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.
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