Take A Scenic Drive On The Natchez Trace Parkway
If you have traveled in Mississippi, Alabama or Tennessee, you have most likely been on the Natchez Trace Parkway before.
But if you have no idea what it is, the Natchez Trace Parkway, according to NationalParkService.gov, is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive. The Natchez Trace goes from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee, and through a small portion of Alabama.
You may think the Natchez Trace is just some road that will take you from one sate to another, however NatchezTraceTravel.com reports that it is a federal park maintained by the National Park Service.
It was also named by the Federal Highway Administration as one of America’s National Scenic Byways. The Natchez Trace Parkway was named, according to MSHistoryNow.com, in remembrance of the old Natchez Trace in the 19th also used for traveling. Today’s Natchez Trace is a transportation corridor and a place for biking, hiking, horseback riding, walking trails, and camping.
The Natchez Trace features beautiful nature scenes and historic landmarks. There are many places you can stop and stretch your legs while traveling, or if you are looking for a relaxing day out with family and friends, you can stop at picnic and camping areas.
Below are three of the many beautiful places you can visit while traveling on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
The Pearl River Bend
The Pearl River Bend is located at milepost 122.6 on the Natchez Trace. NatchezTravel.com reports that it is the ridge between the Pearl River and the Big Black River that runs for 150 miles.
It was discovered by a French explorer who sailed the river and found pearls in it. This stop on the Natchez Trace is the perfect spot to have a picnic or grill with friends. You can see where the river curves and often see boats or people fishing on a nice day.
The Cypress Swamp
A few miles from the Pearl River Bend at milepost 122.0 is the Cypress Swamp, a good place to stop if you want to stretch your legs or see unusual scenery.
A bridge built over the swamp is about a 20-minute walk. You can see the unique and beautiful ways trees grow in the swamp.
The Ross Barnett Reservoir Overlook
A few more miles down from the Cypress Swamp is the reservoir overlook at milepost 105.6. The Ross Barnett Reservoir runs parallel with the Natchez Trace Parkway for eight miles, but at this stop, there is an open field of grass that leads down to a beautiful view of the reservoir. The Natchez Trace multi-use trail is also located here.