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NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY TOUR

  • Location: AL & TN, USA
  • Audio Points: 255+
  • Valid: No expiry
  • Start: Multiple
  • Direction: North + South
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TOUR ROUTE

This tour currently covers the Tennessee and Alabama portions of the drive and you can drive this tour in either direction.  

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Major Highlights

  • Jackson Falls
  • Leiper's Fork
  • Meriwether Lewis Monument
  • Muscle Shoals Sidetrip
  • Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge
  • Old Trace Drive
  • Rock Spring
  • Sunken Trace
  • War of 1812 Memorial

What to Expect

A drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway is a journey through time, history, and the natural beauty of the American South. The entire journey stretches over 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. This tour currently covers the section in Tennessee and Alabama.

Natchez Trace is unique in that it is a National Park, that is basically a ribbon of parkway enveloped by the tranquility of the countryside and sometimes urban areas. The route essentially follows the historical route of the original Trace that was a network of trails used by Native Americans and later by European explorers and traders, maintaining the legacy of these early travelers. Remnants of their presence can still be seen in the form of ancient mounds, historic markers, and interpretive exhibits scattered along the route. And make no mistake that we’ll sometimes take little side trips off the Trace, as well as one super-sized diversion to the amazing Muscle Shoals Quad City region.

The rolling hills and lush forests serve as a picturesque backdrop as we venture through important river crossings and beautiful landscapes, with scenic viewpoints and short hikes where you can put yourself into the footsteps of thousands of years of human traffic, and in some sections, even drive a little of the original route.

TOUR ROUTE

This tour currently covers the Tennessee and Alabama portions of the drive and you can drive this tour in either direction.  

Suggested Start Location

Start from the north from Highway 100, approximately 16 miles south west of Nashville, and from the south just before crossing from Mississippi into Alabama near Tishomingo, Mississippi.

How Much Time Do I Need?

At least one day, ideally two or more days to see all the best sites or enjoy some hikes.

Driving Distance

135 miles of the Parkway through Tennessee and Alabama. The suggested Muscle Shoals Sidetrip adds another 55 miles.

FAQ

WHY IS THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY SO FAMOUS?

A drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway is a journey through time, history, and the natural beauty of the American South. Natchez Trace is unique in that it is a national park, that is basically a ribbon of parkway enveloped by the tranquility of the countryside and sometimes urban areas. The route essentially follows the historical route of the original Trace that was a network of trails used by Native Americans and later by European explorers and traders, maintaining the legacy of these early travelers.

WHERE DOES THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY START AND STOP?

The entire Natchez Trace Parkway stretches over 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee – but please note, this tour currently covers the Tennessee and Alabama portions of the drive and you can drive this tour in either direction.

WHERE DO YOU STOP ON THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY?

The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway essentially follows the historical route of the original Trace that was a network of trails used by Native Americans and later by European explorers and traders, maintaining the legacy of these early travelers. Some of the many highlights on the Natchez Trace Parkway include Jackson Falls, Leiper’s Fork, Meriwether Lewis Monument, Muscle Shoals, the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge, Old Trace Drive, Rock Spring, Sunken Trace and the War of 1812 Memorial.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE THE NATCHEZ TRACE PARKWAY?

If driving the entire 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway, breaking it into three days is common, but some visitors like to really enjoy their exploring and will spend a full week, stopping frequently and also taking time to enjoy the sights just off the Parkway too. Our route covers the northern 135 miles through Tennessee and Alabama. It’s doable in a day, but we recommend staying overnight along the way, to be able to walk on the Trace’s hiking trails and see sights both on and just off the Parkway.

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