The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive that extends through Natchez, Missisippi and Nasheville, Tennesee through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. Used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role in American history. Today, visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.
Choosing spots to visit along the route can be overwhelming. Regardless of your interests, there are plenty of opportunities to get out of your car and experience it. Whether you are traveling the parkway from Natchez to Nashville, or a section in between. "Sunken Trace at milepost 41.5. This stop gives you one of the iconic pictures from the Natchez Trace. Just a short five minute walk can send you back in time over 200 years. From this spot it is easy to imagine traveling the Old Natchez Trace by foot before the automobile,” says Ranger Andy.
The 450-mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest. You're able to experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did – on foot. Today there are five separate trails totaling over 60 miles and they are administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway. Many sections of this National Scenic Trail are open to horseback riding. Horseback riding is prohibited on all other areas of the Parkway, including on the roadway itself.
Reference: National Park Service