Natchez Trace Trail
|Natchez Trace Trail|
Natchez Trace Trail in Warner Park, Nashville, Tennessee.
|Length||over 60 miles with 5 segments |
|Location||Mississippi and Tennessee in the United States|
|Designation||National Scenic Trail in 1983|
|Use||Hiking, Horseback riding|
|Sights||ghost town of Rocky Springs
Ross Barnett Reservoir
The Natchez Trace Trail is a designated National Scenic Trail in the United States whose route generally follows sections of the 444-mile (715 km) Natchez Trace Parkway through the states of Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Unlike other national scenic trails, however, the trail is not envisioned as a long, continuous footpath, as is the case with other national scenic trails including, notably, the Appalachian Trail. Rather, only a limited number of trail segments along the route, currently over 60 miles (97 km) of trail, have been developed for hiking and horseback riding. Unlike many other trails that rely heavily on volunteers for trail construction and maintenance, these segments are managed by the National Park Service. Sections of the trail follow along the Parkway road shoulder and cross county and state roads.
The Parkway and National Scenic Trail commemorate the historic Natchez Trace, an ancient path that began as a Native American trail and has a rich history of use by explorers, "Kaintuck" boatmen, post riders, and military men.
This trail comprises five (5) sections of trail. Table ordering is from South, Milepost 0 (Natchez), to North, Milepost 444 (near Nashville), but can be sorted differently.
|Section Name||South Milepost||North Milepost||Notes|
|Potkopinu||17||20||As of 19 April 2012[update], this trail undergoing improvement and stream crossing may range from muddy to knee deep water.|
|Rocky Springs Trail||52.4||59||visitors can see the ghost town of Rocky Springs, Mississippi|
|Yockanookany Trail||107.9||130||immediately north of Jackson, Mississippi, longest trail section, 8 miles (13 km) of the trail section parallels the Ross Barnett Reservoir|
|Blackland Prairie Trail||260||266||in Tupelo, Mississippi|
- "Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail". National Park Service. U.S. Department of Interior. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
- "Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail Guide" (PDF). U.S. National Park Service. p. 2. Retrieved 2012-04-19.