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“Good bicycling, no facilities, same scenery throughout”

Natchez Trace Parkway
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Tupelo
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Owner description: This 444-mile parkway follows a Native American footpath from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.
Reviewed December 3, 2012

I rode the NTP on my bicycle 80 miles south and 40 miles north out and back from Tupelo, MS. The NTP is pretty good for bicycling: smooth pavement (but minimal shoulders), low speed limit, light traffic. The scenery, although beautiful, has a certain sameness to it: miles and miles of thick woods with a wide grassy park along the roadway, and the occasional field and river. There are numerous historical markers, but most of the ones I saw (except the indian mounds, Confederate graves, and Old Trace) only described something "near here" but there was no evidence of anything to look at except more woods. The most interesting section was a stretch of tornado-obliterated forest south of Tupelo. The April 2011 twister had followed the road center line almost exactly for over seven miles and the destruction is a mile wide! The formerly dense forest, even almost two years later, looked like the aftermath of an artillery battle, with splintered stubs of trees and tangled logs. There are absolutely no facilities other than the occasional restroom at a picnic area, and a few campgrounds, some NTP, some state parks. I camped at two NTP bicycle only areas (Witch Dance and Park HQ no showers), an NTP CG at Jeff Busby (no showers), and Tishimongo State Park CG (excellent facility, with showers). If you need groceries or restaurant food, you have to leave the parkway and ride several miles to a town. Sometimes there is a gas station/store just off the NTP, but don't count on it. Once off the parkway the traffic picks up considerably with semi trucks and the roads rarely have shoulders to ride. Mississippi has a great law regarding bicycles: motorists MUST give a cyclist 3 FEET of room when passing. I did encounter the occasional scofflaws who cut me close (even on the parkway), and even a semi tractor racing down the parkway which is illegal. Even though almost no one obeyed the 50 mph speed limit on the NTP, most people passed me with plenty of room.

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Reviewed November 24, 2012

Did a bit of the drive from Tupelo on North. A very interesting bit of our history; got off and walked part of the original Trace--a must do. Stopped at the visitors center just north of Tupelo and happened upon a dulcimer concert with a number of local clubs, who were more than happy to have us stop in and listen. Wonderful bit of Mississippi experience.

Thank NoVaEmptyNesters
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

The Natchez is a good place just to drive and get away from the lights and town traffic. It is a great place to take the family for a piknic or maybe even just a Sunday drive. My family and I drive it at least twice a month!

Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

I took the Trace while traveling from Hamilton to Jackson MS. I got off on Hwy 82 to go into Winona. Even though the speed limit is 50, there are no big truck and no interruptions. You can make decent time despite the 50 mph limit. No regrets.

Thank Todd C
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Beautiful, relaxing, peaceful drive with nature. Need at least 2 Gas Stations with lighted rest areas between the 3 states though.

Thank Jo E
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