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“Enjoy the drive”

Natchez Trace Parkway
Ranked #2 of 28 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 January 25, 2013

We have traveled the Trace from near Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS and love it! The speed limit is 50, so you can really enjoy looking around at the beautiful scenery as you drive. There are numerous landmarks and scenic spots along the way to stop and enjoy. Our favorites are the waterfalls in TN and the enormous Emerald Mound (Indian ceremonial site) in MS. The drive is especially beautiful in spring and fall. We frequently spot deer and wild turkey along the way. There are 3 free campgrounds at Meriwether Lewis Park in TN and 2 in MS. Watch out for bicycles along the way, since the Trace is popular with cyclists.

8  Thank slair
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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.

2  Thank Rodneyresident
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

We weren't planning on traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway on this trip but the opportunity opened up and we jumped at it. I've been wanting to make this run for several years now and it was pure joy intermingling history, beauty, nature, and good ole Southern Charm for the 330 miles of the 440 miles that we travelled. All the park rangers were very helpful -- and also looked like they were glad to have visitors stop and chat.

Go -- no matter what the season! We feared that by visiting in January we might not seen enough of interest to make the trip worthwhile -- but by visiting this time we had our tastebuds tingles and we'll be back for sure.

2  Thank Peter P
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The scenery is especially pretty in the fall in the northern section and the spring in the southern section. The road is being improved and it needed it. In recent years the troopers are not very evident. Watch out for deer and other wild animals when you travel the Trace to avoid an accident.

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

We travelled the full length of the Natchez Trace Parkway from the north end in TN to the south end just outside of Natchez, MS. It was my wife and I in a 24' Leisure Vans Unity 24MB motor home.

You won't set any land speed records on the parkway, as speed limits are considerably less than on Interstate highways - 55mph in many places, less in others. But who wants to? This drive is about viewing the pleasant landscape, and more importantly, connecting with a historic byway of the 19th century, acquiring an understanding of what life and travel were like in the 1820s and 1830s. Physically, the road is in excellent shape, offering a smooth and easy drive. It's not too curvy, but curvy enough to completely avoid any monotony. There are frequent roadside stops, many of historical significance. Don't pass them by! This is what the Trace is all about. It's not about wide open scenic vistas like mountain roads.

Be sure to stop at locations that offer good examples of the original road. The effects of the wear and tear of the original travelers is quite interesting. Also be sure to stop anywhere there's an old home, barn or other building. These offer insight to life in the area almost 200 years ago.

We camped at state parks along the way. Each offered budget-priced camping with easy access and bathing facilities that ranged from OK to very good.

For the best trip, make the drive either in the spring when dogwoods and other native blooming plants strut their stuff, or in the fall when the forests show some fall color. We did not, but wished we had, because we believe it would have transformed a "very nice" drive into a "very pretty" drive. The flora and fauna very a good bit from north to south, so blooming occurs at different dates along the length of the Parkway.

There are a number of quaint small towns along the Parkway which offer restaurants, shops and opportunities to stretch one's legs.

This would be a great trip for home (or otherwise) schooled children to study the history of the Trace from native Americans, to settlers, early 19th century commerce, and the eventual impact of the opening of the major North American rivers to upstream navigation thanks to the introduction of the Steamboat.

The U.S. National Park Service has a lot of helpful information available at: http://www.nps.gov/ntr/ .

7  Thank FairhopeFred
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