Natchez Trace Parkway
Traveling the Trace from Natchez to Nashville.
The Natchez Trace Parkway has been designated as one of America's National Scenic Byways by the Federal Highway Administration. The most scenic of these byways are also designated as All-American Roads. The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of only 31 All-American Roads.
Alert: there is a parkway closure/detour in Tennessee between mileposts 385.9 and 391.1 For more info and a map, please click here.
What is NatchezTraceTravel.com?
This website is a travel guide for the Natchez Trace Parkway and the towns and areas near the "Trace". You can find pictures (even a few videos), information and maps for each of the 90+ interpretive stops maintained by the National Park Service as well as many of the major attractions located near the Trace throughout Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. Check on upcoming Festivals & Events taking place on or near the Trace.
Thinking about bicycling the Trace? We have information, pictures, elevation maps, videos, trip photo galleries, food/market info, bike shop directory, advice and tips and we can help cyclists plan their itinerary. Read our Top 10 reasons why the Natchez Trace Parkway is an excellent bicycle route.
The Trace is very popular with motorcyclists. When the weather is nice for riding we often see more motorcycles on the Trace than cars! Read our Top Ten reasons why the Natchez Trace Parkway is an excellent motorcycle route.
NatchezTraceTravel.com also works with about 40 B&Bs, cabins, cottages and a couple of historic hotels located adjacent to or near the parkway.
For each of the lodging options in Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee you will find information, photo galleries, guest room pictures, descriptions and rates, maps, area attractions and innkeeper contact information and website links.
What is the Natchez Trace Parkway?
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.
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.
Natchez Trace Lodging
Taking an overnight trip on the Natchez Trace without advance planning can be somewhat difficult, as the Park Service does not permit any advertising, either in the form of signs or in literature at their visitor's centers.
In the tradition of the inns, or "stands," once found along the Old Natchez Trace, we can help you locate the perfect spots to make your overnight stays a memorable part of your trip. You'll discover interesting and historic homes with gracious hosts who can share their knowledge about things to see and do in the area.