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“Natchez Trace Parkway near Nashville, Tennessee” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway
2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, MS 38804
800-305-7417
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Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Tupelo
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Activities: Biking, Driving, Hiking, Horseback riding, Walking
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Owner description: This 444-mile parkway follows a Native American footpath from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.
Dallas, Texas
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“Natchez Trace Parkway near Nashville, Tennessee”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

This serpentine parkway is a scenic and relaxing drive from just south of Nashville, Tennessee, to Natchez, MS. We only drove on it for about 50 miles, but it was beautiful.

It is a true parkway, with no bathrooms, gas, etc., so plan your route and make your gas stop before entering the parkway.

I have read that it is particularly beautiful in the Spring when the dogwood trees bloom. We saw some turning of the leaves in early October, but I think the full turning would be early November.

We saw almost no other cars and NO semis.

Visited October 2012
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“Great Harley Ride!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Beautiful scenery, Nice smooth traveling. Just be aware of signs not much notice of up coming off ramps. Clean rest areas. Informative signage at rest areas and points of interest.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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“National Treasure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

I returned to the Natchez Trace with my daughter after a long absence. Fond memories became a reality again as I got to enjoy the relaxing nature of driving on the no-stress road with continually beautiful surrounding.

We entered the road at Highway 64 in Tennessee and exited at Highway 78 in Missippi and made a return trip exiting at Highway 72 and resuming at Highway 20. Even late at night, there is traffic- the road is likely a commuter road for those in Florence and Tupelo and other cities without interstate access. However the strictly enforced speed limit and civilized drivers are a plus, as is the ban on commercial traffic. Receational vehicles are allowed, and they are notorious for constipating traffic on two lane roads, but this was not an issue on this trip and it is a perfect road for the RV traveler in any event.

The Freedom Hills Overlook (mm317) is spectacular but is a quarter-mile uphill walk so not for those who don't excercise. The Cave Spring (mm308.4) is also recommended. Several Indian mounds are in close proximity to the road and can be seen and photographed from the car at pull-off points.

Restrooms along the route are another convenience. Be forewarned that the Colbert Ferry rest rooms are a good five mile trip on winding acess road from the Parkway. Obtaining one of the paper maps is recommended and those maps are far more user-friendly than the website map.

Conceived and opened in 1938 when driving was considered recreation, the Natchez Trace is still a place where driving can be fun again.

Visited October 2012
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Picayune, Mississippi
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“The Trace - Natchez to the TN Border”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Having ridden a motorcycle on snippets of "The Trace" before, this longer excursion brought into clearer focus of what this experience is, and is not. In and of itself, the road is an anacrhronism of an earlier time, when the journey was the thing, not the destination. It is easy to imangine yourself in an earler age, before interstates, as the road genlty bends to and fro, without the clutter of modern days, or the urge to speedly arrive.

The road surface itself is remarkable, with at least 95% falling into the "Velvet Road" catagory. In fact, it is so smooth, travellers are cautioned to take breaks, should they become drowsy. This speaks to one of the greater challenges: there are times when the travel is a bit boring. What you find in Natchez, is what you will find along much of the roiute: a very smooth roadway, gentle rising/falling elevation changes and broadly sweeping curves along an immaculately manicured verge. Given the often sun-dappled surface, it would be easy to be lulled into a state of sleepiness, or inattentiveness. With a stringently enforced 50 mph or, briefly less, speed limit, coupled with a "no commercial vehicles allowed," rule, there are few vehicles on The Trace. In my, (nearly 600 miles, out and back,) travel there were more govenment maintenace vehicles than civilian.

Travelling here, particulaly on a motorcycle, requires doing your homework, especially for gas stops. If you are going to be doing more than a quick "get on and get off" segment, then you should consider a few things. First, there is no gasoline and lodging available on The Trace and there are no markers along the route which indicate where you may find them. Secondly, with the single exception of French Camp (open 10 AM - 7 PM) at Mile Marker 180.7, there is no food service. Thirdly, the readilly available route map does not indicate interchange access to adjacent towns. In other words, you are left on your own for these needs. My suggestion is you obtain a guidebook, before you go, or use the internet for guidance.Take a look at www.natcheztracetravel.com for a lists of gas, lodging and other services, listed by milepost. Be advised: the lists may not be fully up to date. The one item, which seems to be in reasonable supply, are restrooms along the way.

This brings us to the approximately 100 (so called) stops, which include historical markers, identifcation of portions of the traditional Old Trace. camping, water features, etc. Somewhat irritating, are the several stops which note an historical occurrance which took place a distance away from the stop and/or where there are no visible remnants.(Granted, many events are 200 years old.) It seems a bit like noting the Gettysburg Address from a road sign in Baltimore. Again, a guide book will offer the best choices for your interests and stops.

For the urban traveler, seeking a bit of quet motoring peace in the "country" this may be a welcome respite. The Trace should also be considered as an alternate, more direct (nee faster,) route between cities, (Jackson to Tupelo for example,) in spite of the slower speeds.

Visited October 2012
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“Peaceful and calming”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

We drove the parkway from outside Vicksburg to Natchez. We essentially had the road to ourselves. It was a very pleasant drive and I recommend it over an interstate any day.

Visited September 2012
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