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What Is The Terrain Like Along The Natchez Trace?

The Natchez Trace Parkway is the long and winding road. I call it “the long and winding road”.

More than just a “piece of pavement” stretching from Tennessee to Mississippi, the Natchez Trace Parkway is a piece of history — a journey to be cherished, and a route that relatively few have traveled.

Take it from me… I’ve biked it (and driven it) on numerous occasions, and there’s hardly ever a soul out there!

The Surroundings

The terrain is noticeably different on the southern end of the Trace, as opposed to the northern end.

In Tennessee, for example, you are into the foothills with rolling countryside and considerably more trees and forests. In the fall, the changing colors of the trees make it all the more remarkable.

Along the way, you will see manicured grassy roadsides and native tree plantings intermingled with a mosaic of hardwood and softwood forest communities, wetlands, prairie landscapes, agricultural croplands, abundant wildlife, and architecturally significant bridges and structures.

The Roadway Itself

The entire length of the Natchez Trace Parkway is paved roadway that is in very good condition.

There are numerous hills and bridges… especially at the northern end in Tennessee.

Plenty of hills and bridges along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The Natchez Trace Parkway boundary averages 800 feet in width.

The stretch of roadway called the Natchez Trace Parkway is definitely “the road less traveled”.

Such is why, if you should ever have the opportunity… you must take the time to see the Natchez Trace Parkway!