Why You Should Travel the Trace by RV

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Exploring the historic Natchez Trace Parkway is a wonderful past-time no matter how you go about it, but a favorite way to travel for visitors to get out and about is in a recreational vehicle.

Natchez Trace Parkway
Natchez Trace Parkway

Exploring the historic Natchez Trace Parkway is a wonderful past-time no matter how you go about it, but a favorite way to travel for visitors to get out and about is in a recreational vehicle. With 444-miles of culture, history, nature, and the arts, traveling the Natchez Trace by RV is a fun way to make the most of one of America’s most beautiful scenic byways.

Before you go, make sure to keep in mind the limits for what sort of RVs the Trace can handle. The length restriction for RVs, including a tow vehicle, 55 feet. Heights limits are 14 feet, and weight limits are set at 40,000 pounds. Pay close attention for bicyclists on this designated bicycling route.

Now let’s talk about the excitement you’ll have traveling by RV!

Photo credit: Natchez Trace Fun Times Guide
Photo credit: Natchez Trace Fun Times Guide

Once you get rolling, you won’t have to worry about navigating traffic too much since the Trace’s speed limits never reach beyond 50 miles per hour – perfect for cruising.

And the Natchez Trace Parkway is set up to handle RVs at just about every point of interest. Just make sure the stop is marked with a sign bearing “no circle drive” before you pull in. For a list of these places where your RV may feel a little cramped, see the short list available on our RVing page, then get ready to start the adventure.

RVs are welcome at Jeff Busby Overlook
RVs are welcome at Jeff Busby Overlook

Another perk of conducting your expedition by RV is that you’ll never feel rushed to get to the next stop or have to worry about finding a hotel. With an RV, you can move along at your own pace, leaving plenty of time for a hike, a history lesson, or even just a hearty traveler’s meal at one of the 18 unique Trace communities.

Jeff Busby Campground at milepost 193.1
Camping on the Natchez Trace

All three public campgrounds located within the Natchez Trace Parkway itself are primitive, but open to RV travelers on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer something a little more fancy or are traveling during a busy time of year, the National Park Service maintains a full list of campgrounds on and near the Trace that’s sure to help guide you and your RV to the perfect pad.

Finally, the best part about moving about by RV is the ability to maximize your time on this 444-mile scenic byway. During the early morning and late evening hours, the Parkway is less likely to be congested, but its natural inhabitants – from whitetail deer to colorful hummingbirds – will be as active as ever. With an RV, you’re just steps from friendly wildlife and moments from catching the next unforgettable sunrise or sunset.

(NPS Photo)
The Perfect Getaway Vehicle (NPS Photo)

For those that like to make the most of every trip, traveling the historic Natchez Trace by RV is mighty hard to beat, and we hope to see you here soon!

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