Imagine a journey on a highway so scenic that you marvel at every turn. Now imagine there are no neon signs, billboards, motels, restaurants, or any other commercial enterprises on this highway--nothing but the sheer natural beauty of our great nation.
Could such a highway exist? If it did, wouldn’t you want to add this great American RV road trip to your bucket list? Well, it does exist. It’s 444 miles long and right in the heartland of America.
Introducing the Natchez Trace Parkway
The Natchez Trace Parkway begins in Natchez, MS and winds its way north to Nashville, TN. It is a two-lane highway with a 50 mph speed limit, and it is perfect for RVing.
The history behind this road goes back to before the steam engine was invented. Back then, traders would take their goods by boat down the Mississippi River to Natchez, which was the cultural and commercial capital of the Old South.
But the traders couldn’t travel back upstream because there were no powered boats. Instead, they sold everything they had, including what was left of their boats, and took a land route back to Nashville. The trail they traveled was called the Old Natchez Trace. Today, the Natchez Trace Parkway follows the Old Natchez Trace all the way from Natchez to Nashville.
Top Things to See and Do on the Natchez Trace Parkway
The beauty of the Trace is stunning. The serenity of the drive will mesmerize you. We did the full trip from Natchez to Nashville, so our list is in that order. If you are heading south from Nashville, just reverse the order. (Note that MP = mile post)
Things You Need to Know About Driving an RV on the Natchez Trace Parkway
We drove the entirety of the Trace in a 32,000-pound, 40-foot Tiffin Phaeton that is 12 feet 9 inches high. You should double-check the following before you travel:
Free Places to Stay in Your RV on the Natchez Trace Parkway
There are no hookups and no reservations at these campgrounds, but they are free! All spots are first come, first served.
Final Thoughts on the Natchez Trace Parkway
This is one of America’s last great roads. It is difficult to comprehend how beautiful and peaceful this route is until you’ve driven it. We can’t recommend this adventure highly enough.
If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. We’d love to hear from you. And, of course, contact your Trusted Choice® independent agent for your RV insurance needs.
About the authors: Eric and Brittany Highland are full-time RVers who travel around the country in their 40’ Phaeton by Tiffin Motorhomes named Meriwether. They love to share their adventures and do so on their blog at RVWanderlust.com.
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