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Old 01-05-14, 12:27 PM   #1
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Natchez to Nashville

Came across this artical of The Natchez Trace, suppose to be a very old trail that has been modernized and it is advertized as a beautiful drive whether in an automobile ,motorcycle, or bicyles,, it's 444 miles long, starts at Natchez Miss. ends at Nashville Tenn.!! has anyone heard of or experienced this trip??,,,,,, For General discussion.............
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I've only driven parts of it... but what I've seen has been quite beautiful and not a *lot* of traffic. Commercial traffic is banned as well
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Yea webfoot , thats exactly whats appealing about the TRACE,,,,, in the artical it states that there are picnic grounds thru out,,,,,,,,you have to take some time off to do this, take your time
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Done it twice. It's rated as one of the top ten bike routes in the country. Even has a bike only campground. You cant get lost, not a redlight or stop sign on the trace, one long road. This year there is a 1500K brevet by the Nashville RUSA group , I believe in Sept.
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That really sounds great to just ride at leasure,, whats the time line sorta speak, to do it comfortably?
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4-6 days. There is some kind of park about every ten miles, . Decently kept restrooms 20 along a good portion. Of course there are a few exceptions. About as easy/ safe touring as you are going to find. There are probably 10,000 ride reports on the internet if you google it.
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Had a great ride with the kids(teens) on it in 85 we rode the tandem and actually doubled miles to keep an eye on the kids. Hot in the summer and a little buggy but there is a lot of history on the trace. Give it a shot and enjoy.
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did it recently on a motorcycle. little traffic. 45-50 MPH limit. no commercial traffic or trucks.

a little monotonous, few hills till just south of Nashville. all the curves seem to have the same radius. nicely groomed. looks kind of artificial. should be very safe. has a 50ish turnpike feel to it.

don't get me wrong it should be delightful...
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I'm thinking about it too and if I do it ,, I'ma do it on a motorcycle too,,,,cuss I gotta ride from New Orleans to Natchez Miss. ,,,,,,
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Natchez to Nashville on the Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444 mile ride. Check out the 10 reasons why this is a great bicycle route at:
http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/biking-the-trace.html
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I've done it but, quite frankly, I wouldn't rate it that highly. It's true that the speed and volume of car traffic is low which has its plusses but the ride itself gets tedious pretty quickly. I'm a prairie boy which means that I'm uncomfortable without a vista every once in a while. The Trace is 444 miles of trees...lots and lots and lots of them. You can see about 30 feet off the Trace and all you can see is more trees. Bleech!

The Trace also has no signage for anything off the Trace. The Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall is a must see but you can't find it very easily. The home of Helen Keller is a few miles off the trace but you'd never know it. There are lots of towns a few miles off the Trace but, again, you'd never know it from the signage within the park.

Another thing that bothered me about the Trace was the lack of historic sites. I'm used to history out west where you can see building and ruins. Everything seems to have melted on the Trace. You see lots of signs for historic locations that aren't even foundations. Just a sign on a patch of mowed grass.

It's not completely bad. I'd suggest a visit to Tishomingo State Park and getting a cabin for the night. The cabins are at the top of a steep hill but they worth the climb. Kusciuko is a pleasant little town that sits right on the Trace itself. French Camp is a nice historical place to visit.

But if I were going to do it again, I'd zigzag across the Trace and visit places like Shilo, Vicksburg, Huntington, Tupelo and others.
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The way I understood it thats pretty much what you have to do ,, to actually see whats on and close to the trace and get the full affect ,I was thing about going on a motorcycle but just taking my time?
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