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What It’s Like To Drive On The Natchez Trace Parkway

A beautiful fall drive along the Natchez Trace Parkway in Tennessee during Autumn. photo by Lynnette

Awhile ago, I started keeping a collection of tips and reviews from others who’ve traveled on the Natchez Trace Parkway.

I’m sharing the ones that provide helpful information that I think others might benefit from — should they, too, decide to venture along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

We then drove to the Natchez Trace, which is an ancient trail (now a road) that connects all the way to Mississippi. The Natchez Trace bridge was probably the tallest bridge I’ve ever seen. I was nervous driving over it.


I decided to try the Natchez Trace. It was a lot of fun. The downside is that the speed limit was 50 mph (the first 10 miles or so was 40 mph ). But there was very little traffic. And I am one of those who follows the 500 mile break in, so the reduced traffic was great. First, I took I-65 South from Bowling Green. People were up my arse as I drove 60 mph until I got on the Trace on the west side of Nashville. I did use my cruise control on the Trace (not recommended for break in) because I was unable to keep myself from exceeding 50 mph and I was warned not to speed on the Natchez Trace.


I sure did like my campsite back in Nashville, the Nashville Country Campground. The folks there were just so darn nice. But at the same time, I felt like a million bucks heading out on the road again. I had to drive into Nashville on 65 and loop around on hwy 40, drop down onto county road 100 to hit the Natchez Parkway. The traffic wasn’t bad so I was a happy camper.