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Old 06-02-2021, 06:05 PM   #1
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Next spring I plan on driving the Natchez Trace Parkway in my stock, 1930 coupe. I'm starting from the Alabama gulf coast and I'm trying to work out a timeline. I'd like to drive the actual parkway in about 3 days. Does this sound about right or does it take more or less time. I've driven my car 900 miles in 3 days, but that took about 8 hrs/day of driving.
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Old 06-02-2021, 06:40 PM   #2
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I drove it from where it crosses US64 just west of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee to Tupelo, Ms. Lots of Amish farms in that area; about 3 hours as I remember it. There’re are visitor centers and points of interest that are very interesting. Allow time for that. Speed limit is 50 mph but there is not much traffic so at 35 to 40 mph traffic coming up behind you never backs up. It is beautiful trip as you won’t see modernity along the way. They have tried to keep the landscape of an earlier era. There used to be an excellent antique car museum in Tupelo that is now closed. You can visit Elvis Presley’s birthplace there if you are so inclined.

Please report back on your trip. I would like to drive the whole trace.
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Gufshoz - 3 Days would give you plenty of time to stop and see the many visitors points of interest; however, if you are going to start from the beginning, factor in time to travel to Natchez, then 3 days turning Northeast to travel all the way to Nashville. As stated, it is a very easy drive - no commercial vehicles allowed (and the fines for speeding are steep). There will always be those who ignore the 50 MPH limit, but you will have no problems at a lesser speed. We routinely take the "A" and "T" clubs on the Trace. I live about 15 miles South of the Carthage exit - shoot a PM if you wish and we can talk further. Also, I have a 22 foot car hauler and F150 prime mover if you need help!
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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile recreational road and scenic drive through three states. It roughly follows the "Old Natchez Trace" a historic travel corridor used by American Indians, "Kaintucks," European settlers, slave traders, soldiers, and future presidents. Today, people can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping along the parkway.
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This 1935 photo shows a portion of the Old Trace that was modernized in Claiborne County, Mississippi.
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North to south or south to north? If you are starting from the gulf coast I suspect south to north.

What supplies and tools are you planning on bringing along?

Are you going to book motels/hotels or camp out?
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Interesting. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natche...ay?wprov=sfti1


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A leisurely drive through the Natchez Trace Parkway is highly recommended. I drove with friends the full distance from Nashville to Natchez back in 2009 in this 1942 Ford Super Deluxe Tudor Sedan.
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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a very relaxing drive that goes for 444 miles without an intersection. It is only a two lane highway the whole way, and has set speed limits. In my previous Post, I mentioned that I travelled along it in 2009. I enjoyed the drive so much, that I took my wife along it in 2013,
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Gufshoz - 3 Days would give you plenty of time to stop and see the many visitors points of interest; however, if you are going to start from the beginning, factor in time to travel to Natchez, then 3 days turning Northeast to travel all the way to Nashville. As stated, it is a very easy drive - no commercial vehicles allowed (and the fines for speeding are steep). There will always be those who ignore the 50 MPH limit, but you will have no problems at a lesser speed. We routinely take the "A" and "T" clubs on the Trace. I live about 15 miles South of the Carthage exit - shoot a PM if you wish and we can talk further. Also, I have a 22 foot car hauler and F150 prime mover if you need help!
A very kind offer on the posters part!
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You're in for an adventure! I bicycled it a few years ago, starting in Natchez. It was late September and the farther north I rode, the more colorful were the fall colors. There's lots to see along the way, especially if you have time for some side trips. Natchez itself is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. One could easily spend time there to tour the interesting antebellum homes and other historical sites. It was one of the largest slave markets prior to the Civil War. Other near-the-trail Civil War sites include places strategic to US Grant's campaign including Grand Gulf, Port Gibson, Jackson, Champion Hill, Raymond, Vicksburg and Shiloh. The Ruins of Windsor, remnants of an antebellum plantation, are worth the side trip. Corinth, site of another Civil War battle, is not far off the Trace in NE Mississippi. Then, nearby in Alabama, you can stop in at the Key Underwood Coon Dog Cemetery before touring "Tom's Wall" in Florence. It was built, stone-by-stone as a tribute to his great great grandmother who was forced to walk "The Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. Muscle Shoals is not too far from "Tom's Wall", and you can visit Sheffield, AL where Muscle Shoals Sound Studio produced so much iconic music. The Trace will also take you right by Grinder Station, the site of Meriwether Lewis' death and burial. Once you get to Nashville, you could easily spend a couple of days to visit The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home and burial site), the Grand Ol' Opry, the County Music Hall of Fame, and other places. Enjoy! And send photos of your trip!
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