I have been fortunate to be able to drive much of the Natchez Trace Parkway at one time or another. The Natchez Trace is a National Parkway which is part of the National Park System. It runs along the route of the original Natchez Trace for 444 miles from Nashville TN to Natchez MS. The original trace was a trail used by Native Americans and then later on by explorers and traders in the 1700’s and 1800’s.
The Natchez Trace is a beautiful drive with very limited traffic and lots of wildlife to see. I have seen deer, turkeys, foxes, skunks, raccoons, hawks, coyotes, and even a bobcat once along the side of the road. There are also places to stop almost every mile or two with picnic area, Indian mounds, hiking trails, and archeological sites among sights.
Earlier this week I drove on a rainy day from Natchez to Jackson MS and took a few pictures. If you are traveling in this area, I highly recommend taking the Trace for an enjoyable and relaxing drive with beautiful sights around every turn.