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Designation: Great River Road
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Description - A journey along the Great River Road opens the door to Mississippi's history. Often referred to as "Blues Alley," Hwy. 61 takes you south from Memphis into the Mississippi Delta. Here, centuries of Mississippi River floods have created some of the world's richest farmland. Depending on the time of the year, you'll see cotton, rice and soybeans being planted, grown, or harvested along the way.

Fraught with history, the Great River Road gives you a chance to step into the past to get a taste of the glorious antebellum Mississippi period. At the Vicksburg National Military Park, the 47-day Battle and Siege of Vicksburg is commemorated in 1,800 acres of hills, trenches and bluffs. Near Gibson, the town General Grant proclaimed "too beautiful to burn," lie the Ruins of Windsor, the poignant remains of Mississippi's largest antebellum mansion. And, in Woodville, visit the boyhood home of Jefferson Davis, the first and only president of the Confederation.

You can also get a taste of culture along the Great River Road. The lives of the people in the Delta are reflected in some of the world's riches and most soulful music. The blues. Explore the origin of this music at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, which includes memorabilia of B.B. King, Muddy Waters and many other blues legends. In the main cities that the Great River Road passes, one can find an interest even for the most stubborn character. There are casinos in Tunica/Robinsville and Greenville, historical sites in almost all the towns, and horse-drawn carriages in Natchez.

Attractions - The Great River Road - Mississippi is known for it's Archeology, Cultural, Historical, Natural, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

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Directions from : From Memphis, take Highway 61 southward, along the Mississippi River to Natchez. If you're coming from the south, take Highway 61 in Natchez and head northward toward Memphis.

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Report: Anne and I got on Great river road in Natchez. We were camping and after a day being amazed at the natural beauty of the Mississippi Delta and the vast amount of prime farmland we decided to camp at "Great River Road State Park" it was a real nice campground,had a great view of the Missisippi River from an elevated tower. The sunset was absolutely beautiful. some of the campsites had faulty electrical service so I advise if you camp there check the hookups prior to setting up camp. I'm orriginally from Louisiana and am accoustomed to the ever present mosquito, however, it has been a long time since I saw as many of the pesky critters as there were at River Road State Park. Be sure to have repellant with you. Although the mosquitoes were attrotious I will probably camp there again just for the view from the overlook. If you are looking for a nice peaceful drive and like to watch farming activities, ie: crop dusters, tractors plowing, crops in different phases of growth, as I do you will find this a trip well worth taking. As you traverse the contry side you can almost picture farmworkers singing and playing the blues. One thing that I couldn't help but feel was what it must have been like years ago, prior the the invent modern farm equipment, having to work day in and day out in the vast fields,and heat,of the Mississippi Delta. One can also drive the levees in Mississippi and I found that an interesting side trip.

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Additional Information:
Mississippi Scenic Byways - Mississippi contains the largest portion of the Natchez Trace Parkway, an All-American Road, in addition to four other state or nationally designated byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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