Natchez Trace Parkway

Nashville, Tennessee

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The trace has been a major thoroughfare since the late 1700s. The scenic parkway was first a series of paths that the Indians used and then became a clearly marked trail navigated by early American set-tlers. By 1810, the Natchez Trace was an important wilderness road, said to be the most heavily traveled in the Old Southwest. Now visitors can drive the route at their leisure, stopping to see history and nature exhibits, stands that used to provide shelter for travelers, and historical displays on the Indians and others who used the highway. Mileposts serve as references for points of interest and traveler services along the way. There are lovely places to picnic, camp, and hike on the Natchez Trace. Biking is also popular on the roadway. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Nashville. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping.

Natchez Trace Parkway Professional Review and Guide

"The trace has been a major thoroughfare since the late 1700s. The scenic parkway was first a series of paths that the Indians used and then became a clearly marked trail navigated by early American set-tlers. By 1810, the Natchez Trace was an important wilderness road, said to be the most heavily traveled in the Old Southwest.

Now visitors can drive the route at their leisure, stopping to see history and nature exhibits, stands that used to provide shelter for travelers, and historical displays on the Indians and others who used the highway. Mileposts serve as references for points of interest and traveler services along the way. There are lovely places to picnic, camp, and hike on the Natchez Trace. Biking is also popular on the roadway. This eTrail from the DayTrips series describes many fascinating, exciting, (and many free of charge) things to do, most within a two-hour drive of Nashville. Each Day Trip includes destination highlights, places to visit along the way, choice restaurants and lodging, and shopping."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Nashville
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Natchez Trace Parkway

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May 2018