Springtime along the Natchez Trace Parkway

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It’s springtime which means dogwoods along the Parkway, cycling, hiking, fishing, camping and more! Spring is a great time to get out and explore the Natchez Trace: warm weather, beautiful scenery and even take part in the fun community activities. There is so much to see and do on the Trace this spring and summer!

It’s springtime which means dogwoods along the Parkway, cycling, hiking, fishing, camping and more. Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore the Natchez Trace: warm weather, beautiful scenery and fun recreational activities. There is so much to see and do on the Trace this spring and summer!

Cycling along the Parkway
Cycling along the Parkway

CyclingThere’s one thing all riders agree: the Parkway offers an easy-going, easy-to-love experience. The National Park Service has designated the entire 444 miles as a bicycle route, and with light automotive traffic— commercial traffic prohibited—slow speeds (only 50 miles per hour) and no stop signs or intersections, bikers can relax and enjoy an exceptionally scenic roadway, unspoiled by commercial signage or development, and offering up gorgeous vistas at every turn, from forests to farmlands to rivers and lakes. Those who have biked the Parkway suggest that planning is the key to a great experience. Plan your cycling trip and learn more here.

Dogwoods on the Natchez Trace
Dogwoods on the Natchez Trace

Dogwoods: This is the perfect time to explore the Natchez Trace for dogwood blooms. Dogwoods are at their peak in April so be sure to pull out your camera and snap your own beautiful photos of flowers along the Parkway. Click here to see Common Wildflowers of the Trace.

Take a walk through historyThe 450-mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest.  You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did – on foot. Today there are over five separate trails on the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, totaling over 60 miles and they are administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Potkopinu Trail – Experience history as you walk along this quiet, three-mile “sunken” trail, altered by the feet of thousands of travelers. Shallow water crossings.

Rocky Springs Trail – About 30 miles southwest of Jackson, Mississippi, near Port Gibson, the Rocky Springs section offers ten miles of trail.

Yockanookany Trail – The Yockanookany Trail is 24 miles long and passes through a variety of areas of historical significance and natural beauty.

Learn more about the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail here.

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

Recreational Activities:

On the Natchez Trace Parkway, a wealth of recreational assets makes for endlessly repeatable fun. Wildlife viewing, scenery stealing, fishing, hiking, biking and water fun are all possible. The Natchez Trace Parkway is an outdoor paradise. It provides recreational fun for all ages and outdoor lovers. Land, water, plant, animal, the Parkway offers a multitude of ways to play and a dazzling array of places to simply soak in the natural wonders of a beautifully preserved landscape.

Click here to learn more about recreational activities on the Trace.

Explore the Natchez Trace Parkway’s beauty and fresh air this spring! Don’t forget to follow The Natchez Trace on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram @TheNatchezTrace to stay up with the latest news this spring.