Nine miles of this figure-eight loop route are on the Natchez Trace Parkway from milepost 428 (intersection with TN Hwy 46/Pinewood Road) to milepost 438 (intersection with TN Hwy 96) while the other parts of the loop take you thru the Fernvale community and the historic village of Leiper's Fork.

Bicyclists (there are a few steep climbs - see elevation maps below), drivers and motorcyclists will enjoy the 28-mile-long route that takes you over and under the famous Double Arch Bridge, thru the picturesque Fernvale community, up and down Old Highway 96 under a canopy of trees and thru the heart of the historic village of Leiper's Fork where you can enjoy a meal at one of three restaurants and do some casual shopping at the antique shops and art galleries that line the street.

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Photo Gallery of the "off Parkway" section of the loop.

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Photo Gallery of the "on Parkway" section of the loop.

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Bicyclists looking for a challenging hill to climb look no further. Starting in Fernvale, Old Highway 96 climbs 400' feet to the top of the ridge. About 340' of the ascent takes place over one mile of road for an average grade of 6.5%!. If you bike in the opposite direction from Leiper's Fork to Fernvale the elevation gain is only 300'.

Parking options are plentiful on the parkway. On the parkway, there is a parking area at milepost 435.6. Please don't park at the Birdsong Hollow parking area on the north side of the Double Arch Bridge as this parking area is not very large and is a very popular stop - we recommend that everyone take the time to drive or ride across the bridge and view the bridge from the observation area at Birdsong Hollow. You could also park at the Garrison Creek stop (see below) or at the Timberland Park site (milepost 437.2).

Food, Water, Restrooms

There are two restaurants (Fox & Locke and Country Boy) in Leiper's Fork (go north on Old Hillsboro Pike about 150 yards from where Old Hwy 96 intersects with Old Hillsboro Pike) and there is a market (Leiper's Fork Market) that has beverages, snacks, pizza and sandwiches on the south side of Leiper's Fork on your way to/from the Natchez Trace.

There is one comfort stations on the 9 mile-long Natchez Trace section of the loop at the Timberland Park site at milepost 437.2 (Timberland Park closes at 6pm April thru October and at 4pm the remainder of the year). Cyclists could also park at the Garrison Creek comfort station/picnic area on the Trace about 1.4 miles south of the loop and simply add a few miles to the trip).


Hummingbird Haven B&B - in Fernvale is about 1/10th of a mile off the loop.

Lyric at Leiper's Fork - is near Old Hwy 96 north of Leiper's Fork.

Timber Ridge Cabin - near Hwy 96 and the Parkway.

Jackson's Sweet Tea Cottage - south of Leiper's Fork.

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