Motorists on Natchez Trace Parkway
can drive 444 miles and view beautiful scenery between Natchez, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn. And as a bonus, there are four unpaved, non-motorist trails to also enjoy.
The four separate trails total 65 miles and are administered by Natchez Trace Parkway
for public use to hike, bike, horseback ride and camp. Here is a brief background:
Tupelo Trail in Mississippi
Tupelo Trail is the shortest of the four trails, spanning six miles. It runs from the Beech Springs parking lot across the Parkway from the Visitor Center (milepost 266), then south to West Jackson Street in Tupelo near milepost 260.8.
Ridgeland Trail in Mississippi
The 24-mile Ridgeland Trail is just north of Jackson, Miss., and passes through historically significant and pretty areas. The northern trailhead is at the Yockanookany pull-off at milepost 131, and the southern trailhead is at the West Florida Boundary site at milepost 108.
Rocky Springs Trail in Mississippi
This 10-mile pathway is about 30 miles southwest of Jackson, Miss., near Port Gibson. The trail winds from the Utica-Regantown Road trailhead at milepost 59, then south to the Owen Creek pull-off at milepost 52.4.
Leipers Fork in Tennessee
Leipers Fork Trail spans 24 miles and is 40 miles south of Nashville, and 10 miles south of Franklin, Tenn. The northern trailhead is at the Garrison Creek parking area (milepost 427), and the southern trailhead is at Tennessee Highway 50 (milepost 408). The trail takes you through some of the most scenic areas of the Parkway.