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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Natchez Trace Parkway, Mississippi

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile scenic drive filled with nature's beauty and loaded with history.

Starting in Natchez, Mississippi, and ending in Nashville, Tennessee, you will be following in the footsteps of many travelers who used the Natchez Trace for millennia. Pre-historic American Indians, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Natchez, farmers, boatmen, Meriwether Lewis, and Andrew Jackson to name a few, already made good use of the Trace.

Over time, the Natchez Trace was used less and less due to being replaced by new, quicker routes and roads, but it was restored to its old glory when it became part of the National Park Service in 1938. The restoration took until 2005 and resulted in a wonderful trip worthy of exploration.

You can make a daytrip out of it by simply driving the 444 miles, or you can take a few days to soak up the beauty and history by visiting the prehistoric mound site along the way from Natchez to Jackson, the archeological sites and wonderful scenes from Jackson to Tupelo, the Tupelo National Battlefield and Brices Cross Roads National Battlefield near Tupelo, or the gorgeous waterfalls in Tennessee.

Those are just few points of interest, but there are many more you will encounter on the Trace. For those of you who like to be active; hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, special events, demonstrations, and Ranger led programs are among the options.

It will take at least a couple of days, if not more, to do and experience all the Natchez Trace Parkway has to offer. If you have the chance I would suggest taking that time. You will not regret it!

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