Horseback Riding Natchez Trace Parkway

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I was enjoying a leisurely day at the Natchez Trace Parkway with my dog yesterday, when I had a brief conversation with Chris Moore (pictured here on her horse, Molly).

She was looking for that one place along the Old Trace Hiking & Horse Trail where you cross from one side of the Parkway to the other via a tunnel.

I’ve hiked that path before, but it was hard for me to describe how (while standing at the Garrison Creek area) how she would have to backtrack to get to that tunnel — by way of the creek itself.

I’ve never hiked it backwards like that, and I know it’s not well-marked along the creek, so I gave her my handy-dandy Natchez Trace Parkway map instead.

Hopefully, she found plenty of fun places to go horseback riding along the Trace on the map!

Does anyone have any advice for hiking or horseback riding that trail “backwards” — starting at the Garrison Creek area and going south toward the Old Trace parking area? Are there some landmarks so you know you’re on the right path when you’re going that way? Just curious.



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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).

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