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 Natchez Trace Parkway - Mississippi is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.
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 also crosses the northwest corner of Alabama. To travel the Mississippi portion of the Trace, take Highway 61 from Natchez in southern Mississippi north to Alabama.