The table below have my planned stops when I was still researching my trip south down the Trace. As of October 27, 2014, I’m there! Here’s the link to the index page on the website where I’ll be posting lots of pictures and details of this journey.
Comments below and tips would still be most welcome and appreciated! I’m starting to get emails with suggestions, but if I could get them in Comments below, that would be more helpful to have everything in one place.
|Nashville||444||Start of Parkway heading south|
|Birdsong Hollow and Double Arch Bridge||438||Views of the nation’s first double arch bridge spans 1,648 feet and stands 155 feet tall.|
|Leiper’s Fork – TN||428||Stop at Puckett’s Grocery for country style meal.|
|Gordon House and Duck River Ferry||408||Built in 1818, the Gordon House is one of only two surviving historic buildings on the Parkway|
|Jackson Falls||405||The short but steep trail to views of Jackson Falls, making it one of the most popular walks along the parkway.|
|Fall Hollow Waterfall||392||Just off the Parkway, a path and a set of wooden bridges take you across the small creeks before they begin their tumbling descent. The easy part of the path ends at an observation deck where you can look down at the largest waterfall.|
|Meriwether Lewis – TN||386||57 miles from start – Info center, National Monument and NP Campground – primitive, first-come, first served|
|Shiloh Nat’l Military Park – TN/MS||370||32 miles from Parkway on US-72. Site of the bloody April 1862 battle.|
|Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall – AL||338||The largest memorial to a Native American woman in the United States, in memory of a Yuchi Indian who was part of the American Indian Removal to Oklahoma.|
|Rock Spring Nature Trail – AL||330||A short half mile loop trail past Colbert Creek to explore a small natural spring as it bubbles forth from the ground.|
|Colbert Ferry – AL||327||A ferry operated from 1800 to 1819, famous for charging Andrew Jackson $75,000 to ferry his Tennessee Army across the river.|
|Tuscumbia – AL||320||Settled in 1816. Helen Keller birthplace. Spring Park looks wonderful – waterfall downtown. Nearby city park (McFarland) with CG in Florence (205-760-6416)|
|Freedom Hills Overlook – AL||317||Highest point on the Trace.|
|Tishomingo State Park – MS||304||Per RV Wanderlust, stay here and don’t miss the swinging bridge.|
|Pharr Mounds – MS||287||Ceremonial site and burial grounds built between 1 and 200 A.D.|
|Brice’s Cross Roads National Battlefield – MS||282||A Confederate victory, also called the Battle of Tishomingo Creek. Side trip about 15 miles from the Trace. Visitor Center at US 45 and MS 370.|
|Confederate soldiers grave||269||Short walk to graves of 13 Confederate soldiers.|
|Tupelo Visitors Center||266||Parkway headquarters – Orientation program, 20 min. self-guided trail, side trip to Brices Crossroads National Battlefield. MP 259.7 is exit to Tupelo to explore town (Elvis birthplace, Tupelo National Battlefield)|
|Chickasaw Village Site||262||Describes daily live at village.|
|Bynum Mounds||232||Built 2,000 years ago, exhibits describe life & culture of prehistoric people who once lived here.|
|Jeff Busby NP CG||193||18 sites – free, first-come, first served (no hookups)|
|French Camp||181||Discover how early American life used to be in this quaint log cabin village. Eat at Council House Cafe.|
|Cypress Swamp||122||Beautiful short walk.|
|Boyd Mounds||106||There was a house here around 500 A.D. – 100’ long mound, remains of 41 burials found.|
|Brasher’s Stand and Old Trace||104||In 1806 the stand was advertised as “a house of entertainment in the wilderness.”|
|Timberlake CG||102||On the Ross Barnett Reservoir – recommended by MS RV group on FB.|
|Cowles Mead Cemetery||88||Only a small cemetery remains of large estate that burned during the Civil War.|
|Lower Choctaw Boundary||61||This line divided lands taken by new settlers of the MS country from lands of the Choctaw Nation.|
|Rocky Springs NP CG||55||22 sites – free, first-come, first served (no hookups). A short trail from the upper parking area leads to the old town site. Settled in the late 1790s, the town grew from a watering place along the Natchez Trace – by 1860, over 2500 people lived in this area. Civil War, yellow fever, destructive crop insects and poor land management brought an end to this rural community.|
|Sunken Trace||42||One of the most photographed stops – walk along original Natchez Trace.|
|Windsor Ruins||40||About 10 miles SW of Port Gibson. If heading south, leave Trace at about MM 40, take loop to the ruins and then return at about MM 30. Built just before the Civil War, it was one of the largest plantations in the area but it burned down in 1890 – 23 of the columns, balustrades and iron stairs still remain.|
|Old Country Store Restaurant||30||18801 Highway 61 South, Lorman, MS – just a bit off the Trace at about MM 30. Per Jan, a Not to Be Missed eatin’ place!|
|Mount Locust||15||Built about 1780, one of the oldest buildings in Mississippi. It was both a working plantation and an inn and is the only surviving inn of the more than 50 once on the Trace.|
|Natchez State Park||10||10 miles from downtown Natchez|
|Emerald Mound||10||Second largest mound in North America built and used during the Mississippian period between 1250 and 1600 A.D|
Following four recommended by Jan Waggoner:
Stanton Hall (1857) also Greek Revival style – quite elegant for its time period.
Auburn Antebellum Home (1812) has unusual floating spiral staircase between the first and second floors.
Rosalie Mansion – Interesting love story.
Old paddlewheeler Mamie S. Barrett – Per Darrell Goza on FB, see his post on December 28, 2012 about it – wonderful! In Deer Park, LA, about 20 miles from Natchez.
Pig Out BBQ on Canal is a local hangout with good pulled pork BBQ (Jan).
Under the Hill Saloon on Silver Street by the river is worth a visit just for its quirkiness – it’s a bar and upstairs in a small hotel (Jan).
Malia’s Miles.com full coverage of the Trace trip.