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Old 05-15-2021, 04:55 PM   #1
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Natchez Trace

Earlier i posted about wanting to travel the natchez trace in our motor home but my wife came upon some restrictions and one is length no more than 55 ft and my coach and towed vehicle are 60 ft I guess that restricts me from driving it , does anyone know for sure this is the case.
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Old 05-15-2021, 05:31 PM   #2
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Here's a link
https://www.nps.gov/natr/planyourvisit/rvs.htm


That's what it says, do they enforce???
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:19 PM   #3
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We have driven it many times at just under 60 ft. and never problem. Nor have I ever seen a coach pulleld over.

There are however some pullouts and campgrounds that you will not be able to get into
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My pace arrow is 35 ft. I had no trouble on the whole length of the parkway. I saw many diesel pushers who had no problem. I say go for it.
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We were on it a couple of years back at 60 foot OAL. We asked at on of the visitors centers and they said unofficially, the 55 foot restriction was from when the Trace was built and RVs have now gotten larger. They said that many turn outs and campgrounds would be ab issue for over 55 feet. Just behave yourself and don't be a nuisance.

If you contact then in writing, they will answer with the code and restrictions.

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Old 05-16-2021, 01:20 AM   #6
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Drove the Trace last month from Natchez, MS to the Tennessee line. Coach & toad are 57' long. No Problem.
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You probably won't have any LEO issues, but the pull offs for overlooks and POIs that you can use will be few and far between.
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Natchez trace

Thanks for the update, we are planning to leave the end of the week, wy wife came across the restriction notice yesterday and I thought we were going to have to cancel that part of the trip.
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If you are just looking for windshiled time? Do it.
But if you want to stop along the way at the diffrent rest areas and poi. I think you will have issues if they are bussy.
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Don't worry about the length. Enjoy the beautiful drive!
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I called the office a few years back and talked to a ranger. Told him I was about 61 feet. No problem. Beautiful drive, virtually no traffic. Read some historical stuff about the Trace, fascinating trail preyed upon by highwaymen and murderers.
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Don't worry too much about it, we are on the Trace right now (well in a campground 15 miles off of it for another night, then back on the Trace southbound), and on our drive up saw several diesel pushers with TOADs, though having said that some of the pullouts do not have good turn around areas, as a general rule though most pullouts are RV friendly, just be very careful on the exits off the Trace. Lots of low overhanging limbs on the clover leaf like entry / exit ramps to the trace. Today we were driving part of the northern section of the Trace in our TOAD which we missed in our coach, and took an exit to get back to the campground the back way and we were greeted with an 11'0" underpass looping under the trace on the exit with no warning. (Hwy 241 in TN around trace mile marker 380). If we would have been in the coach we would have been disconnecting a TOAD in the middle of the road in order to back up.
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https://www.nps.gov/natr/learn/manag...compendium.htm

Appendix 1 - Towing

Hauling of multiple pieces of recreational equipment on a single trainer is permitted providing total vehicle and trailer length does not exceed 55 feet.
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Not sure that 'Near Future' means...

Alert: "Planned Road Repair near Tupelo, MS in Near Future
Five mile sections of Parkway roadway will be completely closed to traffic between milepost 257 (HWY 6) and 266 (Visitor Center) starting around mid-June. The process of repair will take 4-5 months, depending on weather."

Surely there will be a means to bypass the affected area, but you might want to check to see what 'bypass' difficulties you need to prepare for, if any.
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