The Natchez Trace Parkway is a National Park that is 444 miles long stretching from its northern terminus in Nashville, TN to its southern terminus in Natchez, MS. It was an important commerce trail from the Cumberland Plateau to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico and was used by Native American Indians, traders, and travelers alike. Today it is a 2-lane paved roadway with limited access along its length. There are no commercial establishments within the confines of the Natchez Trace Parkway and travelers today must exit the parkway for fuel, food, or lodging.
The NAtchez Trace Parkway is a beautiful, scenic drive and there are many historic areas to stop and take photographs. I will limit this document to the section that runs from the northern terminus to the Alabama state line since this is, after all, a document showing Tennessee in photographs. I’ll also dispense with dating my trips along the Trace simply because there are just too many of them.
I’ve ridden many, many miles on the northern end of the Natchez Trace Parkway since it is one of my favorite places to ride a motorcycle and just relax. With its limited access the likelihood of meeting traffic at an intersection is diminished, and the only thing to really look out for are deer and bicyclists.
My longest trip along the Natchez Trace Parkway was a 450 mile Motorcycle Trip to Tupelo, MS to collect some National Park Passport Stamps. At the time that was my longest motorcycle trip to date, and I had a great time.