Natchez Trace Parkway

Overview

The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks", settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.

Don't forget that for some, the "thing to do" along the Natchez Trace Parkway is to relax and let the explorer in you take you to places that you may not have otherwise visited. Either the mystery of the mounds in Mississippi, the beauty of the waterfalls in Tennessee, or a summer rain shower in a cypress swamp could be the memory that stays with you after your time on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Map

Seasonality / Weather

In the summer, expect hot and humid weather throughout the length of the Parkway, high temperatures typically in the 90s. In the winter, because the Parkway spans 444 miles north and south, conditions vary greatly. Expect very mild winters near Natchez with only occasional freezing. In Tennessee, snow and icy bridges are common. Spring and fall are very pleasant.

Directions

Driving: 

Directions to the Natchez Trace Parkway vary greatly depending on what part of the tri-state Parkway you are trying to reach. There are more than 50 roads that access the Parkway in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Below are listed some of the more common ways that travelers may access the Parkway.

In Natchez, Mississippi - The southern terminus of the Parkway is accessed off of Liberty Road in Natchez, Mississippi. Technically, this is starting your trip from the historical "beginning" of the Old Trace, in Natchez, at milepost zero.

In Jackson, Mississippi - There are two major access points in the Jackson area. One access is from I-20, and the other from I-55.

In Tupelo, Mississippi - U.S. Highway 78 (future I-22) accesses the Parkway.

In Cherokee, Alabama - U.S. Highway 72 accesses the Parkway.

Southwest of Nashville, Tennessee - The northern terminus of the Parkway (milepost 444) intersects with Tennessee Highway 100 about 17 miles southwest of downtown Nashville. Travelers can also follow I-40 west of Nashville to exit 192, McCrory Lane. Travel on McCrory Lane for about 5 miles to the entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

It should be noted that the list above is only meant to highlight some of the more popular access points to the Parkway. Please keep in mind that there are over 50 roads that access the Parkway.