We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“didnt do the park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Natchez Trace Parkway National Park

Natchez Trace Parkway National Park
Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez, MS
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 31 Attractions in Natchez
Type: Outdoors
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Natchez Trace Parkway begins in Natchez, MS and extends thru parts of Alabama and Tennessee. There are many historical lookouts and trails along the parkway.
Auckland Region, New Zealand
Top Contributor
110 reviews 110 reviews
29 attraction reviews
Reviews in 50 cities Reviews in 50 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“didnt do the park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

But take the road it is one of the most scenic roads in the area and next to no traffic.

We were told to try not to travel at at dusk or evening as there are many deer on the roads.

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

92 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    76
    15
    1
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Natchez to Nashville”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We made the trip in 2-days. Thank you NPS for a beautiful, well-maintained parkway. It's a nice easy drive, and the NT mileage brochure was very helpful in determining where to stop. Loved Jackson Falls. Bring a picnic lunch for one of the picnic areas. Weekenders don't really maintain the 50-mph speed limit, but during the week, it was clear sailing! Take your time and enjoy the views!

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Glen Burnie, Maryland
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Lovely, scenic drive (Tennessee portion)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The parkway 'starts' in Natchez MS and heads north, but we picked it up at the northern end in Tennessee, near Nashville, and drove about 49 miles of it south to the exit at Tennessee Route 412. It was a fantastic trip, and took us about 3.5 hours with all our stops along the way.

We didn't stop at every location along this stretch, but stopped at a handful, and enjoyed the following stops the most - Gordon House Historic Site (house and short walk to ferry location; restrooms available!), Jackson Falls (paved hike to falls); Fall Hollow (short paved walk to see one falls; unimproved (rough ground) trail hiking to see a few other falls) and the Meriwether Lewis gravesite.

There are several places were you can walk along original sections of the Trace, and I think 2 places where you can drive original sections of the Trace (only one on the section we traveled, but I know there is at least one other further south).

Speed limit varies from 35 to 50 MPH but seemed to be 45 MPH for the majority of the section we traveled. National Park Service designates the entire parkway as a bike route, and there were MANY bicyclists traveling the route the day we were there (a Sunday in early August). Motorists are required to give at least 3 feet space when passing, so we were traveling behind some bicyclists for awhile before we found a place to pass them. Please be considerate.

There are no restaurants, gas stations, or hotels/motels along the parkway itself, so it's worth checking out the map and planning ahead for where to exit the Parkway to obtain those services if needed. There are many entrances and exits off the Parkway, so it's not generally a problem. The Park Sevice website has a link to a PDF listing some facilities in each area of the road on its "Plan your Visit" page - http://www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/index.htm

We could EASILY have spent more time here and gone further along, but we also wanted to visit Shiloh Battlefield and so we picked the most convenient exit point for us to do that. If we're ever in the area again, though, we would spend more time along the Parkway. Peaceful and scenic, awesome experience.

Visited August 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Cycle Touring the Natchez Trace”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

While researching cycle tour routes in the United States we discovered the Natchez Trace Parkway. The Natchez Trace is rated as one of the USA's top 10 cycle routes. It is 444 miles long crossing three states and is a designated bike route. No commercial vehicles are allowed, a low speed limit is strictly enforced, cars are required by law to give you 3 feet when passing, camping is FREE and there are designated bike only campsites! We spent several days along the Trace and must agree that it is a top 10 route. Cyclists can enjoy the full 444 miles or choose to cycle shorter segments. There are no services on the route, so you must pay attention to maps and carefully plan food purchases. We have detailed descriptions, pictures and route information on our blog at www.rwnetworks.blogspot.ca. Enjoy the Trace - you will not be disappointed!

Visited June 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rodney, Canada
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Slow down and enjoy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

We took our time and travelled from Nashville to Natchez on the Trace. Using a guide book and other material we collected along the way, we thoroughly enjoyed our slower paced drive. We really enjoyed our stop at the Wayne County Visitor's Centre, the Merriwether stop and several hikes suggested along the route.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes 2
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Natchez Trace Parkway National Park also viewed

 

Been to Natchez Trace Parkway National Park? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Natchez Trace Parkway National Park, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.