you want to add a couple more miles to the ride, you can go into Audubon Park at one end of the trail and there is a walking/ jogging/riding path that is two miles. You would cross River Road and go onto Magazine Street for about 3 blocks and enter the park. It is very nice - large old Oak trees line the path with a view of some lovely lagoons.
The path itself is very nice. At times you can see the ships and barges on the Mississippi River where the woods dividing the levee and the river are not too thick. Farther up the river into St. Charles Parish you will see grain elevators. I recommend this path. It is close to suburbs and easy to access. This web site mentions a couple of access points, but there are others as well. There is one in Jefferson Parish slightly upriver from Oschner Hospital on River Road behind Jeffeson Playground. There is a small parking lot next door to a Flea Market. And the restrooms across River Road are usually open at Jefferson Playground. Many cyclists and runners use this path. The Levee Police patrol it quite frequently, so it's pretty safe.
See you out there!!