25 Favorite Travel Photos From the Natchez Trace Parkway

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Jason Barnette
Posted on
March 28, 2019
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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.

A sharp slope of the grass-covered Emerald Mound at Milepost 10.3 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in MIssissippi

The sharp slopes of the Emerald Mound is just one of many Native American burial grounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Old inn at Mount Locus at Milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
Old inn at Mount Locus at Milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

The large inn at Mount Locust is open for self-guided tours.

An old bell with a bull chain on a post at Mount Locus at Milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
An old bell with a bull chain on a post at Mount Locus at Milepost 15.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

I think this might have been a dinner bell? It still worked.

A short section of trail passes between two trees along the Sunken Trace at Milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
A short section of trail passes between two trees along the Sunken Trace at Milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

One of the most-photographed portions of the Natchez Trace Parkway is this stop called Sunken Trace.

A beautiful bridge crosses a section of the parkway surrounded by trees on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
A beautiful bridge crosses a section of the parkway surrounded by trees on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

Much of the Natchez Trace Parkway is surrounded by nature.

A small wave crosses the massive Ross Barnett Reservoir just off the Natchez Trace Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi
A small wave crosses the massive Ross Barnett Reservoir just off the Natchez Trace Parkway in Jackson, Mississippi

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.

Boaters enjoy a day of river rafting on the Pearl River near the River Bend Overlook on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

River Bend Overlook was a nice stop on the Natchez Trace Parkway. I watched people boating on the Pearl River.

A long wooden boardwalk crosses Cypress Swamp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
A long wooden boardwalk crosses Cypress Swamp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

This long boardwalk crosses Cypress Swamp.

Towering trees in Cypress Swamp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
Towering trees in Cypress Swamp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

For a swamp it sure was kinda pretty.

An old rocking chair on the porch of a log house at French Camp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

This rocking chair at an old log home at French Camp was kinda inviting.

A comfy bed covered in a bright white comforter in a log house rental at French Camp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

This log home at French Camp isn’t just for display; it’s a rental unit and you can spend the night here!

A large white dog trot house at  French Camp on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

Big two-story dog trot house along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

A large wooden sign explaining The Old Natchez Trace on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
A large wooden sign explaining The Old Natchez Trace on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

The Natchez Trace Parkway was built alongside the Old Natchez Trace, a hiking path used by tradesmen.

The gentle rise of the grass-covered Owl Creek Mounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

Owl Creek Mounds is another of the burial grounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

American flags adorn the small white Confederate Gravesites on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
American flags adorn the small white Confederate Gravesites on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

I came across the Confederate Gravesite mostly by accident after getting back on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tupelo, Mississippi.

One of the mounds at Pharr Mounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi
One of the mounds at Pharr Mounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

Pharr Mounds were quite far from the Natchez Trace Parkway, but you could still see them.

A concrete path winds through the collapse cave at Cave Spring on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi

This path passed through a collapse cave at Cave Spring.

A jet ski anchored to the shore of the Tennessee River at Colbert Ferry on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama
A jet ski anchored to the shore of the Tennessee River at Colbert Ferry on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama

Somebody decided to take a break from jet skiing along the Tennessee River at Colbert Ferry.

Thousands of stones built into a man-made wall at Tom's Wall, officially known as the Wachapi Commemorative Stone Wall, on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama
Thousands of stones built into a man-made wall at Tom's Wall, officially known as the Wachapi Commemorative Stone Wall, on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama

Tom’s Wall, as it is locally known, is an iconic stop along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama.

Thousands of stones built into a man-made wall at Tom's Wall, officially known as the Wachapi Commemorative Stone Wall, on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Alabama
Thousands of stones built into a man-made wall at Tom's Wall, officially known as the Wachapi Commemorative Stone Wall, on 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.

The partially-built stone Meriwether Lewis Memorial on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee
The partially-built stone Meriwether Lewis Memorial on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee

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.

Stone steps lead down to the river at Jack's Branch on the Nathchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee
Stone steps lead down to the river at Jack's Branch on the Nathchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee

These stone steps led from the parking lot down to the river and a beautifully peaceful escape.

A canoe with paddles, fishing rods, and a cooler ready to get into the river at Metal Ford on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee
A canoe with paddles, fishing rods, and a cooler ready to get into the river at Metal Ford on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee

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 two-story brick Gorden House Historic Site on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee

The Gordon House Historic Site is another icon of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

View from the middle of the Double Arch Bridge on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville, Tennessee
View from the middle of the Double Arch Bridge on the Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville, Tennessee

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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