Natchez Trace Parkway
Explore this Byway
Stretching from the bright lights of Nashville, Tennessee, south to the banks of the Mississippi River in Natchez, Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway was named by ESPN as one of the country's top ten road biking destinations.
Watch and listen for echoes of the region's Civil War past as you bike the Natchez Trace Parkway through northern Mississippi.
For a visit to a byway rich in history, drive the Natchez Trace Parkway, established to commemorate the historical significance of the Old Natchez Trace. Originally a primitive trail that stretched 500 miles through the wilderness from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee, throughout the years it has gained a rich history that continues to fascinate visitors who travel in the footsteps of those who've gone before.
For over 8,000 years, this timeworn path has felt the tread of travelers. Buffalo and other wildlife were first to wind their way through the wilderness, but it later became a well-worn path used by American Indians, traders, and trappers intent on hauling their merchadise to New Orleans. Back then the Trace went through rough territory dominated by many hazards, such as bandits, American Indians and wild animals, which earned the route the ominous nickname, "Devil's Backbone."
to Enjoy the Ride...
1-Day Trip: Tennessee Natchez Trace Tour
Explore the old trails and hills of the Natchez Trace in Tennessee. While on the parkway, official Natchez Trace Parkway signs will designate turnoffs and places of interest. Follow the clearly marked signs, and discover the treasures along the parkway.
1-Day Trip: Alabama Natchez Trace Tour
Passing briefly through the state of Alabama, the Natchez Trace Parkway takes you through a few of the historically important sites of the time. From the Mississippi/Alabama border, start your journey north on the Alabama portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
1-Day Trip: Mississippi Natchez Trace Tour
Enjoy the old South and learn about the history of the Natchez Trace as you explore the tree-shrouded pathways of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
2-Day Trip: Historic Natchez Trace
(Tennessee to Mississippi)
This byway, which spans three states and is more than 400 miles long, is full of rich history and beautiful scenery. While on the parkway, official Natchez Trace Parkway signs will designate turnoffs and places of interest. Follow the clearly marked signs, and discover the...