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Natchez Trace Parkway

This trail extends 444 miles and past the Mississippi borderline into Tennessee and Alabama. It is one of the more historic stretches in Mississippi, formerly used by Native Americans who originally settled the areas between, Andrew Jackson’s soldiers following victory at the battle of New Orleans, farmers who would float their crops downstream on makeshift barges and return home via the trail and lastly, nature lovers and history buffs.

Although the trail has been sort of chopped up over time, there are still portions of the historic original left in sections. New roads built prior to conservation efforts have cut through and over the original pathway. But to experience the path as a whole, some choose to trek along Mississippi parkways, which only see very mild traffic.

The long pieces that exist stop and start in small towns all over Mississippi and Tennessee. If you want to follow the footsteps of this country’s history, or blaze your own version, Natchez is the perfect nostalgic choice.