This bicycle route (French Camp to Houston) 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 49 miles on the Parkway from French Camp, MS (milepost 180.8) to Houston, MS (milepost 230)
  • Lodging option(s) and bicycle route(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 French Camp, MS
    • Biking on the Parkway:
      during the day from milepost 180.8 to milepost 230
    • After Biking on the Parkway:
      in the afternoon/evening in Houston, MS
  • Links to complete Natchez Trace Parkway 442 Mile, South to North Itinerary Routes that this one day route is part of

Ride Stats:

  • Miles on Parkway: 48.9
  • Elevation Gain:
    1,481 feet (avg. 30.3 feet/mile)
    Maximum Grade: 4.7%
  • Elevation Loss:
    1,560 feet (avg. 31.9 feet/mile)
    Minimum Grade: -4.4%

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 near milepost 180.8 - French Camp, MS)

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

Lodging:

French Camp B&B
Bed & Breakfast - 4 Guest Rooms,3 Cabins/13 Beds/Sleeps 20 - The French Camp community is steeped in early Trace history.
Route: Bike 1,700 feet to Parkway entrance (MS Hwy 413 at milepost 180.8) - RidewithGPS Route

Campgrounds along/near the Parkway:

  • Jeff Busby Park - The park service has an RV and tent campground at the Jeff Busby site at milepost 193.1. Free RV and tent camping.

Food:

  • Council House Restaurant - Part of the French Camp Historic Village (located behind the Huffman Cabin Gift Shop). The restaurant is open on Monday from 11am to 2pm, Tuesday thru Thursday from 11am to 7pm and Friday and Saturday from 11am to 8pm.
  • Lost Gringos Coffeehouse - A full service specialty coffee shop that also provides ice cream treats, Italian sodas and teas. The unbelievable atmosphere is the perfect break from your trek on the Natchez Trace.
  • Also a market located 0.1 mile west of the Parkway.

Biking on the Parkway
(during the day from milepost 180.8 to milepost 230)

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

RidewithGPS route of the Parkway from milepost 180.8 to milepost 230 that includes the following points of interest and guidance:
ridewithgps.com/routes/43027703
You can download the route to your phone!

  • Milepost 180.8 - French Camp Historic Village
    Top 30, Restroom, Old Trace, History Exhibit, Restaurant
  • Milepost 180.8 - French Camp, MS
    Start of the Day on the Parkway - entrance MS Hwy 413
  • Milepost 193.1 - Jeff Busby Park
    Top 30, Restroom, Hiking Trail, Scenic Overlook, Picnic Area
  • Milepost 195 - MS Hwy 9 exit
    Market 100 feet south of Parkway
  • Milepost 204 - US Hwy 82 exit
    Markets and Restaurants less than a mile east of Parkway
  • Milepost 230 - MS Hwy 8
    End of the Day on the Parkway - exit at MS Hwy 8 exit - Houston, MS located 4.5 miles west of the Parkway
    Follow one of the "Lodging" bicycle routes to your Houston overnight stay!
    Please follow the recommended bicycle route described on their Cyclist Amenities page and their RidewithGPS route in order to avoid heavy vehicle traffic on Hwy 8.

After Biking on the Parkway
(in the afternoon/evening near milepost 230)

Milepost 230 - Houston, MS 4 miles west of Parkway - Lodging with Bicycle Route from Parkway, Camping, Food and Featured Points of Interest Options:

Lodging:

Trailhead Bike and Bed
Vacation Rental - 4 Guest Rooms/8 Beds/Sleeps 16 - Gated, lodge style hotel with 4 bicycle themed guest rooms next to the southern terminus of the Tanglefoot Trail®.
Route:
Biking Unsupported: Bike 4.4 miles west from Parkway exit (MS Hwy 8 at milepost 230) - RidewithGPS Route
Biking Supported: Exit Parkway at milepost 230 onto MS Hwy 8 and then drive west 4.5 miles.
Food: Breakfast is not included. For an added charge, the kitchen and bar can be stocked upon arrival. Guests have use of a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. There are restaurants and markets within a few blocks.
More Info:
Overview Description
Accommodations and Rates
Cyclist Amenities

Daisy's on the Square Boutique Hotel
Bed & Breakfast/Small Hotel - 8 Guest Rooms/11 Beds/Sleeps 22 - 7 guest rooms (4 with in-room bike storage) and 1 family suite. On the Court Square and 3 blocks from the Tanglefoot Trail®.
Route:
Biking Unsupported: Bike 4.2 miles west from Parkway exit (MS Hwy 8 at milepost 230) - RidewithGPS Route
Biking Supported: Exit Parkway at milepost 230 onto MS Hwy 8 and then drive west 4.4 miles.
Food: Coffee is provided. On Tuesday thru Saturday mornings, guests receive a 15% discount for breakfast at the adjoining Gather Coffee & Brew diner. Nearby restaurants are open for dinner.
More Info:
Overview Description
Accommodations and Rates
Cyclist Amenities

Bridges-Hall Manor B&B
Bed & Breakfast - 5 Guest Rooms/6 Beds/Sleeps 11 - Built in 1884, this Victorian-era home located in town is 4 miles from the Parkway and 4 blocks from the Tanglefoot Trail®.
Route:
Biking Unsupported: Bike 4.4 miles west from Parkway exit (MS Hwy 8 at milepost 230) - RidewithGPS Route
Biking Supported: Exit Parkway at milepost 230 onto MS Hwy 8 and then drive west 4.5 miles.
Food: A full southern breakfast served. For dinner, there are several restaurants within walking distance.
More Info:
Overview Description
Accommodations and Rates
Cyclist Amenities

For all three of the places to stay in Houston:
Please follow the recommended bicycle route described on their Cyclist Amenities page and their RidewithGPS route in order to avoid heavy vehicle traffic on Hwy 8.

Campgrounds along/near the Parkway:

  • Witch Dance Bicycle-Only Campground - The park service has a bicycle only, "primitive" campground at the Witch Dance site (milepost 233.2). Free tent camping only for cyclists biking the parkway.

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

Food:

Featured Points of Interest:

  • Downtown Houston is home to the southern terminus of the Tanglefoot Trail® (43-mile-long paved Rails to Trails route).
    Bicyclists, walkers and joggers can enjoy the trail while visiting Houston.
  • Milepost 232.4 - Bynum Mounds
    Top 30, Indian History
  • Houston, Mississippi - Houston is located 30 miles southwest of Tupelo and four miles west of the Natchez Trace Parkway. The land on which Houston resides was donated to the city by Judge Joel Pinson on the condition that it would be named for Sam Houston, a childhood friend. Houston hosts the annual spring and fall Mississippi Flywheel Festival in April and September.

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