The Natchez Trace Parkway

You may already know that I am traveling with my wife around the US this year; we left Manhattan on New Year’s Eve and are riding tandem on the Tiger and Wendy in a Ford Escape:

Wendy is authoring that site but here is another of my interspersed ride reports of noteworthy motorcycle destinations.

The original Natchez Trace was used for over 10,000 years; this 444 mile NPS Parkway follows it. Like the Blue Ridge Parkway, it is mostly touring cars, RVs, and motorcycles. We began by spending two days at the southern terminus, Natchez, Mississippi. Our B&B is on the cliff overlooking the Mississippi River into Louisiana.IMG_20160306_175607961.jpg

We had a full day & a half in town and walked over 18 miles (says Fitbit) seeing antebellum homes. The next morning we hopped on the Parkway. IMG_1880

Our first stop was MP10, Emerald Mound. IMG_20160308_100811756








Followed by the Sunken Trace, over 10,000 years old. IMG_1924






Then Port Gibson, a little town following a detour to these crazy ruins: IMG_20160308_110138693

We left the Parkway to visit Vicksburg, but still had a nice 10 miles of mixed surface country roads heading there.

The only wildlife was a couple of turkey vultures and a mid-sized snake crossing the other lane.

Tomorrow back on the Trace and ride towards Kosciusko, MS., a cute town off the Parkway good for hunkering down against the storm incoming.

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1 Response to The Natchez Trace Parkway

  1. John says:

    I’ve done the Trace several times. One of my favorite rides!

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