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Designation: All-American Road
Designation: Parkway
Fees: Only at some attractions.
Length, One-Way: 425 Miles (708.33 Kilometers)
Time: 1 Hour to travel the Alabama portion. 2 days for the entire byway.

General Information

Description - The Natchez Trace Parkway tells the story of people on the move, the story of the age-old need to get from one place to another. It is a story of Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw Indians following traditional ways of life, of French and Spanish people venturing into a new world, and of people building a new nation.

At first, the trace was probably a series of hunters' paths that slowly came together to form a trail that led from the Mississippi River over the low hills into the Tennessee Valley. By 1785, Ohio River Valley farmers searching for markets had begun floating their crops and products down the rivers to Natchez or New Orleans. Because they sold their flatboats for lumber, returning home meant either riding or walking. The trail from Natchez offered the most direct route for them to follow.

The parklands along the Trace preserve important examples of our nation's natural and cultural heritage. Since the late 1930's, the National Park Service has been constructing a modern parkway that closely follows the course of the original trace. Today, the parkway gives present-day travelers an unhurried route from Natchez to Nashville. It is a subtle driving experience. Motorists and bicyclists alike enjoy the scenery, from the rock-studded hills of Tennessee, past the cotton fields of Alabama, to the flat and meandering southern extremes shaded by trees and Spanish moss. The Natchez Trace Parkway winds along 445 scenic miles through three states, including Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The Alabama segment of the Natchez Trace Parkway is the middle leg of a byway that covers the entire length of the Natchez Trace. The Old Trace is still closely followed by the parkway, which is preserved and administered today by the National Park Service. A lovely tree-lined drive through woods and fields, the byway offers a wealth of early pioneer history at well-maintained historic sites like Colbert Ferry Park, Freedom Hills, and Buzzard Roast Springs. Views are particularly pretty on crossing the Tennessee River midway through Alabama.

Attractions - The Natchez Trace Parkway - Alabama is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Climate - Much of Alabama receives nearly 60 inches of rain each year. The highest amount of rain reaches the region as afternoon thunderstorms in July, August and September. Summers are extremely hot and humid with temperatures frequently reaching above 100 degrees F. Summer nights cool slightly and provide a good time to travel through the region.

Winter temperatures are mild, rarely dipping below 40 degrees with the humidity level at its lowest in November and December. Spring and fall are very pleasant times to visit the region. Spring brings mild temperatures and blooming trees and flowers. During the fall temperatures range from 65 to 85 degrees F with low humidity levels. Northern Alabama is generally cooler than the south due to its higher elevations.

Location - The Natchez Trace Parkway leads from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi. The Alabama portion of the Parkway cuts across the northwest corner of the state.

Directions from : The entire parkway is a two-lane, undivided linear drive between Nashville, TN, on the north and Natchez, MS, on the south. The parkway crosses the northwest corner of Alabama. The Alabama section of the trace is accessible from Highways 20 and 14, and also from Interstate 72 going west.

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Additional Information:
Alabama Scenic Byways - America's Byways in Alabama include the Natchez Trace Parkway, the Selma to Montgomery March Byway and the Talladega Scenic Drive.
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Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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