Taking the Natchez Trace on two wheels—whether on bicycle or motorcycle—is a popular activity. Bicycling and motorcycling are great ways to get an up-close experience of nature. Moreover, commercial traffic is prohibited, the speed limit is 50 mph and the parkway is in great shape, making it an easy ride with lots to see and do along the way. The National Park Service (NPS) provides three general and five bicycle campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway to help make cycling visits more enjoyable, and there are many “cyclist friendly” accommodations along the way.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is the ultimate motorcycle route. This 444-mile historic route from Natchez to Nashville, TN winds its curvy roads through beautiful scenery, historic sites, unique attractions, with places to stay and delicious restaurants. What more could you ask for in a motorcycle ride? Motorcycle riders from all walks of life enjoy cruising the Natchez Trace Parkway and appreciate the incredible journey. Because riders can choose to travel across three states or go a shorter distance with stops along the way, it makes for a unique experience. Plus, commercial traffic is prohibited, the speed limit is 50 mph and the parkway is in great shape, making it an easy ride with lots to see and do along the way.
Magical, mysterious, majestic. - however you envision the outdoor beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway, be sure you picture a spectacular view around every bend and a place so unspoiled you can easily feel the centuries slip away, along with every day cares and troubles. The natural world of the Natchez Trace is truly picture perfect. To get the most out of your Parkway explorations, we suggest you bring binoculars and hiking boots and hit one of 28 different hiking and self-guided trails, totaling 100 miles, including 64 miles of national scenic trails, which make up this hiking heaven.
RVs are a popular way to see the Parkway for many reasons. Frequent pullouts provided at historic and scenic points of interest will accommodate even the largest RV. There are free campgrounds along the Trace on a first come basis, with commercial campgrounds found just off the Parkway all along its route. Plus, commercial traffic is prohibited, the speed limit is 50 mph and the parkway is in great shape, making it an easy ride with lots to see and do along the way.
Foliage, Blooms and Wildlife
If its petals, feathers and canopies of trees that interest you, considering choosing this itinerary based on these numbers:
- 157 types of birds (and still counting), from jewel-toned hummingbirds to lumbering flocks of wild turkey to graceful, long-limbed blue heron live on the Natchez Trace Parkway
- 2,202 types of plant species, including hardwoods, conifers, old growth and new, from lacy spring dogwood blooms to knobby cypress knees breaking black swamp water to the blaze of fall colors on towering maples and oaks thrive on the Trace
- 205 mammals, herptiles and fish species, including deer, fox, armadillo, coyote and eight species federally listed as threatened or endangered 15 nature trails exist on the Trace free from commercial encroachment