Natchez Trace Indian History
Indian history is abundant along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Over 400 miles of the original Old Trace footpath went through Chickasaw, Choctaw and Natchez territory.
In 1796 when Tennessee became a state the Tennessee Valley Divide located just 20 miles south of the current northern terminus of the parkway was the dividing line between the United States and the Chickasaw Nation. Agreements between the US and the Indian Nations allowed travelers and mail delivery to pass through Indian Territory from Nashville to Natchez along the Old Trace.
Listed below for each Indian History site are the milepost location, name of site and info about the site. Click on either the thumbnail picture or Indian History name for more information, pictures and a location map for the site.
Tennessee Indian History
- Tennessee Valley Divide - milepost 423.9 - Hiking Trail, Indian History
- Gordon House and Duck River Ferry Site - milepost 407.7 - Restroom, History/Nature Exhibit, Old Trace, Indian History, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Old Trace - milepost 397.4 - Old Trace, Indian History
Alabama Indian History
- Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall - Top 30 Favorite Site - The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall is located just east of the parkway near milepost 338 on Lauderdale County Road 8.
- Colbert Ferry - milepost 327.3 - Restroom, Picnic Area, Old Trace, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Buzzard Roost Spring - milepost 320.3 - Old Trace, Indian History
Mississippi Indian History
- Bear Creek Mound - milepost 308.8 - Indian History
- Pharr Mounds - milepost 286.7 - Restroom, Picnic Area, Indian History, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Old Town Overlook - milepost 263.9 - Hiking Trail, Scenic Overlook, Indian History
- Chickasaw Village Site - milepost 261.8 - Hiking Trail, Indian History, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Chickasaw Council House - milepost 251.1 - Picnic Area, Indian History
- Owl Creek Mounds - Exit the Trace at milepost 243.1 and travel west 3 miles.
- Chickasaw Agency - milepost 241.4 - Indian History
- Bynum Mounds - milepost 232.4 - Indian History, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Line Creek - milepost 213.3 - Indian History
- Pigeon Roost - milepost 203.5
- Upper Choctaw Boundary - milepost 128.4 - Hiking Trail, Indian History
- Boyd Mounds - milepost 106.9 - Indian History
- Choctaw Agency - milepost 100.7 - Indian History
- Lower Choctaw Boundary - milepost 61.0 - History/Nature Exhibit, Indian History
- Mangum Indian Mound - milepost 45.7 - Indian History
- Emerald Mound - milepost 10.3 - Indian History, Top 30 Favorite Site
- Grand Village of the Natchez Indians - Exit the Trace at milepost 0 (southern terminus) onto Liberty Road. Turn onto U.S. Highway 61 South (Seargent S. Prentiss Drive). Turn left onto Jefferson Davis Boulevard. The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will be on your right.
Note: for your convenience the National Park Service displays a milepost on the east side of the parkway. Mileposts start at 0 on the southern end of the Trace near Natchez and end at 444 at the northern terminus (The Natchez Trace Parkway is 444 miles long.). Throughout this website, mileposts are used to help you locate attractions along the trace and exits on/off the Trace to help you find towns, attractions and bed and breakfasts located just off the Trace.