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a k 10-14-2009 04:57 PM

Natchez Trace -Anyone??
Heading for Natchez Trace Friday from St. Louis.

Think it's a mistake? Anyone been down thru there?

DAN L 10-15-2009 02:39 AM


Originally Posted by a k (Post 555522)
Heading for Natchez Trace Friday from St. Louis.

Think it's a mistake? Anyone been down thru there?

the dw and i were there on our motorcycle several years ago. it was a great trip.
the road was in good shape. no commercial trucks were allowed. you should have no troubles in a moho.:)

Elkhartjim 10-15-2009 05:36 AM

We left Nashville last Friday "doing" the Trace. The leaves are beautiful and wildlife is abundant. Its a great drive and/or ride. The biggest problem you're going to have is the size of your coach. You are limited on cg's. Barnes Crossing cg in Tupelo can handle your rig. Goshen Springs CG north of Jackson can also handle large rigs.

Make a stop at French Camp for sure.

I don't want to get too wordy here, but if you need more info I'll try to help.

speed racer 10-15-2009 07:08 AM

It's a great drive this time of year with the trees turning colors. Take your time and make many stops. As far as campgrounds there are a few to choose from around Tupilo and there is one across the river from Natchez that can acomadate your MH. You must see tha Aunty Bellum homes there is one that was never completed I don't remember the name but it's a must see. If you get to Vicksburg don't miss the battle feild you can't take your MH on the drive but it's a must see.

a k 10-15-2009 09:53 AM


I'm booning it at Sam's in Paducah on Friday and KOA in Nashville Sat night and Boone's Crossing on Sun night.

Anybody know of a good RV park in Paducah? I looked and looked and it either can't get my rig in or they have bad reviews.

I called Sam's and they put me on hold and didn't get back but what she said there wouldn't be a problem.

Trying to find Goshen Springs on Goggle Earth. No luck.

Can't wait to get on the road.

How many of you wives out there drive your coach? Mine won't even try. It makes for a long day for me. And I promised here I wouldn't yell at her, but she knows I'm Lying

stearn 10-15-2009 06:02 PM

A great drive we really enjoyed it. Would suggest Trace State Park near Tupelo. Timber Lake near Jackson Ms was nice too. My wife won't drive either.

Elkhartjim 10-15-2009 06:21 PM

My wife drives. Sometimes for only a couple hours but it sure helps.
Check the following link for Goshen Springs. We just got off the Trace last night. Beautiful drive and with 50 mph speed limit and hardly any traffic, a great place to let her take the wheel.
Welcome to the Ross Barnett Reservoir

skigramp 10-15-2009 07:03 PM

Two campgrounds that are excellent ..
I have stayed at two campgrounds (in the vicinity of the Trace) that are excellent and can handle rigs of all sizes ...

a) Near Jackson ... Ross Barnett Lake / Timberlake Campground ... it is a former Corps of Engineering Campground ... concrete pads ... full hookups ... roomy back-in-sites ... it is probably about 10 miles off the trace ... and it will take a little navigating to get there ... but it is worth the drive ...

b) Near Natchez ...River View RV Park and Resort ... located on the West side of the Mississippi River .... you can watch the river traffic from your rig ... excellent park

a k 10-16-2009 10:18 AM

Thanks to all. Getting ready to hit the road. Crappy weather still here in St Louis.

a k 10-20-2009 09:28 AM

Didn't make it 40 miles down the Trace. She was getting sick from the turns and the bicycle riders scared her. Turned of on I 20 and pressed where to on GPS to HOME. Back in St Louis Sunday night 8 PM.

What a waste.

Elkhartjim 10-20-2009 04:31 PM

Bummer! Where did you have all the turns? We just returned and I'll be darn if I can remember any "bad" turns, curves, etc.

You sure want to stay off the Beartooth Hwy.

If your serious, pm me with price on the Essex.

RoadRohrers 10-20-2009 04:58 PM

How disappointing for you. There are parts where the trace may a little narrow and curvy. Each person has their own tolerance. Pat is great at many things, but absolutely wants nothing to do with driving the motorhome. She assures me she can get somewhere if I have the big one. We'll see. Pat is already girding up for the trip to New England next summer. Or as I tell folks (big talker when she's in other room). The MH and I are going to NE. And she is certainly welcome to join us. Where did you get on the Trace?

stearn 10-20-2009 07:02 PM

Sorry to hear about your bad experiance. Maybe your wife's Dr. could prescribe something to help calm her nerves. My wife wouldn't ride in the MH when we first started motorhoming. Oddly enough she was as anxious to buy as I was. My friend and I drove while the wives followed. A week later we took our maiden voyage, it took a few trips for her to get used to the monster with the panoramic view. We are now owning our second MH, and loving every time we use it.

a k 10-21-2009 04:15 PM

Weather was bad in Paduchah and same on Saturday in Nashville. Camped in the KOA ground and had a patio spot that was on an incline. Couldn't level coach even on 2 X 10's. Woke up to a beautiful Sunday morning. Headed out and started down the Trail about one O'Clock and the first 40 miles it swerves back and forth. I wasn't even running the 40 MPH speed limit and between the turns and the bike riders I guess it scared her.

She's mad cause we came home.

What a great drive from the Trace across Tenn to Caruthrsville MO.

Highway 57 south of Mount Vernon Ill beats you to death.

skipwil 10-21-2009 04:40 PM

a k... i was in lebanon, tn all last week at the tn good sam samboree and for 6 days it was more than bad. miserable would be closer. we had 184 rigs there and no one complained. (go figure) the trace is my next trip in the new year. i've been on part in a car so the rv is next.
ck our website below.
safe journeys

lakewoodpaul 10-22-2009 05:09 PM

not too many of us motor-homers take the Beartooth Hwy Truly a beautiful rd. but so is the Chief Joseph

powerboatr 10-22-2009 07:14 PM

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to bad your trip was cut short
go again
we did it a few years ago
davis lake USDA park south of tupelo is a great hidden gem

skigramp 10-25-2009 05:40 PM


Perhaps you should "ease into" driving on "scenic" roads ... take some short trips and enjoy the RVing experience ...

A few years ago we visited St. Louis in our motorhome ... we stayed at Dr. Baker Memorial State Park out in Wildwood ... it had a lovely campground ...

We also stayed at Longview Lake County Park in Lee's Summit when we visited Kansas City ... they had nice sites there too ...

There must be more places near you that are nice places to enjoy your RV without travelling on roads that frighten your wife ...

I think if you take some shorter trips on roads that are easy to travel you will reduce the anxiety associated with travel in your motorhome ...

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