RVing historic, scenic Natchez Trace Parkway

Natchez Trace Parkway in Autumn. (NTP)
Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge in autumn (ScenicTrace.com)

Autumn and Spring are our favorite seasons for slowly meandering and exploring scenic byways and parkways across America.

Over the past decade, we have RVed numerous two-lane roadways in the shoulder seasons.  We’ve traveled both the famous Skyline Drive through the Shenandoah National Park, and the amazing Blue Ridge Parkway.

Natchez Trace Parkway is popular with RVers. (NPS)

Next on our list is the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway that traverses 444 miles and 10,000 years of history. It was built to commemorate the most significant roadway of the Old Southwest.

Early on, American Indian hunter-gatherer societies followed the trail, or ‘traced’ the migration patterns of bison herds.  “By the late 1700s growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path,” says National Park literature. “Today the Natchez Trace Parkway creates a greenway from southern Appalachian foothills of Tennessee to the bluffs of the lower Mississippi River.” The Trace is a peaceful invitation to RVers to “experience historic and scenic landscapes at a leisurely pace.”

RV Camping

Along the way, you will fine more than a dozen campgrounds along the Natchez Trace corridor, three in the park, and many others just outside the park, including Natchez State Park. The three Parkway campgrounds are free, primitive, and available on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on this great American parkway and places to camp, click here for an article I posted on RV Short Stop.

Julianne G. Crane

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