Fall Foliage on the Scenic Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway

When you visit the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, an All-American Road and National Scenic Byway, you’ll discover spectacular views of fall foliage that you won’t find anywhere else in The South. This fascinating parkway links Natchez with Nashville and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.

As a National Scenic Byway, a road recognized by the U.S. Department of Transportation for intrinsic qualities, including: archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational, and scenic — it’s clear the Trace lives up to this recognition. This 444-mile route was named one of America’s most beautiful scenic byways AND one of America’s best drives by the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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Autumn is one of the more popular seasons to visit the Trace. In mid to late October, the weather cools down and the maple, hickory, oak and other hardwood trees begin to change colors. Visitors have the opportunity to view the brilliant fall foliage as it comes to life.

The picturesque red and orange colors offer an unforgettable travel experience. And we aren’t the only ones who agree! Travel magazines such as Condē Nast Traveler highlighted the route as one of “The Ten Best Secret Fall Foliage Getaways.” National Parks Traveler has also encouraged its readers to take the open road of the Natchez Trace during fall. Roadtrippers quoted in their article, “A beautiful road trip, especially this time of year.”

Check out these 2016 Fall Foliage Photos along scenic Trace.

As you can see, the Parkway’s autumn backdrop provides amazing display of color for its visitors. If you make the Natchez Trace you’re next getaway–a wise choice–you won’t be disappointed by its exceptional scenery! Our friends at NPS have a few suggestions on where to enjoy the foliage as well as an updated fall color report here.

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