Natchez Trace Parkway

The Natchez Trace
The gently curving Natchez Trace Parkway is filled with the great stories of American history – early explorations west, the French-Indian wars, notorious outlaws, Civil War battles – in short, traveling the Trace is like traveling back in time and it will capture your imagination with its mysteries. Why did the great explorer Meriwether Lewis kill himself? Or did he? Where did Hernando de Soto spend the winter of 1540-41? What happened to the mysterious Mound Builders? What was the Burr Conspiracy?

The National Parks Explorer fills in the gaps from Milepost 0 at Natchez to Milepost 444 near Nashville with over 200 articles. It brings the history of the interpretive markers alive as you drive this wonderful road – taking the same path as the wooly mammoth, the Chickasaw and the Choctaw, early travelers from Spanish and French New Orleans, and the “Kaintucks” who made their way back north through the wilderness after having floated goods by barge down the Mississippi to Natchez and New Orleans.

Selected Content
Points-of-Interest – Every wayside, overlook, nature trail, and historic interpretive marker on along the 444 mile long parkway – over 100!
Explore History – Almost 100 articles about the fascinating story of the Trace, including 10 battlefields and 8 ancient Indian burial mounds.
Explore Nature – All the nature trails, swamps, streams, and waterfalls along the Parkway.
What’s Nearby – Old Natchez, Windsor Ruins, Elvis’s Birthplace, the Battle of Shiloh, and the cities and towns that are “behind the trees” like Tupelo, Port Gibson, Leipers Fork, and Nashville.
Activities – Information about biking, camping, horseback riding trails, and the many nature trails like Rock Spring and Cypress Swamp.

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