This bicycle route (Tupelo to Collinwood) is one day of several different Natchez Trace Parkway 442 Mile, South to North (Natchez to Nashville) Itinerary Routes.

Overview Map:

  • Lodging option(s) and Bicycle Route(s):
    to the Parkway for the night BEFORE biking this section
  • Parkway route in Red:
    bike north approximately 93 miles on the Parkway from the Tupelo, MS area (milepost 262, 266 or 276) to Collinwood, TN (milepost 355)
  • Bicycle Route(s) and Lodging option(s):
    from the Parkway for the night AFTER biking this section
  • Below the Overview Map:
    click on Points of Interest categories (food, restrooms, etc.) to add them to the map
  • Click on any of the Points of Interest for more info.
  • Click on any of the Routes:
    Parkway in Red, lodging routes in other colors - to view a preview and detailed route

Below the Overview Map:

  • Information and Links:
    • Before Biking on the Parkway:
      in the morning in the Tupelo, MS area
    • Biking on the Parkway:
      during the day from milepost 262, 266 or 276 to milepost 355
    • After Biking on the Parkway:
      in the afternoon/evening in Collinwood, TN
  • Links to complete Natchez Trace Parkway 442 Mile, South to North Itinerary Routes that this one day route is part of

Ride Stats:

milepost 262.5 to milepost 355:

  • Miles on Parkway: 93.4
  • Elevation Gain:
    3,840 feet (avg. 41.1 feet/mile)
    Maximum Grade: 6.5%
  • Elevation Loss:
    3,119 feet (avg. 33.4 feet/mile)
    Minimum Grade: -5.8%

milepost 266 to milepost 355:

  • Miles on Parkway: 89.9
  • Elevation Gain:
    3,744 feet (avg. 41.6 feet/mile)
    Maximum Grade: 6.5%
  • Elevation Loss:
    3,006 feet (avg. 33.4 feet/mile)
    Minimum Grade: -5.8%

milepost 276 to milepost 355:

  • Miles on Parkway: 80
  • Elevation Gain:
    3,402 feet (avg. 42.5 feet/mile)
    Maximum Grade: 6.4%
  • Elevation Loss:
    2,763 feet (avg. 34.5 feet/mile)
    Minimum Grade: -5.7%

Click any of the above Points of Interest categories to display them on the map.

Click on green links for more information.

Before Biking on the Parkway
(in the morning in the Tupelo, MS area)

Lodging (night before) options with Bicycle Route to Parkway, Camping, Food, Bicycle Shop:

Lodging:

Moon Lake Retreat (west of Tupelo)
Vacation Rental - 2 Guest Rooms/2 Beds/Sleeps 4 - A 77 acre farm located 10 miles west of downtown Tupelo.
Route:
Biking Unsupported: Bike 13.2 miles to Parkway entrance (recommended bicycle route from Moon Lake Retreat to Parkway - Parkway Visitor Center at milepost 266) - RidewithGPS Route
Biking Supported: Drive 6.5 miles to the Parkway at the McCullough Blvd entrance (milepost 262.5).

Grace On Trace Homestead (north of Tupelo)
Vacation Rental - 2 Guest Rooms/7 Beds/Sleeps 10 - Country setting on 5 acres about 13 miles north of Tupelo.
Route: Bike or Drive 2.1 miles to Parkway entrance (County Road 1303 at milepost 276) - RidewithGPS Route

Tupelo Hotels - There are several hotels located 1.5 to 3 miles of the Parkway (several on North Gloster Street about 2 miles from the McCullough Blvd exit at milepost 262). See: tupelo.net

Campgrounds along/near the Parkway:

  • Tupelo Bicycle-only Campground - The park service has a bicycle only, primitive" campground near the Parkway Visitor Center (milepost 266). Free tent camping only for cyclists biking the parkway.

Campgrounds further from the Parkway (not easy/safe to bike to):

Food:

Bicycle Shop:

  • Trails & Treads -
    Bicycle Shop 3 miles south of Parkway exit (milepost 266.1) onto MS Hwy 145 at 3870 Market Center Drive, Suite 200, Tupelo

Biking on the Parkway
(during the day from milepost 262 to milepost 355)

Along/Near the Parkway - Restrooms, Top 30 Favorite Sites and Exits with Services Nearby:

RidewithGPS route of the Parkway from milepost 262 to milepost 355 that includes the following points of interest and guidance:
ridewithgps.com/routes/42939765
You can download the route to your phone!

  • Milepost 258-266 - Note: vehicle traffic is much higher in the Tupelo area (milepost 258 - 266) than in the rural areas. It is best to avoid Tupelo during morning and afternoon rush hour traffic. Traffic will still be high in Tupelo in the middle of the day. If you have a support vehicle, you might consider driving (rather than biking) thru this area.
  • Milepost 262.5 - MS Hwy 178 (McCullough Blvd)
    Start of the Day on the Parkway (if biking unsupported and staying at a hotel on North Gloster Road the previous night) - entrance MS Hwy 178 (McCullough Blvd)
  • Milepost 266.0 - Parkway Visitor Center
    Top 30, Restroom, History/Nature Exhibit, Visitor/Info Center, Hiking Trail, Picnic Area, Bicycle Repair Station
  • Milepost 266.0 - Parkway Visitor Center
    Start of the Day on the Parkway (if staying at Moon Lake Farm the previous night or staying anywhere else the previous night and biking supported
    to avoid heavy vehicle traffic thru Tupelo we recommend starting at the visitor center located on the north side of Tupelo) - entrance Parkway Visitor Center
  • Milepost 266.1 - MS Hwy 145 exit
    Market and Restaurant 1.5 miles south of Parkway, Bicycle Shop 3 miles south of Parkway
  • Milepost 269.4 - Confederate Gravesites and Old Trace
    Top 30, Civil War History, Old Trace
  • Milepost 271 - MS Hwy 363 exit
    Market 0.8 miles west of Parkway
  • Milepost 276 - Lee County Road 1303
    Start of the Day on the Parkway (if staying at Grace On Trace Homestead the previous night) - entrance Lee County Road 1303
  • Milepost 286.7 - Pharr Mounds
    Top 30, Restroom, Indian History, Picnic Area
  • Milepost 303 - MS Hwy 25 exit
    Restaurant 2.8 miles south of Parkway
  • Milepost 304.5 (adjacent to the parkway) - Tishomingo State Park
    Top 30, Hiking Trail, Picnic Area, History/Nature Exhibit, Daily Use Fee
  • Milepost 308.9 - Mississippi - Alabama state line
  • Milepost 321 - US Hwy 72 exit
    Market 0.5 mile east of Parkway, Restaurants 2.5 miles east of Parkway
  • Milepost 327.3 - Colbert Ferry
    Top 30, Restroom, Indian History, Old Trace, Modern Marvel, Picnic Area
  • Milepost 330.2 - Rock Spring
    Top 30, Hiking Trail, Nature Area
  • Milepost 337.9 (east of Parkway 150 yards) - Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall (Te-lah-nay's Wall)
    Top 30, Indian History, Modern Marvel
  • Milepost 341.8 - Alabama - Tennessee state line
  • Milepost 351 - TN Hwy 13 exit
    Market 0.1 mile east of Parkway
  • Milepost 355 - Collinwood, TN
    End of the Day on the Parkway - exit at Wayne County Welcome Center
    Follow one of the "Lodging" routes to your Collinwood overnight stay!

After Biking on the Parkway
(in the afternoon/evening near milepost 355)

Milepost 355 - Collinwood, TN just off the Parkway - Lodging with Bicycle Route from Parkway, Camping, Food and Featured Points of Interest Options:

Lodging:

The Collinwood Suite
Vacation Rental - 1 Cottage/2 Beds/Sleeps 4 - This private, cozy studio is perfect for anyone traveling the Natchez Trace Parkway on bicycle.
Route: Bike or Drive 0.3 miles west from Parkway exit (Wayne County Welcome Center at milepost 355) - RidewithGPS Route
Food: Breakfast is not served. The suite is stocked with Coffee, Bottled Water, Seltzer Water, Yogurt, Granola Bars and Farm Fresh Eggs. The suite has a fully equipped kitchen.
More Info:
Overview Description
Accommodations and Rates
Cyclist Amenities

Butler's Cottage
Vacation Rental - 1 Cottage/3 Beds/Sleeps 5 - Cottage has living room, deck, kitchenette and 1.5 bathrooms.
Route: Bike or Drive 0.7 miles west from Parkway exit (Wayne County Welcome Center at milepost 355) - RidewithGPS Route
Food: Breakfast is not included. The cottage is stocked with coffee. The cottage has a refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker.
More Info:
Overview Description
Accommodations and Rates
Cyclist Amenities

Campgrounds along/near the Parkway:

  • The town of Collinwood, TN has a tent camping area for cyclists located just off the Parkway near the Fire Hall. Inquire at the Welcome Center or the Fire Hall.

Food:

Featured Points of Interest:

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