Jeff Busby - Natchez Trace Parkway
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This Natchez Trace site is named after U.S. Congressman Thomas Jefferson Busby who in 1934 introduced a bill authorizing a survey of the Old Natchez Trace (scroll down the page for more history).

Jeff Busby Park includes an 18-site campground, picnic tables, restrooms, trails, exhibits and an overlook atop Little Mountain (one of the highest elevations in Mississippi).

Little Mountain Trail is .8 miles long for a round trip total of 1.6 miles. Near the top of the mountain is a half mile-long nature loop trail.

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On February 15, 1934, while serving as U.S. Congressman from Mississippi, Thomas Jefferson Busby (1884-1964) introduced a bill authorizing a survey of the Old Natchez Trace. Four years later, the historic road was designated a unit of the National Park System. This area is named in Jeff Busby's honor to commemorate his part in the Parkway's establishment.

Little Mountain - on a clear day from here atop Little Mountain you can see about 20 miles. The ridges and valleys are part of a geological land form called the Wilcox series that extends northeast into Alabama. Some 50 million years ago the Wilcox existed as layers of sand and mud. Pressure of overlying sediments and early upheavals have resulted in those layers being tilted and converted into sandstone and shale. More resistant to erosion than the shale, the sandstone portions are the present day ridges.

A one half mile long loop nature trail descends into a shady hollow. You can easily complete the loop in 30 minutes. However, the more time you allow the more you will see and hear. Walk gently and give the forest residents a chance to welcome you into their home. A one half mile long side trail from the loop leads to the campground.

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