Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway

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A unique journey through the heart of the Deep South, The Natchez Trace Parkway traverses 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, across the mighty Tennessee River in northwestern Alabama, to its northern terminus just shy of Nashville, Tennessee. For travelers planning a visit or already on the way, Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway will help them discover all that the historic byway has to offer. From milepost to milepost, discover an ancient trail blazed hundreds of years ago by Native Americans that, in the ...
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Overview


A unique journey through the heart of the Deep South, The Natchez Trace Parkway traverses 444 miles from Natchez, Mississippi, across the mighty Tennessee River in northwestern Alabama, to its northern terminus just shy of Nashville, Tennessee. For travelers planning a visit or already on the way, Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway will help them discover all that the historic byway has to offer. From milepost to milepost, discover an ancient trail blazed hundreds of years ago by Native Americans that, in the early nineteenth century, became a trekking road for river boaters, who had sold their goods and vessels and were now headed back to central Tennessee and beyond.

Visitors can drive the entire length, sampling the hundreds of scenic areas, restaurants, inns, exhibits, recreation areas, and other sites along the way. Motorcyclists will want to cruise the entire length as well, but will especially savor the hundreds of miles of meandering road between Natchez and Tupelo. For an even more intimate experience, Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway shows where to hike on over 60 miles of National Scenic Trail, where to camp, and gives tips on bicycling the parkway's scenic length.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A singular book that has captured the Natchez Trace with beauty and clarity. Bachleda masterfully guides readers through the many twists and turns of this glorious old road." -- Southern Living

"Lynne Bachleda's fabulous Guide to the Natchez Trace Parkway is an indispensable companion for contemporary travelers on the Trace, from hikers and bikers to history buffs and practically any driver between Nashville and Natchez." -- John Egerton, award-winning Southern author

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897329255
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 4/26/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 217,876
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

F. Lynne Bachleda, a resident of Fairview, Tennessee, is a freelance researcher and writer who has contributed to many national publications over the last two decades and is the author of several nature books.
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Table of Contents

List of Mileposts by Category inside front and back covers Map Legend and Icon Key vii

Maps viii

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Overview 1

What and Where Is the Natchez Trace? 3

The Visitor Center 4

Tough Old Traces 4

The Birth and Death of the Natchez Trace as a Road 5

The Resurrection of the Natchez Trace as a Parkway 6

How to Use This Guide 8

Chapter 1 Traveling Your Own Trace 11

"Should We Stop Here?" 11

Parkway Categories 11

The Trace Top Twenty 12

The Old Trace 14

Kaintuck Boatmen and the Postal Road 16

Archeology and Native Americans 18

Civil War and Other Military History 22

Natural Wonders 23

The Living Trace 26

National Park Service (NPS) Information 27

Chapter 2 The Nuts and Bolts of Traveling the Trace 29

How to Use the Mileposts 29

Parkway Rules 30

Emergencies 31

A Litter-free Trace 31

Speeding Along on the Parkway 31

Timing Your Trip 32

Weather and Climate 32

What to Wear 33

How Safe Is the Trace? 33

Natural Dangers 34

Children's Activities 36

Gas, Food, and Lodging 37

Chapter 3 The Many Ways to Travel the Trace 49

Motorized Vehicles 49

Bicycles 50

Hiking and Horses 55

Water 61

Accessible Areas for the Disabled 62

Chapter 4 A Chronology of the Natchez Trace 63

Chapter 5 Sight-seeing by Milepost 69

Natchez, Mississippi 69

Natchez, Mississippi, to Jackson, Mississippi 76

Jackson, Mississippi 88

Jackson, Mississippi, to Tupelo, Mississippi 90

Tupelo, Mississippi 104

Tupelo, Mississippi, to the Alabama State Line 111

Alabama (Mileposts 313-341.8) 115

Tennessee (Mileposts 343.5-444) 128

Nashville, Tennessee 133

Resources 135

Books 135

Pamphlets 137

Internet 137

Appendixes 141

Appendix 1 Accommodations within a 15-minute Bicycle Ride of the Parkway 141

Appendix 2 Chambers of Commerce for Towns within Approximately 20 Miles of the Parkway 147

Appendix 3 Campgrounds Near the Natchez Trace Parkway 150

Appendix 4 Natchez Trace Parkway Sub-District Offices 152

Appendix 5 Non-Vehicular Campgrounds for Bicyclers, Hikers, and Scout Groups 154

Index 155

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2014

    Excellent

    If your about to travel.the natchez trace the most important thing to have is information on places to eat, sleep and sight attractions this book gives it all! Something I wish I had when I travled it a year ago.

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