and Candy's Wingding!!!
Hotel List/Trip Cost
Hello All the trip start date will be August 29 with 11 night in
hotel rooms. We will be returning on Sept 9.
Candy and I hope you will be able to attend!!!
2134 Miles Total
Natchez Trace Pky 445 miles
The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000
years of North American history. Established as a unit of the National
Park System in 1938 and
officially completed in 2005, the Parkway commemorates the most significant
highway of the Old Southwest.
The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many
centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and
Choctaw nations. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and
early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly
marked path. The ”sunken” sections you can walk along today are clear signs of
historic use. In 1801 President Thomas Jefferson designated the Trace a national
postal road for the delivery of mail between Nashville and Natchez.
Gen. Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, James Audubon, Meriwether Lewis (who died
on the Trace in 1809), and Ulysses S. Grant are among the famous Americans to
have traveled the Natchez Trace.
Most travelers were anonymous working folks. In the early 1800s through the
mid-1820s, “Kaintucks” from the Ohio River Valley floated cash crops, livestock,
and other materials down the Mississippi River on wooden flatboats. At Natchez
or New Orleans, they sold their goods, sold their boats for lumber, and walked
or rode horseback toward home via the Old Trace. As the road was improved,
stands (inns) provided lodging, food, and drink to Trace travelers.
Today the Natchez Trace provides a near-continuous greenway from the southern
Appalachian foothills of Tennessee to the bluffs of the lower Mississippi River.
Along the way are sites like Emerald Mound, a national historic landmark and one
of the largest American Indian mounds in the United States; and Mount Locust,
one of only two surviving stands.
The Natchez Trace also crosses four ecosystems and eight major watersheds, and
provides habitat for nearly 1,500 species of plants, 33 mammal species, 134 bird
species, and 70 species of reptiles and amphibians. Also designated as a
National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, the parkway encourages modern
travelers to experience historic and scenic landscapes at a leisurely pace.