3 in Tennessee Tennessee400 Miles By Anonymouson July 1, 2002 Written Directions The Natchez Trace covers approximately 430 miles. The southern most point is in Natchez Mississippi and the the northernmost point is in a town called Leipers Fork Tennessee (just southwest of Nashville, TN). Of course you can join the parkway at any point in the middle of those 430 miles (use the above interactive online map to find the best entry point for you).
Scenery On the southern end of the route the forests consist of oaks, pines, beeches and magnolias that gather tightly together and create a dense shade over the underlying ground. Driving along this route in the Spring and seeing the budding dogwoods and redbuds you will know why this is one of the US Department of Transportation's group of elite 'All American Roads'. You will see many of the trees are covered in drapings of Spanish moss that give the forest an eerie Cajon look.
The route follows a famous 8,000-year-old pathway that led early Indians, warring armies, Spanish conquistadors and early American settlers to their destinations. It is also the path that boatman used to return to their origins in the Midwest. These boatmen would maneuver their boats down the Mississippi River to deliver their cargo to places such as New Orleans. Then, rather than attempt to return their boats by fighting upstream, they would sell the boats for wood and walk back to their home states along the same path as this route .
.. as far as Kentucky and Ohio. This process continued until steamboat travel, around the year 1812, became a more safe and favored means of returning up river. Along this route you will see 'Little Mountain' which oddly enough is one of the highest points in all of Mississippi (603 ft). Road Quality The roads you will travel while following this route are generally in good condition and primarily straight with a few hills along the way.
Take advantage of the slower than normal speed limits and absence of commercial traffic on this route and enjoy the cruise. Roadside Amenities In the town of Natchez you will find 500 preserved antebellum structures many of which are available for tours. Also along the route (mile post 10) you will find an ancient Indian ceremonial site called the Emerald Mound. The site was built approximately 700 years ago by a tribe called the Mississippians.
It is a 35-foot tall earth structure that spans for an incredible eight acres and is the second largest mound in all of America. At mile marker 41.5 you need to stop and checkout one of the few remaining sections of the original path. You will see a tunnel here that is covered in Spanish moss and lined by tall ominous trees ... follow this to an authentic ghost town formerly known as Rocky Springs.
Near the town of Jackson Mississippi you will find the Mississippi Crafts Center, which hosts artisan artists gatherings on weekends from March through October. These artists demonstrate their pottery, weaving, quilting and other skills through live demonstrations. Further up the road is the Ross Barnett Reservoir where fishing and water-skiing take place. A short nature trail exists on the north end of the reservoir for those of you who want to learn about the local fauna.
Just north of the town of Kosciusko you will find an information center that will teach you about the interesting history of the parkway. Kosciusko is also the birthplace of the famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey. In the town of French Camp you will learn about an interesting travelers' stand that served the travelers on this route. A restored 1840 log cabin displays some of the history including French and Indian artifacts.
Up the road is the Jeff Busby Site at where you can camp, picnic, and take advantage of THE ONLY FUEL STATION ON THE ROUTE. In the Tombigbee National Forest you can visit the 200-acre Davis Lake and enjoy various water sports. The town of Tupelo was the scene of the last major Civil War battle fought in the state of Mississippi and the Tupelo National Battlefield marks the spot of this battle. Tupelo is more famous what happened on Jan 8, 1935 in a two-room house built from $180 worth of material.
Two twin boys were born. One of which, Jesse Garon, died at birth. But the other one, Elvis Aaron, survived and went on to become the King of Rock-n-Roll. You can see Elvis' boyhood home, elementary and junior highs schools and the hardware store at which he purchased his very first guitar. Up the road on the border you will find one of the most beautiful parks along the way - Tishomingo Sate Park.
The park consists of 1,500 acres that include the farthest reaches of the Appalachian Mountains, bluffs and tranquil waterfalls. In Tennessee you may want to visit David Crockett State Park and hike or fish or see the Crockett Falls. You may also want to visit the Meriwether Lewis site for camping, hiking, and water sports. The site was built in commemoration of the famous partner of the Lewis and Clark expedition team.
In Jackson Falls Tennessee you'll find the tomb of renowned president Andrew Jackson. And finally the route terminates in Nashville Tennessee where you can visit the Country Music Hall of Fame. Additional Info - View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . Nickname (optional) : Anonymous By Gueston June 16, 2009 15 out of 20 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year Motorcycle Make Motorcycle Type Many times I have seen more motorcycles on the Natchez Trace than automobiles.
Great place to ride. You do want to plan your overnight stays. There are quite a few bed and breakfasts located along/near the Trace. You can find info/pictures about them and tons of pictures of the Trace at http://www.NatchezTraceTravel.com Was this review helpful? Yes | No By dhornickon September 7, 2011 13 out of 15 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2007 Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring Great, Great ride.
We left home in Missouri and traveled through Arkansas to Natchez Mississippi. We had planned this trip to be a Bed and Breakfast trip basically be one night in Natchez, one night in Tupelo and then a couple nights in Nashville after completing the Trace. It was just my wife on her bike and me on mine. Without being long winded, it was a blast. The thing about riding the Trace is that there is no commercial vehicles allowed, no signage (Billboards, advertisements), no stop lights, no stop signs.
You just go and go until you want to stop for yourself. Speed limit is between 50 and 55 and just right for cruising. The scenery is beautiful and historical sites are many. The road surface is excellent and well maintained. I highly recommend this ride. All 444 miles but not all in one day. Take a couple and really enjoy it. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By gordoradon November 2, 2011 7 out of 21 members found this review useful.
Motorcycle Year 1999 Motorcycle Make Honda Valkyrie Motorcycle Type Cruiser This ride was very boring. I don't recommend it. Would be great for beginners, but for experienced riders, the slow speed and the not so great scenery will bore you to death!! Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston September 16, 2010 6 out of 7 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2003 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring Rode the entire parkway from Nashville to Natchez with 6 friends in one day.
it took 13 hrs to complete. it was worth every minute. We did miss some of the sights due to darkness. And I mean darkness. There are NO lights anywhere close to the parkway, you have NEVER seen as many stars as you will there. It is awesome. you will NOT regret. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston April 19, 2008 6 out of 7 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 1999 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Cruiser Seasonal scenery can be spectacular.
This road begins just south of Nashville and continues down to Natchez, Mississippi. Wonderfully smooth and scenic. There is a speed limit, like the Blue Ridge. Not a road to HURRY DOWN. No commercial traffic allowed. You will see horse trailers, but no trailers hauling hay bales (as an example). Better plan ahead for places to eat and stay. Not a route to "see what happens" as it is best to plan your route and reserve your spot to stay.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By CVO Daveon November 30, 2013 5 out of 6 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2013 Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson CVO Ultra Classic Motorcycle Type Touring I rode this on my way back from New Orleans in July 2013. I found this road to be fairly boring. The scenery hardly changes for the first 200 miles. It improved north of Tupelo as curves and some vertical relief was added.
It was however an improvement over the highway. We did see bald eagles, deer, swamps that you know gators lurked in and a very cool waterfall. I rode it mainly to say I rode the entire 444 Miles of the Natchez Trace. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By GJRonKon February 10, 2013 5 out of 7 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2000 Motorcycle Make Yamaha Motorcycle Type Cruiser This route has a wonderful introduction above on the sites along the way to visit, so I won't comment there.
I traveled the whole distance from north to south, and I enjoyed the recreational feel in not having signs of civilization pressing in everywhere.Note that the route follows the "area" of the original route, but rarely the exact ground of the first users of the trek from the south. I found it moving to stop at marked locations along the way to step into the woods and view (actually step into) the footmarks of the pioneers of long ago.
That gave me chills sometimes--don't miss doing that. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By bkellyusaon November 11, 2013 4 out of 5 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 1988 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Cruiser I have only been about one third of the total distance on the Natchez Trace but I love it. The curves are laid out like a Formula 1 race track.
There are lost of interesting park like stops to make . Many are scenic and others are historic. The drawback is that without any sign of commercial life anywhere along the way it can get a little boring especially when you add in the fact that it is supposedly well patrolled and you will most likely have to ride much slower than the road itself would dictate. I've only been pulled over once but I only ride it for short distances most of the time.
On weekends the police are out after the sportbike riders burning it up on the Natchez Trace. If you plan to take this road (which you should because it is so beautiful and so unique) do what you can to plan your trip. Find out where you will have to get off to get gas before you leave and take some gas with you if you can. You might also want to bring a sandwich and something to drink as well. Other than that enjoy the beautiful, one of a kind ride that this trip provides.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston February 25, 2013 4 out of 5 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 1998 Motorcycle Make Honda Valkryrie Motorcycle Type Cruiser The length of this ride and the lack of commercial traffic makes it exceptional. 400 plus miles without a stop sign! You can totally lose track of time and place and just enjoy the ride. Can't wait to go again! Was this review helpful? Yes | No By skutertrashon June 30, 2012 4 out of 5 members found this review useful.
Motorcycle Year 2001 Motorcycle Make Harley Sportster Motorcycle Type Cruiser This is a ride of your lifetime, not because it's a challenging road, but because of the beauty and splendor of the ride. Our loop from Topeka took us through 9 states, rode it from south to north. From the swamps in the south to the pine trees and rolling hills it was a beautiful ride. The speed limit was slow and there were cops monitoring it all along the way.
There are short loops off the trace to scenic over looks, old sunken trace, and Indian burial mounds that made it even better. We really enjoyed the laid back pace and will do it again someday. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston January 29, 2009 4 out of 5 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2008 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring GREAT RIDE!!!!! If your time allows, ride the entire length of the Park Way and allow time to stop often as they are alot of pull off's with historical markers.
My wife was not very fond of motorcycle riding until we made this trip. Graet ride to break in a new rider. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston January 15, 2008 4 out of 6 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2006 Motorcycle Make Honda Motorcycle Type Cruiser A few miles north of Kosciusko, Ms there is a scenic overlook off the parkway that's worth stopping to see.
It is on the east side of the highway. You can also buy gasoline below the overlook. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston September 13, 2013 3 out of 4 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2002 Motorcycle Make Yamaha Motorcycle Type Cruiser A truly great ride! Nice and scenic, and a very relaxing ride! With the speed limit at 50mph and no commercial vehicles it is one of the best roads to ride on.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston July 30, 2010 3 out of 5 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 1998 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring Fantastic scenery especially when seasons are changing. A great ride in the middle of summer also because the road is shaded. Kosciusko is a great place to stop. Make sure you go to the downtown square where it features a grand courthouse built in the 1800's along with neat little shops and good food.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By G. Husemanon October 24, 2015 2 out of 2 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2011 Motorcycle Make Suzuki Burgman Motorcycle Type Other Wonderful ride. Road surface was in good shape and the scenery was nice. I started at Natchez and rode the entire length to Nashville. I took two short side trips from the Trace, one to Vickburg National Military Park and the other to Shiloh National Military Park.
These side trips served to break up the length of the Trace and provided places for lodging and fuel. All-in-all a trip of a lifetime. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By acrangeron July 15, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2002 Motorcycle Make Yamaha Motorcycle Type Touring This is a step back into time. Must be like US 66 in the 50s. Low traffic 2 lane highway.
Note the speed limit is mostly 50 MPH. Also note there is no food, fuel, or lodging ON this road. Plan you gas stops. Oh, and watch for wildlife, especially at night. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By jimintexason June 4, 2013 2 out of 3 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2011 Motorcycle Make HD Motorcycle Type Cruiser This is not a road if you are looking for thrilling twist and turns and speed.
The Natchez Trace is a road to sit back and ride and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this road. There is something to be said for this road and all the history surrounding it. There are plenty of pulloffs to stop and look around, fuel and food is not found on the road but a short trip off the trace you can find these necessities. Plan your stops if you are planning on taking more than a day.This is a great road to ride from Natchez, MS all the way to Nashville, TN.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston November 29, 2010 2 out of 3 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2003 Motorcycle Make BMW Motorcycle Type Touring Love this route. Have done the entire route both ways several times. Recently rode from Nashville south to Tupelo - the trees were in full fall color and it was gorgeous. Watch out for bambi and other critters. You will see lots of wildlife.
Did I say I love this route? Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston February 13, 2010 2 out of 2 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2009 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring The route shown on the map is incorrect. The Natchez Trace runs from Natchez to near Jackson, Ms., and on towards Tupelo, Ms., then up to Nashville.
I believe the route depicted is the Great River Road. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston August 8, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2003 Motorcycle Make Honda Motorcycle Type Cruiser The gas station at Jeff Busby is now closed but there is a place close to it jus 4 miles north. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston April 28, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.
No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2003 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Sport Rode the trace from mile marker 370 all the way to the South end at Natchez, MS. Great ride, beautiful scenery. This was the 2nd time to ride this route as my daughter lives in Lawrenceburg, TN. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By riderideon August 9, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.
Motorcycle Year 2006 Motorcycle Make CBR Motorcycle Type Sport Great ride that involves no stop and go scenarios at a leisurely pace of 50 mph. It is great for clearing the mind and relaxing but can become slightly monotonous after a while. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By TheBuffaloSoldieron August 7, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2013 Motorcycle Make Triumph Rocket III Motorcycle Type Touring I rode from Nactchez past mile marker 200 then had to pull off due to time constraints.
Road conditions are excellent and the scenery is great, no hairpin turns and can be easily manuvered by any rider. Stopped by lake around mile marker 100 to take in scenery and relax, met locals that told me there was nice watering hole just off mile marker 124 but I did not have time to stop. Only drawback is the speed limit so after a while the ride gets really boring so I don't recommend riding the entire 400 miles, but recommend riding 100 miles when you are in the area.
Was this review helpful? Yes | No By turlockon April 21, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year honda valkryrie Motorcycle Make 1998 Motorcycle Type Cruiser One on my favorites. 440 miles without a stop sign. Great changes in scenery. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston December 16, 2012 1 out of 2 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2001 Motorcycle Make Kaw Motorcycle Type Enduro great road any time of the year! Love the break areas along the way.
The bridge over hwy96 close to Franklin is worth the ride. Lots of bikes year round. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Gueston September 10, 2009 1 out of 3 members found this review useful. No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year Motorcycle Make Motorcycle Type From milepost 115, you are 7 miles from the historic courthouse square of Canton, MS and Heart's Content Bed and Breakfast.
http://www.heartscontentms.com Was this review helpful? Yes | No By JBARNESreton December 27, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2014 Motorcycle Make SPYDER Motorcycle Type Touring The best part of the Trace is the northern part from Tupelo to Nashville. there is a great place to eat at the intersection of the trace and Rt 100 in TN. The Loveless cafe is a 5 star place to eat.
Turn right off the Trace. Was this review helpful? Yes | No By RoosterRonon October 18, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 2014 Motorcycle Make Harley Motorcycle Type Touring I first rode the Natchez Trace in 2007, and I've been back 3 more times since then. Three of the four trips were from one end to the other, and I can honestly say that if you're looking for high speed curves city landscapes, an overabundance of commercial traffic, or high altitude mountainous roads, then this road's not for you.
But if you're yearning for a leisurely 50 MPH ride up and down a lazy winding road through a history rich area of forest and trees so neatly trimmed that the whole 400 plus miles looks like a well-kept city park... then this just might be one of the top two or three rides in entire United States.Oregon's Hwy 101, The Blue Ridge Parkway, The Beartooth Hwy, The Tail of the Dragon, Yellowstone, and every other majestic ride in the country has something unique, different, and beautiful to offer but very few of them are as uncongested and relaxing as the Natchez Trace.
It's all a matter of taste... and what you're looking for. For me... this is a 5 star ride. My hats off to all the fine folks that take care of the road sides, the rest areas, and the scenic stops along the Trace... Y'all do a great job! Thank you! Was this review helpful? Yes | No By 92mirageon September 22, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful. Motorcycle Year 11 Motorcycle Make Harley davidson Motorcycle Type Cruiser Great trip on the Trace.
Rode Nashville to Natchez on saturday and back on Sunday. Gorgeous road and scenery. Print off the list of exits and plan your stops as there are no advertising signs. No stop signs and no commercial traffic makes for great riding. 50 mph limit but we didnt see more than two police cruisers in 1000 miles Was this review helpful? Yes | No By Aaronon May 13, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.
No Rating Provided Motorcycle Year 2014 Motorcycle Make Harley Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring Really great roads and sights. BUT...no curves, woods woods and more woods. We had to force ourselves to stay on course as it became boring ride. 300 miles and we were so done. Was nice to do but recommend other riders to plan trip with a portion of the trail Was this review helpful? Yes | No By ottomaticson July 6, 2014 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.
Motorcycle Year 2009 Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Type Touring Canopied green and cool. This is a touring road that would disappoint crotch rocket enthusiasts.The views of farms, trees, and lakes, are endless. The roadis very well maintained. At the north end, there is a bridge that is the perfect place to watch a sunset. Was this review helpful? Yes | NoSee Also: Motorcycle Stand Wheel Chock
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Started in the late 1930s, the modern Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile-long, scenic road that generally follows the path of the Old Natchez Trace from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. The parkway is a federal park maintained by the National Park Service. The Old Natchez Trace dates back to the early 1700s when sections were Indian footpaths and animal trails. In the late 1700s through the early 1820s traders from the Middle Tennessee and Kentucky areas ("Kaintuck Boatmen") floated their goods down the Cumberland, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez and then walked or rode horses up the Trace to return home.
Today, traveling on the Trace can easily be done with a car, truck, RV or motorcycle. Those looking for a more strenuous mode of transportation can pedal a bicycle. Commercial traffic is prohibited. The maximum speed limit is 50 mph. If driving, please don't speed and always be aware that a bicyclist could be around the next bend of the Trace. State laws require motorists to give at least a 3-foot cushion while passing bicyclists.