Natchez Trace Parkway
Includes all lodging, breakfasts and dinners, picnic lunches, support van, leaders, tour maps, gpx routes & narratives.
Transportation included from Nashville Airport to the orientation hotel near the start of the Parkway, and from the end of the Parkway to Natchez, TN and the Alexandria International Airport
Not included: Airline service; Guide Gratuity.
Nashville International Airport - 2:00 PM; Airport Hotel - 4:00 PM
6 pm - Alexandria International Airport
Natchez Trace Parkway Bike Tour
From animal path to Indian trail to wilderness road, the Natchez Trace once traversed hundreds of miles of unbroken virgin forests. Today, the Trace is known as the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park, 444 miles of paved roadway extending from its northern terminus, just south of Nashville, TN, to Natchez, MS. The Parkway represents the culmination of decades of dedication and determination to preserve the history and heritage of this region. The Trace is an account of thousands of years of human habitation in the south, from the early Native American tribes to the settlers who breached the Appalachian barrier in their westward quest for new lands. It is also the antebellum south and a chronicle of the Civil War.
The nature of the parkway, seventy years in its planning and construction, was never intended as a major corridor of commerce connecting major populationcenters of the south. Instead, its purpose was to offer travelers an oppoortunity to experience the history and heritage of the region. The Parkway is rural in character as it winds through miles of forested ridges and broad river valleys There is no commercial traffic permitted on the Parkway – in other words, no logging trucks, 18-wheelers, billboards, or strip malls. One must leave the Parkway to access lodging, restuarants and stores. Whithout a doubt, the Parkway is a cyclist’s fanstasy – it is one of America’s premier cycling experiences.
Our Bike Tour Schedule
We’ll assemble just south of Nashville and begin our journey along the Trace near Milepost 442 at the northern terminus of the Trace. The first day is challenging, with more climbing than subsequent days, as we ascend, then roll along the ridge top terrain with spectacular vistas. As we move farther south, the terrain levels out. There are no lodging or food options along the parkway. Some days we can bike to a nearby lodge, but on others, we will need to shuttle with the van. This flexibility will keep our days fairly even with mileage, and allow us to enjoy each day to the fullest, without missing a mile of the historic parkway. It also means we can access some lovely B&B’s along the route. The support van will be full of healthy energy food to keep you going all day, and we can also carry specialty items you have purchased to have available at the SAG stops.
A bonus event on this tour is a layover day in Vicksburg, MS. – a city rich in civil war and antebellum history. A bike or vehicle tour through the Vicksburg National Military Park and Battelfield will be offered. Beyond Jackson, it is just 2 more days to complete the Parkway.
See Detailed Intineray Here:
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|Day 1||Orientation dinner in Nashville, TN|
|Day 2||Northern Terminus - Hohenwald, TN||51|
|Day 3||Hohenwald, TN - Florence, AL||51|
|Day 4||Florence, AL -Kirkville and on to Tupelo, MS||61|
|Day 5||Kirkville to Starksville, MS||63|
|Day 6||Starksville - Kosciusko, MS||60|
|Day 7||Kosciusko, MS - Ridgeland, MS||61|
|Day 8||Layover day in Vicksburg, MS||0-21|
|Day 9||Port Gibson, MS||62|
|Day 10||Port Gibson - Natchez, MS, van shuttle to airport||40|