Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail is a 65 mile point-to-point trail located near Okolona, MS that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, horses, and scenic driving. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This scenic route is 444+ miles long. It is a beautiful drive. However it has much to offer. All along the trail are numerous campsites, many nature trails, a few hiking trails, museums, even horseback trails. I truly love this main trail.There are so many things you can do. The 450+ mile foot trail that became known as the Natchez Trace was the lifeline through the Old Southwest. You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did - on foot. Today there are five separate trails totaling over 60 miles and they are administered by the Natchez Trace Parkway. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Old Natchez Trace was a 500-mile footpath that ran through Choctaw and Chickasaw lands connecting Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. You can experience portions of that journey the way earlier travelers did - on foot. Today there are four separate trails totaling 65 miles. The four trails are: Rocky Springs Trail, Mississippi; Tupelo Trail, Mississippi; Ridgeland Trail, Mississippi; and Leipers Fork Trail, Tennessee.
Trail runs parallel to a busy highway which isn't only loud but is visible from the trail. Even in the middle of summer when trees are at it's thickest, you can see the traffic clearly. If you are looking for a peaceful and scenic trail, this isn't it. Also the trail was closed 1 mile in for construction. I was not aware of this as it was not noted on the website and drove an hour away, I was disappointed. Not sure that I will return even after it is open.
I have been doing the Natchez Trace for 4 years now one little piece at a time. This year I camped at Jeff Busby Campgrounds primitive style. There is a hiking trail name Little Mountain Trail. It is a beautiful trail you can do as a whole or in parts. You can choose a short route and make a loop back up to the parking lot areas or a slight longer trail to the same area and still take a continuing section for about a mile more. You can take the trail down and then take Summit road as a hike coming back. It is really beautiful and a little on the tiring side if you are not fit like I am right now. It is not for wheelchairs for there are many rough spots and up and down hills. Many trail bumps too. There are different type of changing landscapes. Even a small waterfall. Some bridges too.