Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace Parkway Reviews
Slow, relaxing and enjoyable! May 01, 2013
This national parkway runs for nearly 450 miles from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. And one of the main nice things about it is that commercial vehicles are prohibited. We did the first 80 miles or so and saw only wonderful trees, brush and grass. The two lane road meanders along and there is a 50 mph speed limit so the idea is to go slow, relax, and enjoy the views and ride.
The trace began as a footpath used by Native Americans and early explorers to travel across the region. In the late 1700s the route was in heavy use by Ohio Valley farmers, who floated their goods down the Mississippi, sold those goods and their flatboats for lumber, and then returned home on foot. By the early 1800s several inns were located along the route to cater to the increasing traffic.
There are turnouts every few miles to give people a chance to watch for birds and other animals that are seen frequently along this quiet forested trail.
There are no hotels or gas stations along the route but there are three campgrounds along the way.
For sure, this is a wonderfully relaxing drive with all of its scenic views.
Part of the Roadtrip 2013 travel blog
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