Natchez Trace Parkway

A long time favorite, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a historic beautiful 444 mile meander through mostly Mississippi from Natchez to near Nashville TN. The parkway preserves a historic route taken by early 19th century boatmen back north after delivering their boats and cargo down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to Natchez. Those boatmen were following the Native American travel route who in turn were following the seasonal migration pattern of bison to salt licks in Tennessee. Natchez was a the principal trading port for cotton and other plantation crops sold to northern markets and Europe. It had more millionaires than Boston.

Beautiful Natchez Trace Parkway

The parkway is a unit of the National Park Service. There are 3 campgrounds along the way. We stayed at the Rocky Springs campground after entering the parkway near Clinton MS. The campground has no hookups with nicely spaced paved sites. Our new smaller rig fit in perfectly.

Rocky S[rings Campground
Sunken road that is the Natchez Trace

Rocky Springs is now a ghost town near the parkway. In 1860 it had a population of 2616 inhabitants 2000 of whom were slaves. The Civil War, yellow fever and the cotton boll weevil led to the demise of the town. The spring dried up and all that remains is the historic church and a cemetery.

Rocky Springs church since 1837
Rocky Springs cemetery
Last stop for northbound travelers to re-supply before entering Indian country
The Trace has long been recognized as a historic landmark

Here is a link to the wikipedia page for the “Trace”.

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2 Responses to Natchez Trace Parkway

  1. Drove the Trace many times and stopped and stayed at all the stops one time or another. Probably one of our favorite drives.


  2. Kings On the Road says:

    We haven’t traveled the whole parkway yet but it’s on the list.


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