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I am planning on riding the Natchez Trace Parkway this comming week. We are riding from NW Arkansas to Natchez and heading North to Nashville. Looking for any advice for the ride.
 

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I have driven part of it in Tennessee (about the last 50 or so miles to Nashville) and it is quite beautiful. I did not see any LEO's but I have heard it pays to keep your speed down. Give yourself plenty of time because you will want to stop at the site seeing points. Enjoy!
 
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Never rode it but i will pretty soon i hope lol.
I also heard about the speed.Watch yourself on the trace because the police are.
 

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I've ridden it and it is definently a nice ride. Plan on taking your time, lots of interesting things to see along its path, and the LEO's really do watch for above limit riders. One other nice thing is that no commercial traffic is allowed.
 

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Be sure to stop at the Loveless Cafe for coffee or a meal when you get to the Nashville end. Its right there at the entrance to the Trace along with a Shell station. Good Food and BBQ.

If your looking for something a little faster just continue past Loveless straight and theres a Subway and other fast food stores and a Krogers down the road. Enjoy the ride. I always do.
 

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I have ridden most of the trace in Mississippi over the years. Several towns along the way where you can exit off and take in a meal or sites. Have not ridden any in Tenn. though.

In Mississippi, I can highly recommend several stops off the Trace that you might want to make as well as several scenic stops on the Trace if you want.
 

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My wife and I were in Natchez about 8 years ago, and it is a cool old southern town. The roads are manicured to perfection, and the cops DO watch your speed closely! You'll love it! The roads are mostly up higher than the surrounding landscape, so you can see everything. Lotsa deer, so watch out. Have a wonderful time, hope the weather dries out for ya! Oh, and one more thing... we found a landmark,heading north from the city, and there is a place you can park and walk the original path that was used for traders coming and going to Natchez to trade goods,200 years ago! We found this spot where a one room post office used to be, and the safe is still there, stickin out of the mud! Tons of history in that area. jimsjinx
 

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Nancy and I rode some heading south in Miss. I wanted to head on down to the end but could see the weather building and home was calling pretty hard. It is beautiful, we didn't see much traffic and did see lots of wildlife.
 

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Did it last year. Awesome country, roads etc! Deals Gap is a must. Plenty of photographers on the gap taking pictures. You can go online as I did and pick yourself out according to the time you were there and buy a photo. I suggest getting a small one and then taking it to Kinkos, Staples etc and have it blown up to poster size. Blue Ridge Parkway and Mtns are really awesome
 

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Just got back to NW Arkansas after 1,663 miles. Riding the Natchez Trace was a great ride. Got off at highway 13 in TN and missed the last 100 or so miles. Was lucky to avoid most of the rain on the trip.
 

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I did the Trace back in 1990 on the return leg of a Tulsa ,OK GWRRA Wingding. Was a nice ride for sure
 

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Did the whole thing last year. Wonerful, smoothsweeping curved road...but there were a couple of sections under construction so we had some detours. No big deal... The speed limit doesn't exceed 50 and as another poster said, there are NO commercial vehicles allowed and traffic is light. Plan for several stops, and stop often. Lots of historical sites and natural beauty if you take the time to see it. It's a great ride as long as you don't get in a hurry. Watch out for wildlife!Deer and turkey abound.

Dedub :18white:
 

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I'm down it from 60 miles south of Nashville to Madison MS and its about 295 miles just about every 2 weeks to see family. All the Trace from the end at Nashville down to there is clear now. I haven't seen any construction causing detours. They finished them all up this way. Don't know about south of Jackson MS point on down to Natchez.

Anybody road it lately from Jackson to Natchez that can report on detours?

I think its 444 miles long, I'd love to ride the whole thing. But I would find a hotel or campsite to get off of it before dark. Deer are mighty plentiful and they've gotten quite used to the cars. I've come close to hitting one at night on the bike. Armadillo's and possums,raccoon's along with skunks and turkeys are the usual wildlife. Lots of little eyes peering back at you from the dark or when its just nightfall. Goshen Springs Camp Ground(real good) right outside of Madison MS and Ratliff Ferry(no electrical or showers) have camp grounds.Jeff Busby has primitive camping(bathroom only). Take lots of pics.
 
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