Springing Into Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

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Springing Into Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

Springing Into Mississippi’s Natchez Trace Parkway

Spring break is just around the corner, and it is the perfect time to start planning a fantastic seasonal road-trip through the Mississippi portion of the Natchez Trace, exploring the towns of Natchez, Raymond, Clinton, Jackson, Ridgeland, French Camp, Tupelo and Tishomingo.

The state features scenic nature sites, history and culture, outdoor recreation and roots laid by the best artists and musicians in American history.

Southern hospitably abounds in Natchez as it is perched high on the bluffs overlooking the magnificent Mississippi River. Natchez, MississippiWith a fascinating history spanning more than three centuries, Natchez easily blends the old and the new. It is home to an extraordinary collection of historical structures, residences and churches, as well as immaculately preserved antebellum mansions, four National Park sites, prehistoric Indian mounds and the stunning Natchez Trace Parkway.

Raymond, a small antebellum city, is 40 miles north of Port Gibson. Raymond welcomes visitors with its picturesque charm and Civil War history. A driving tour highlights the historic Hinds County Courthouse and the Dupree House. The Confederate Cemetery and the Civil War Battlefield include a walking trail, allowing visitors to see where history was made in 1863.

 

Clinton, just southwest of Mississippi’s capitol city, offers a variety of unique experiences for visitors of all ages. The numerous historical landmarks, as well as the robust visitor center, will appeal to history buffs. The museum room highlights the history of the Natchez Trace through Clinton, hosts monthly “Mississippi Old Time Music Society” jam sessions and has changing exhibits throughout the year. Numerous walking paths and activities are available at one of Clinton’s many parks. The charming brick streets of Clinton’s Olde Towne complement a variety of unique shops, restaurants and hotels.

Jacksonians have a triumphant spirit and are passionate individuals. Thanks to their innate sense of genuine welcome, you’ll instantly feel at home. Jackson is the ideal location for your next vacation thanks to its attractions, award-winning chefs, distinctive restaurants, countless entertaining events, three historic cultural districts, plenty of visual and performing arts and hip nightlife.

Ridgeland presents a surprising fusion of nature and style to discerning tourists. Boutique and upscale shopping, outdoor adventures, dining of all types and the Bill Waller Craft Center help Ridgeland maximize Mississippi’s pleasant climate by fusing the inside and outdoors. Visitors are greeted by the natural beauty and exceptional recreational options of the 33,000-acre Barnett Reservoir, whose north side skirts along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

French Camp’s Historic District sits directly on the Natchez Trace Parkway and offers a glimpse into the daily activities of early settlers. Set your watch back – to the 1800s – and stay a while as you a bed and breakfast, historic buildings and special attractions, such as the pottery studio, gift shop, restaurant and museum.

In Tupelo, at the Natchez Trace Parkway headquarters, visitors may immerse themselves in the road’s vibrant and thrilling history through recently redesigned and improved exhibits that mix learning with fun. The chance to participate in tasks like crafting corn shuck dolls, weaving baskets, beading and working with leather is provided by living history demonstrations for both adults and children. The city of Tupelo offers a wide range of lodging options, the birthplace or Elvis Presley and award-winning culinary experiences.

Tishomingo Swinging Bridge
Tishomingo Swinging Bridge

Tishomingo County is home to Woodall Mountain, Mississippi’s highest point, two award-winning state parks and a national park. It is located in the Appalachian Mountains’ foothills. Caverns, canyons, a swinging bridge, a covered bridge, miles of hiking trails and streams perfect for canoeing, fishing and swimming make this an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.

Mississippi abounds in historic and cultural experiences, mouth-watering food, southern hospitality and a climate made for year-round outdoor enjoyment, so get to planning your Spring trip now!

Holiday Fun in Tupelo, Mississippi

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Holiday Fun in Tupelo, Mississippi

Holiday Fun in Tupelo, Mississippi

One of the wonders of the Natchez Trace that make it so special are the featured communities along the parkway. Tupelo, Mississippi, is one of those amazing communities. Not only is Tupelo important to the Natchez Trace but it is a lively city in northeast Mississippi with plenty of attractions, events, restaurants and shops for everyone to enjoy. 

The city of Tupelo is located in the middle of the parkway and is home to the Natchez Trace Parkway Headquarters and Visitor Center at milepost 266.

Known at the birthplace of Elvis Presley, visitors may tour his home, a museum that chronicles his life, and the church he attended. An Elvis’ Tupelo Driving Tour or Self-Guided Bicycle Tour takes you to 14 places, including the Birthplace, that were an important part of his formative years in Tupelo.  

Tupelo is more than just Elvis, offering something for everyone to enjoy. Travel through a herd of buffalo and visit over 260 exotic animals at the Tupelo Buffalo Park and Zoo.

Explore the city’s three distinct shopping districts including Downtown Tupelo which is home to many unique, local boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, and more. 

Listen to live music in the birthplace of an international icon. It will be easy to find a great artist at one of Tupelo’s many live music venues throughout the week. 

There is always something fun to do in Tupelo. Listed below are some of the upcoming events we think you should check out. 

Public Ice Skating at Cadence Bank Arena – select dates November 25, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Ice skating at the Cadence Bank Arena throughout the winter. Skate rentals are included with entry fee.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at Cadence Bank Arena – December 8, 2022
Celebrate the season with this holiday spectacular in Downtown Tupelo. Tickets are available at cb-arena.com.  

Tupelo’s New Year’s Eve Party – December 31, 2022
Held in a safe, secure environment, the event has something for all ages to celebrate at the start of 2023. KidsFest kicks off the night and the fun continues with live music, fireworks, and a countdown to midnight from the Fairpark Stage.

For more information on these events and more visit https://www.tupelo.net/.

Tupelo Heritage Trails

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Tupelo Heritage Trails

Tupelo’s heritage trails preserve Tupelo’s rich history through the interpretation of major sites on the Chickasaw Native American Trail, Civil War Trail and the Civil Rights & African American trail. Each distinct trail explores the specific people, places and events that shaped Tupelo’s story during that time.  For more information, visit www.tupelo.net.

New Bed & Breakfast along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Kickstand Cottage

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New Bed & Breakfast along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Kickstand Cottage

New Bed & Breakfast along the Natchez Trace Parkway: Kickstand Cottage

Summertime is officially here, and there isn’t a better time to get out and enjoy the Natchez Trace Parkway! If you’re setting your sights on the numerous opportunities for recreation along one of the country’s greatest scenic byways, you’ll be sure to have fun no matter how you choose to spend your day. However, when the sun sinks down below the oaks and pines, even the most intrepid of travelers will probably start to wonder where they can find some well-deserved rest.
Luckily, not too much has changed on the Trace during the last few hundred years. Just like the traders and woodsmen of days past, the modern traveler can find a cozy bed and great food at a wealth of local bed and breakfasts scattered along the trail.
The newest of those retreats is the Kickstand Cottage Bed and Breakfast in Baldwyn, MS. Located near Tupelo, the small B&B is a family-friendly operation which welcomes all guests, but offers special amenities which may prove extra useful to those traveling by bicycle or motorcycle. Particularly for those peddling down the Natchez Trace, Kickstand Cottage offers a shuttle service to and from the Trace, along with safe and secure overnight storage of bicycles and gear. You can find more information about offers and amenities HERE.
If you’re looking for quiet place to recharge along the Trace, Kickstand Cottage will fit the bill. The B&B is only fifteen minutes from Tupelo, MS and four miles from the Natchez Trace itself. Still, it is just enough off the beaten path to insure that you’ll enjoy a quiet evening around the fire pit and the farm-fresh breakfast awaiting you in the morning. So next time you go adventuring along the Trace, be sure to check out the byway’s newest B&B, the Kickstand Cottage in Baldwyn, MS.
To join the conversation about the things to do and places to visit along the Parkway this summer, “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @TheNatchezTrace!

Weezie’s Deli

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Weezie’s Deli

Deli sandwiches, fresh salads

The Stable’s

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The Stable’s

Neon Pig

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Neon Pig

Food bar featuring salad, sandwiches, lettuce wraps, daily specials and dessert. Originally started as a chef’s market, the Neon Pig is taking all the fresh produce, meat and delicacies they sell and whipping them into the best menu combinations in town. Love those strangely exotic pickles on your chicken bun – they will sell them to you. Try out the wickles, sweet drass dairy and Benton’s Bacon on your trip to the Neon Pig.

Crossroads Rib Shack

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Crossroads Rib Shack

3061 Tupelo Commons
Tupelo MS
662-844-1700
All major credit cards accepted
Hours: M-F 11:00 a.m. 10p.m. Fri-Sun 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.

Fresh Market Cafe

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Fresh Market Cafe

Our healthy home-cooking begins from scratch using fresh, wholesome ingredients. Fresh Market Cafe only uses stocks, no grease, oil or butter to cook our harvest-fresh vegetables, bringing out their natural, amazing flavors. Our signature pies, yeast rolls and skillet cornbread are all a labor of love prepared and baked every morning in our kitchen. The menu is designed so guests can create their own plates by choosing from our selection of tasty meats, vegetables, breads and desserts. We are convenient for people and families constantly on the go, but guests can rest easy that our healthy menu choices will always satisfy their homecooking craving.

Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

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Best Western Plus Inn & Suites

3158 North Gloster Street
Tupelo MS
662-847-0300
Toll Free: 1-800-780-7234
Fax: 662-847-0301
Pets allowed:  No

80 total rooms; 16 suites; Free wireless internet, Heated indoor pool; Fitness center; Complimentary hot breakfast

Fairfield Inn and Suites

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Fairfield Inn and Suites

3070 Tom Watson Road
Saltillo MS 38866
Phone: 662-680-6798
Email: julie.fulton@marriott.com
www.marriott.com/tupfi
Pets Allowed: No

Tupelo’s Fairfield Inn and Suites by Mariott gives you confidence that your trip will be a success because we consistently deliver a hotel experience taht’s just right. We provide you with just what you need, and skip what you don’t, so travel is easy and productive. Our hotel is conveniently located near downtown Tupelo, BancorpSouth Arena and Elvis Presley attractions yet directly across from The Mall at Barnes Crossing. Our couteous staff is available to help 24 hours a day. Take advantage of our complimentary amenities at every Fairfield Inn and Suites. Including breakfast, in-room high-speed internet and wi-fi in the lobby. Relax and unwind with our plush mattresses and fluffy pillow. Or work off some steam in our indoor pool and exercise room. Our 24 hour market has snacks and travel items. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, Fairfield Inn and Suites provides everything you need to make the most of your stay. Great value and great service, all backed by a name you can believe in. Marriott.

Hampton Inn & Suites

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Hampton Inn & Suites

1116 Carter Cove
Tupelo MS 38804
Phone: 662-821-0317
Fax: 662-821-0318
Email: stephanie.browning2@hilton.com
www.tupelobarnescrossingsuites.hampton

The Hampton Inn and Suites hotel has 88 guest rooms and is minutes from The Mall at Barnes Crossing and local points of interset like Elvis Presley Lake, the Tupelo Furniture Market, Bancorp South Arena and Tupelo Buffalo Park & Zoo. Hotel features and amenities include: complimentary hot breakfast & coffee; free wireless high-speed internet access; free USA Today papers; indoor heated pool and fitness center. It also features an on-site business center that provides modern conveniences like a public computer with internet access and copy and fax service for added convenience, there is a meeting room located on the premises. All guest rooms have microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, curved shower rods, work desks, 42″ flat-screen televisions, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards, voice mail and satellite television that includes the Japenese channel and free HBO. Handicap accessible and connecting rooms can be requested. Laundry facilities are located on the premises and same day valet cleaning service is offered. Free parking is available and can accommodate most cars, trucks or buses.

Elvis Homecoming Statue

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Elvis Homecoming Statue

elvisstatuePlaced in honor of Elvis Presley, Tupelo’s most famous native son, this
larger than life statue was placed to commemorate the 35th anniversary of
Elvis’ death in August 2012.  It faces east toward his birthplace with
Tupelo City Hall over his left shoulder and the Tupelo Hardware (where
Gladys bought Elvis’ first guitar) over his right shoulder.

Fairpark District – 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804

800-533-0611

Email:  visittupelo@tupelo.net

Crow’s Neck RV Campground

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Crow’s Neck RV Campground

Crow’s Neck RV Campground is a long-term and short-term RV camping with all hookups, general store, food service and fuel sales. It is located on Bay Springs Lake at Crow’s Neck Boat Ramp and Fishing Area.

76 County Road 115, Tishomingo, Mississippi 38873

Phone: 662-438-6495

Woody’s

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Woody’s

619 N. Gloster St.
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-840-0460
Hours
Tues-Sat 5pm-10pm
Certified Angus steaks, wild game, fresh seafood; Karaoke nightly in lounge and live entertainment on the weekends

Ms. Ruth’s Express

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Ms. Ruth’s Express

499 Gloster Creek Village I-2
Tupelo, MS
Phone: (662) 891-9992
Monday thru Friday 10:30am to 1:30pm

McAlister’s Deli

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McAlister’s Deli

495 S. Gloster St
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-680-3354
Hours
Sun-Thurs: 10:30am-9pm | Fri-Sat: 10:30am-10pm

Lenny’s Sub Shop

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Lenny’s Sub Shop

3437 Tupelo Commons
Tupelo, MS
Phone: 662-841-1888
Hours
Sun-Sat: 10:30am-9pm