This historic, 444-mile scenic parkway links Natchez with Nashville and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The Natchez Trace 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. We love the Natchez Trace, and so do visitors from all over!
Published in Fun Times Guide, one Parkway fanatic shares her top 10 reasons why you should put the route on your bucket list:
1. You can learn about the journeys of those who traveled along The Trace as far back as 800 A.D. as well as more recent travelers like Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition and President Andrew Jackson.
2. Enjoy a nostalgic walk and/or drive on parts of the original foot trail — a.k.a. the historic Old Natchez Trace.
3. Commercial traffic is prohibited on the Natchez Trace, so you’re not dodging large vehicles or fast-moving traffic. There’s definitely no hustle & bustle here!
4. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph, so you’re able to enjoy a leisurely drive through the beautiful countryside at your own pace.
5. There is very little traffic on the Natchez Trace Parkway, so you can feel comfortable bicycling, jogging, or even walking on the main road itself. (*note: Tupelo and Ridgeland areas have heavier traffic.)
6. Since there are no billboards, signs, or traffic lights on the Trace, it’s easy to take a step back in time and just enjoy the ride.
7. There are lots of unique places to pull-off and park so you can enjoy the sights and sounds in the area — from creekside rest areas to picnic spots, walking trails, and historic landmarks.
8. With plenty of roadside attractions along the Natchez Trace Parkway, there’s plenty to see and do for all ages.
9. The Natchez Trace Parkway is dog-friendly with plenty of spots to roam and explore — including numerous creeks, bridges, and trails.
10. There’s lodging available in the form of cabins, RV & tent camping, and bed & breakfasts. Even hotels are just a short drive away via some of the exits off The Trace.
We have to agree with Lynette that a visit to the Natchez Trace Parkway is a must! If you love leisure traveling, scenic destinations, delicious food, hiking, bicycling, picnicking, camping, and outdoor fun, it’s time you plan your trip to the Trace.