I spent three weeks driving the 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway and captured more than a few photos.
The 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway follows the route of an historic trail full of great stories, history, and culture. Beginning in Natchez, Mississippi and ending in Nashville, Tennessee, “The Trace” connects many cities and attractions across Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee.
I spent three week driving The Trace from Natchez to Nashville one spring. It was my first time driving the second longest parkway in the National Park Service. Here are some of my favorite photos I captured during my first adventure on The Trace.
The sharp slopes of the Emerald Mound is just one of many Native American burial grounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The large inn at Mount Locust is open for self-guided tours.
I think this might have been a dinner bell? It still worked.
One of the most-photographed portions of the Natchez Trace Parkway is this stop called Sunken Trace.
Much of the Natchez Trace Parkway is surrounded by nature.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir just outside Jackson, Mississippi was huge! There are also lots of hidden spots along the Natchez Trace Parkway to enjoy the view.
River Bend Overlook was a nice stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway. I watched people boating on the Pearl River.
This long boardwalk crosses Cypress Swamp.
For a swamp it sure was kinda pretty.
This rocking chair at an old log home at French Camp was kinda inviting.
This log home at French Camp isn’t just for display; it’s a rental unit and you can spend the night here!
Big two-story dog trot house along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Natchez Trace Parkway was built alongside the Old Natchez Trace, a hiking path used by tradesmen.
Owl Creek Mounds is another of the burial grounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
I came across the Confederate Gravesite mostly by accident after getting back on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, Mississippi.
Pharr Mounds were quite far from the Natchez Trace Parkway, but you could still see them.
This path passed through a collapse cave at Cave Spring.
Somebody decided to take a break from jet skiing along the Tennessee River at Colbert Ferry.
Tom’s Wall, as it is locally known, is an iconic stop along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama.
Tom’s Wall consists of thousands of stones stacked in commemoration of a Native American woman who walked the Trail of Tears and then walked back.
Take a close look at the Meriwether Lewis Memorial. See the top? It’s not damaged. The top was purposely left unfinished to commemorate the fact Lewis’ life was cut short.
These stone steps led from the parking lot down to the river and a beautifully peaceful escape.
When I got to Metal Ford a father and son team were setting up their canoe for a day of fun on the river.
The Gordon House Historic Site is another icon of the Natchez Trace Parkway.
I enjoyed the view from the top of the Double Arch Bridge near the end of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville, Tennessee.
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