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.
This is the first time I ever ventured out onto the Natchez Trace hours after a freshly fallen snow — with camera in hand. Here’s what I saw, and some idea of how treacherous the driving can be on the Natchez Trace Parkway when there is snow or ice on the roads.
Not only are commercial vehicles prohibited on the Natchez Trace Parkway, but the speed limit is closely regulated as well. In fact, the maximum speed limit along the Natchez Trace Parkway is 50 mph most of the way. And for one long stretch of roadway, it’s only 40 mph.
Often people who don’t live anywhere near Alabama, Mississippi or Tennessee (the states that the Trace passes through) have heard enough to make them wonder where exactly the Natchez Trace Parkway is, and what makes it so unique. Here’s how to make your way to the Trace…