Gasoline is also sold at a few points along the way, and there are three campgrounds. You'll certainly need a park map before driving. As you drive along, signs will point you to various things to see. These may be waterfalls, Indian mounds, sites of historic Natchez Trace inns the hotels of the day, as it were , river crossings, nature walks. Here's a brief overview within the sections that I listed earlier. Section 1: Nashville to Tupelo - This is perhaps the most scenic part to drive. Here you have two wonderful waterfalls Jackson and Fall Hollow , the latter of which cascades down 40 feet.
And then there is the magnificant parkway bridge, over Tenn. This bridge is 1, feet long, and towers above the highway below. You can see tobacco being grown, the Metal Ford of the Duck River, and the monument where to Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark fame was either murdered, or committed suicide they aren't sure. This section also includes the small part of the route that Alabama got, including a huge bridge over the Tennessee River, and a natural spring, where Indians got water.
More Indian mounds are found in the Mississippi section.
Southern Natchez Trace | Guided Tours | Adventure Cycling Association
You also cross over the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway. Like all sections of the parkway, you have your share of historic inn sites, and old trace areas to explore. The entrance to this portion of the parkway in the very northern part is just a simple intersection off Tenn.
There's no visitor's center. Use McCroy Lane exit off Interstate 40 to get to it. Section 2: Tupelo to Jackson - Tupelo has the headquarters of the park, which includes a bookstore and information station. The section between Tupelo and Jackson is rich in Native American history, including Indian mounds and the site of a Indian village.
Historical markers along the way tell of the roll the French inn owner Louis LeFleur had in the central Mississippi area. Section 3: Jackson to Natchez - This roughly mile stretch contains the only part of the parkway I haven't personally been on - a small section around Jackson itself.
Just another WordPress site
That portion of the parkway which parallels Interstate has been planned and worked on literally for decades. It was finally completed just a few years ago.
- I Love Lucy: The Untold Story.
- Their Taydelaan (Siren Publishing Menage Amour).
- 12 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Natchez | PlanetWare!
The rest of the route has Civil War history, such as a marker explaining the Battle of Raymond, in the Vicksburg campaign. There are two major stopping points along this route - Rocky Springs and Mount Locust. The Mount Locust site has an example of one of the many inns that were located along the trace. It's feet long, feet wide and 35 feet high. Finally you reach or start at Natchez, which was the overland starting point back to Nashville for many people who had floated rafts full of goods down the Mississippi River, to markets in New Orleans.
Natchez is an historical treasure in itself with beautiful homes, and an historic riverfront. As I say, take your time, plan your trip, and send for a free map in advance. Go to the website and look it all up. It's all too much for me to write about here. Don't forget you may want to spend some time at nearby battlefields, like Shiloh and Vicksburg, or spend some time in places like Nashville, Vicksburg, Port Gibson, Tupelo, Jackson or Natchez.
The parkway is a treat, and has a little something for just about everyone, but plan it wisely. We thoroughly enjoyed our two days traveling the Trace from Natchez to Nashville. Beautiful road and countryside. We appreciated the detailed brochure that allowed us to pick and chose the sites we wanted to visit. Visitor Center at Tupelo was nice and the Ranger there was very friendly and informative.
Only once did we have a problem and that was because the Trace was in the process of being repaved. There were no signs to warn us at the Trace on ramp and we had no idea what we were in for. We got of as soon as we could and continued to Hiway 61 and on into Natchez.
We have never had a problem with local traffic. Yes there are some who ignore the 50 MPH speed limit. We dont let them bother us, if they want to speed, they risk a hefty fine.
- Der Geheimnisvolle (German Edition).
- Natchez Trails and Walking Tour.
- Manual A Walking Tour of Natchez, Mississippi (Look Up, America!).
- More Books by Doug Gelbert.
- Get e-book A Walking Tour of Natchez, Mississippi (Look Up, America!)?
We have seen more than one being stopped. There are several historic and nature sites to visit as well as clean, well pretty clean, restrooms and several fine camping and picnic stops along the Trace. Sorry that some didn't find it to their liking, maybe it was a bad day.
They could have been on the part of the Trace that runs between Jackson and Nashville. We havent driven that one but hope to soon.
We traveled the Trace Parkway last summer. We did not find the trip "a leisurely ride" as stated in the article. We found that the locals use the Parkway for their daily travels between points in Mississippi and they do not want drive as slow as 40 to 50 mph. They will push you until you pull-over and let them pass. No traffic enforcement was observered in our two day trip. Flights Vacation Rentals Restaurants Things to do. Cart 0. Tip: All of your saved places can be found here in My Trips.
Log in to get trip updates and message other travelers. Profile Join. Log in Join. A beautiful, historic drive! Natchez Trace Parkway.
Southern Natchez Trace
Review Highlights. Reviewed 2 days ago. Reviewed 3 days ago. Review of Natchez Trace Parkway.
More Show less. See all 1, reviews. Reviews 1, Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets. European settlement on these bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River began with the French in They called their settlement Fort Rosalie but the French never found peace with the Natchez Indians who had built a civilization in the area around ceremonial mounds.
The Natchez descended on the French in and wiped out the French colony, killing men women and children.
30 Things To Do in Natchez, Mississippi
The French, supported by Indian enemies of the Natchez, systematically destroyed the tribe over the next two years. The Natchez were gone but the French named the town after the vanquished Native Americans. Great Britain won Natchez after defeating the French in the s and rule passed through Spanish and American hands until all Spanish claims to the land were surrendered to the United States in The county was named for President John Adams and Natchez was made the first capital of the new Mississippi Territory.
The government would soon move to Washington six miles to the east but was back in Natchez in when Mississippi became the 20th state in the Union. In the legislature departed for good, to the more centrally located Jackson and after that the townsfolk got down to doing what they did best - making money. Natchez was a key shipping post on the Mississippi River.
Boatmen would float down the river from Kentucky and Ohio and sell their goods and their boats for lumber. Then they would pack up and head back north or so miles on an old buffalo trail that came to be known as the Natchez Trace. Then they tried cotton. So much cotton was grown and shipped out of Natchez that the town could lay claim to being the wealthiest planters in America. Natchez was hurt by the Civil War but one thing the conflict did not take away was its housing stock.