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Old 03-13-2015, 08:00 AM   #15
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The trace is all about history. Think about those Kentucks, who floated down the river, sold their barges, wood was in demand, and walked back to "Kentucky". Those awesome plantations that one can visit. "If walls could talk"... once you forget about the forest, you begin to see each tree.
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The trace is all about history. Think about those Kentucks, who floated down the river, sold their barges, wood was in demand, and walked back to "Kentucky". Those awesome plantations that one can visit. "If walls could talk"... once you forget about the forest, you begin to see each tree.
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As far as I know there are no plantations on the 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway.
However by driving roads other than the Natchez Trace Parkway, plantations can be visited in all 4 of the states the Trace passes through,(as well as in 12 other U.S. states).
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Old 03-13-2015, 05:02 PM   #17
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As stated the Blue Ridge is a bit tight along the mountain ridge line. Built as part of the CCC activities in the 1930's and the camp grounds came in not long after. Most government CG are dry camping if you can fit. There are commercial CG but you might have to come down off the ridge to camp.

It's a long winding drive. Nice views for passengers but the driver might get busy from time to time.
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As far as I know there are no plantations on the 444 mile Natchez Trace Parkway.
However by driving roads other than the Natchez Trace Parkway, plantations can be visited in all 4 of the states the Trace passes through,(as well as in 12 other U.S. states).
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Well to be correct the Natchez Trace ends in the city of Natchez where there are a number of antebellum plantation homes to visit so I guess they are on the Trace. I have traveled the Trace numerous times since the 70's. If you enjoy a slow paced rate of travel on a well maintained road with lots of history and places to view it you will enjoy the Trace but beware you will not see a McDonalds, Flying J, Burger King or any other specimen of average travel on most roads today so you might be bored.
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We run the entire Trace every time our travels take us anywhere near that part of the country. It's one of our favorite drives.

Absolutely give it a try. If your internal wiring is such that it becomes boaring just bail out. But at least give it a try. There's a good chance you'll look forward to "end-to-end" drives in future years too - - especially if you take the time to study a little of the history along the way about those days when the Natchez Trace helped tie this country together.
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Natchez Trace= beautiful. So there. Boring would be if we all thought the same.
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I grew up by the Natchez Trace, travelled it many times. Natchez Trace = Boring Boring Boring. If you like infinite stretches of nothing mixed with a cyclist pedaling 10 miles per hour who takes up half a two lane road, then the Trace is for you.
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Will be taking the Trace for the first time in a few days starting at mile post 204 heading to Nashville. Will be stopping at Trace State Park and Natchez Trace RV Resort in TN near mp370. Looking forward to it. Any place that we really should not miss
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Serengeti,

I am much more familiar with the trace south of mp 204 but have a suggestion or two. There are many POI's all along the trace. There is a bicycle trail on an old railroad line starting in Houston, MS. It is called Tanglefoot trail. Houston, MS is about 15 miles north of where you will begin your trip.


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I live in Ms but the most interesting POI are in Tn along the trace. The most interesting thing in Ms on your path are the Indian mounds just north of Tupelo. It's worth a stop with bathrooms and easy entry and exit. Just be careful, some of the pull offs are not RV friendly especially if you have a toad. There are several waterfalls and caves once you get closer to Nashville. Leipers fork near Nashville is a cool little town, if you are there around lunch, I recommend Pucketts Grocery.
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Any suggestions or comments for going North to South on either of the above. Travelling in a 40' Tiffin Phaeton. Am looking for campgrounds and suggested sightseeing.
There are 3 Nat'l Park Campgrounds along the Trace:
Camping - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service)

There are more than a dozen campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway corridor, three in the park, and many others just outside the park. The three Parkway campgrounds are free, primitive, and available on a first come, first serve basis. They do not offer electricity, showers, or dump stations. They are spread out along the Parkway: Rocky Springs (Milepost 54), Jeff Busby (Milepost 193.1) and Meriwether Lewis (Milepost 385). Many of the other campgrounds along the Parkway corridor offer electricity, showers, and dump stations. Check the complete updated list of all the campgrounds along the Parkway for the locations and services offered by private and public campgrounds. Those who are biking the Parkway may be interested in the bicycle-only campgrounds along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
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If you are starting at the northern end of the Trace, get a good meal at The Loveless Cafe on Tennessee Highway 100 not far from the northern terminus. Great Southern cuisine and absolutely KILLER biscuits, jams, and jellies. Grab a homemade pie to put in the refrigerator for the trip and a dozen biscuits to go.
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If you are starting at the northern end of the Trace, get a good meal at The Loveless Cafe on Tennessee Highway 100 not far from the northern terminus. Great Southern cuisine and absolutely KILLER biscuits, jams, and jellies. Grab a homemade pie to put in the refrigerator for the trip and a dozen biscuits to go.
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You can't get there coming from the south?
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