It’s a New Year on the Natchez Trace

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Natchez Trace Parkway in winter

It’s 2015 on the Natchez Trace! This beautiful and historic 444-mile scenic byway has added another year to its belt. That makes the Trace, let’s say a few thousand years old this January. But why should a person visit the Natchez Trace Parkway in 2015? There are plenty of reasons. Have a New Years resolution? Is it to get in better shape? Spend more time with family? Start a new hobby? In 2015, the Trace is where its at.

Emerald Mound
Emerald Mound

If you’re looking to get in shape, the Natchez Trace Parkway has numerous recreational activities to match any interest or experience level. Whether hiking, biking, walking, jogging, or even paddling your kayak, there are countless opportunities to get out and about. It’s a cyclist-friendly route, where commercial traffic is forbidden and on/off ramps. If you’d like to work out your arms, try paddling around the Ross Barnett Reservoir and catching a fish or two.

Ross Barnett Reservoir and the Natchez Trace Parkway
Ross Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland, MS

Want to spend more time with family? The Parkway offers excellent opportunities for horseback riding, camping, and having a tasty bite to eat. Southern food, BBQ, seafood…. you name it, you can find it in one of the 18 Trace communities from Natchez to Nashville.

The Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail in Tennessee is one of the four Parkway trails available for horseback riding. Photo courtesy: NPS
Horseback riding – Photo courtesy: NPS

Even as you’re traveling to and from your new year’s activities, the Natchez Trace offers stunning views along the length of the drive. Sure–wintertime isn’t known for green leaves and flowers, but the lack of those will help you peer into your surroundings, spotting the old farmhouses and furry inhabitants that usually hide from view in warmer months.

Deer
Wildlife

Pick up a new hobby like gaining more enlightenment by exploring history along the Trace. Originally a series of trails that stretched through the Chickasaw and Choctaw lands from Mississippi to Tennessee, throughout the years it has accumulated rich layers of history that continue to fascinate visitors who travel in the footsteps of all those who’ve trekked before.

A popular historic spot to visit off of the Natchez Trace Parkway is Windsor Ruins in Port Gibson, one of the most photographed sites in Mississippi. In 1890 the main structure was destroyed by fire, leaving only stately columns as mute evidence of a glorious, historic past.

Windsor Ruins Near Port Gibson, MS
Windsor Ruins – Port Gibson, MS

So there you have it – all the excuses you need to make the Natchez Trace Parkway a part of your 2015 trip plans!

To learn more about the Natchez Trace Parkway and plan your trip, give us a call at 866.TRACE56 (872-2356) or visit scenictrace.com. You should also check out helpful information about the Natchez Trace Parkway on National Park Service website here.

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