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The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000 years of North American history. This scenic parkway links Natchez with Nashville and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The Parkway has been declared a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road, and has been chosen as one of America’s 10 best biking roads. Open year-round for motorists, hikers and bikers, it provides visitors the opportunity for an unhurried trip through time.

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There are so many great historic and cultural highlights to visit on the Natchez Trace Parkway that it can seem difficult just deciding where to start. Allow us to help! From visiting interpretive sites to enjoying a tasty bite to eat in one of our 18 communities, your Natchez Trace journey will be filled with adventure.

Latest Trace News

‘Fighting Devil’s Backbone’: A story about the Natchez Trace

May 13, 2021

Read the full article on williamsonherald.com. A widow with two sons and no family to help her, Sarah Perkins faced a bleak future remaining in Pennsylvania with her boys in 1809, so she got them passage on a keelboat to Nashville. From there, they would take the Natchez Trace, which ran from Nashville to Natchez, […]

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Top Ten Nature-Infused Reasons To Come And Play In Nashville’s Big Back Yard

April 28, 2021

Read the full article from timesnews.net. LEIPERS FORK, Tenn., April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Nashville’s Big Back Yard is a natural watershed area south of Music City ready to be explored.  This giant playground features scenic vistas, rivers, streams, parks and natural areas. Anchored by 100 miles of the historic Natchez Trace Parkway, Nashville’s Big Back Yard is made up […]

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Natchez Trace Parkway named one of Top 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2020

March 31, 2021

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The Natchez Trace Parkway was ranked one of the Top 10 Most Visited National Parks in 2020, according to the National Park Service. The Natchez Trace Parkway ranked number seven on the list with 6.1 million visitors. See the full list from the National Park Service below: Blue Ridge Parkway – […]

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Ridgeland re-brands spring festival at Renaissance

March 27, 2021

Read the full article from onlinemadison.com. RIDGELAND — As outdoor activities begin to return statewide, officials here say they are looking forward to an art and wine festival slated for late April and early May. The Ridgeland Tourism Commission, the city of Ridgeland and The Memory Impairment and Neurodegenerative Dementia Center at the University of […]

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5 Places to Learn About Black History Along the Natchez Trace

March 3, 2021

By Kristin Luna + Scott van Velsor While the land populating the Natchez Trace dates thousands of years before the Civil War, there are plenty of sites along the parkway that tell the story of Black history in the American South from slavery to the civil rights movement through the present. Don’t drive the Natchez […]

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National Park visits – Surprising statistics about last year’s visitors

March 2, 2021

Read the full article from rvtravel.com. Pandemic points The total number of visits to national parks in 2020? Some 237 million national park visits. Yes, that is down, and a considerable amount, some 28%. Much of that can be attributed to park closures and park restrictions brought about by the earth-engulfing pandemic. But as people […]

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