Here are details and photos of our favorite Natchez Trace hiking trail near Nashville TN. The Old Trace trailhead is located at milemarker 426.3 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. Also, a little about ticks & lyme disease here in Tennessee, plus tips for removing ticks from your body (and from your dog!) and how to prevent tick bites in the first place.
Milemarkers & Attractions
With so much to see and do along the Natchez Trace Parkway, you'll appreciate these insanely helpful tips for what to see and when. If you've only got a short amount of time, these are the "must do" things to put on your list.
I was enjoying a leisurely day at the Natchez Trace Parkway with my dog yesterday, when I had a brief conversation with Chris Moore who was horseback riding on her horse, Molly.
My all-time favorite part about the Garrison Creek area on the Natchez Trace Parkway is the creekside picnic benches, horse corrals or posts, and a shallow creek that’s fun for kids — and dogs — to play in on a hot summer day!
Apparently there is some controversy as to whether or not caches can be placed on property within the Natchez Trace Parkway or not. Technically, state parks are fair game, and are NOT off limits for geocaching. Whereas, national parks are, in fact, OFF LIMITS for geocaching. There is currently only one cache hidden along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
There aren’t many modern conveniences at this exit…just a couple of gas stations and a handful of places to eat. And you have to drive a few miles to get to them!
Following are some of the gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants that you’ll find if you exit the Natchez Trace Parkway at milemarker 408 near Centerville and turn left (east) or right (west) onto Highway 50.
Looking for amenities around Highway 7 off the Natchez Trace Parkway? You have a variety of choices in the nearby towns of Centerville, Bon Aqua, Santa Fe, Fly, Primm Springs.
Here are some of the gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants that you’ll find if you exit the Natchez Trace Parkway at milemarker 444 and turn left (west) or right (east) onto Highway 100.
The Glenrock Picnic Area on the Natchez Trace Parkway will be closed to the public until October 2007. Travel along the Parkway itself should not be affected. This comfort station is located at milepost 364 in Wayne County, Tennessee.
When you’re on the Natchez Trace Parkway, the mile posts which appear at each and every mile of roadway play a very important role in your journey. They indicate how far you’ve gone, how far you have left to go, and how much longer until you would find gas, food or lodging — if you needed it.
I would encourage you to print out this ‘cheat sheet’ and keep it when you when you visit the Natchez Trace Parkway. It’s a handy reference guide listing all of the main locations where you can get food and supplies along the Trace.
Following are some of the gas stations, convenience stores and restaurants that you’ll find if you exit the Natchez Trace Parkway at milemarker 429 and then turn left (west) or right (east) onto Highway 46.
For what it’s worth, Milemarker 444 on the Natchez Trace Parkway doesn’t exist. I’m not talking about the fact that there is no milepost to mark the location. I’m referring to the fact that there simply isn’t enough roadway to accommodate 444 miles on the Natchez Trace Parkway.
My favorite stretch of roadway along the Natchez Trace Parkway is the part that goes from Highway 96 in Franklin to just past Highway 46 exit in Leiper’s Fork — heading South. Here’s what you will see as between Franklin and Garrison Creek.
Here are some of the ‘hidden gems’ that can be found along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee. Most of these are not included on the official Natchez Trace Parkway map.
Watch for a new park at milemarker 437 on the Natchez Trace Parkway! They’re currently building the ramp that will connect the park to the Natchez Trace Parkway and Highway 96 in Franklin, Tennessee — Williamson County.
Driving along the Natchez Trace Parkway near Nashville, Tennessee? Need gas? Want something to eat or drink? The very first (or very last, depending on which direction you’re heading) gas station on the Natchez Trace Parkway is the Shell Station near the intersection of Highway 100 and the Natchez Trace Parkway. Here’s everything you want to know…