Natchez Trace Parkway photos courtesy of Robin Collins and Tony Taylor.
Natchez Trace Parkway
This limited access parkway has no commercial traffic or billboards, so just enjoy the natural setting on this two-lane road. Watch out for deer at dusk. Food and gas can be found off the parkway. The trip will take 9 or more hours. Tupelo is 184 miles. Natchez is another 262 miles.
The mile markers run south to north, but I'd rather ride down the mountains in Tennessee. The famous Double Arch Bridge is near the northern end of the parkway. There's a viewing area north of the bridge.
"The bridge has won many awards for its design, including a Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995, and an Award of Merit from the Federal Highway Administration in 1996. The Eleventh International Bridge Conference named it the single most outstanding achievement in the bridge industry for 1994."
See larger map with directions.
Natchez Trace - south section
Natchez Trace - north section
“Analysis in a research paper co-authored by a researcher at UAH showing the average annual path length (in km) of all significant (F2-F5) tornadoes passing within 40 km (25 miles) of a point between 1973 and 2011. The research graphic demonstrates that the Deep South has emerged as the nation's new tornado alley. (Coleman & Dixon research/American Meteorological Society).”