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I figure lots of long-distance cyclists will have the same questions about biking from end to end on the Trace, so I’ve decided to make it an article.
For starters, when planning your route, I’d first check with the National Park Service which maintains a list of the best bicycling info specifically for the Natchez Trace Parkway, including Camping info, Public Transportation, nearby places that provide Bicycle Services, locations for Supplies & Food, as well as Ranger Offices and Drinking Water Locations.
Their Bicycle Services List features bike shops near the Trace. You might want contact them for specific answers to your questions.
You’ll find the NPS phone number to ask them questions directly. Plus, they’ll even send you a complete packet of all this info… and more!
As for ways to get you and your bike from Nashville back to Tupelo, I’d ask around at local bike shops (.pdf), check with the Natchez Trace Parkway biking folks, and ask questions in some biking forums.
A few to consider:
- Natchez Trace Parkway Bike Forum
- Natchez Bicycle Club (…21 members road the entire Trace together)
For more about public transportation, check out this public transportation info for the Nashville area.
And here’s the Nashville bus route info, specifically.
Other than that, there are a couple more tips for out-of-town cyclists planning to ride the Natchez Trace Parkway here.
As for books, check out this review of the book “Bicycling The Natchez Trace”. It’s one of the most detailed books for those who are planning to bike the Natchez Trace Parkway from end to end.
In my opinion, trip highlights from others who’ve been there done that will inevitably contain some details & answers for many questions a first-timer might have.
I would try to touch base with some of these bicyclists who’ve biked the entire length of the Natchez Trace Parkway:
We've lived in the Nashville area since 2001 — and all 3 of our houses have been situated relatively close to the Natchez Trace Parkway. To me, the 'The Trace' is a hidden gem of Nashville — a place to go when you want to get away from it all and be one with nature. I've hiked it, biked it, motorcycled it, walked it with my dogs, and driven my car on The Natchez Trace Parkway more times than I can count! This is where I share some of my favorite things to do along the Natchez Trace Parkway — which runs 444 miles from Nashville Tennessee to Natchez Mississippi and through parts of Alabama. When I'm not enjoying the beautiful outdoors along the Natchez Trace Parkway, you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites).