Natchez Trace Parkway
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
8Trip End May 15, 2013
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Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park
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It is a beautiful drive on a two lane blacktop. No commercial vehicles are allowed on the Parkway. The speed limit is 50 MPH for the whole route of 444 miles. There are continuous gentle curves all the way, and no potholes.
The Natchez Trace began as a footpath by the Natchez, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. Later it was used by the "Kaintucks" from the Ohio River Valley, who floated cash crops, livestock and other materials down the Mississippi River on wooden flatboats. At Natchez or New Orleans, they sold their goods, sold their boats for lumber, and walked or road horseback toward home via the Old Trace.
The road is now paved of course, but section of the Old Trace footpath remain and are marked along the Parkway
There are over 100 points of interest marked along the Trace, and no billboards. These include three primitive campgrounds that are free on a first come first served basis. We stayed at one, the Jeff Busby Site. Meriwether Lewis, of Lewis and Clark fame died and was buried near milepost 386. We especially enjoyed the Emerald Mound, an eight-acre ceremonial mound built between 1200 and 1730. It is the second largest mound in the United States.
We highly recommend this drive if only you can do a few miles of it. We plan to do it again and probably more than once. We did not stop 100 times and have many more points of interest to visit.