We drove the parkway from Natchez to Nashville. Stayed at Jackson the 1st night, took the highway down to Natchez and toured the city first. Then we took the parkway back to our hotel in Jackson. Next day we took the pkwy to Tupelo for another night and then finished the drive to Nashville on our last day. If you love history, you'll love this drive. Lots of historical sites - not momentous ones such as you'd find in Boston or Philadelphia, but rather small incidental sites, the ones that make you want to learn more on your own. Would love to have had a week to walk the trails more, but you can see lots even in a three days' drive. You could buzz through the whole thing in one long, tiring day, but then you'd miss walking along sections of the old foot trace and imagining what it would be like to trek over 400 hundred miles back to Nashville from where you left your flatboat in Natchez during the early 1800s. You'd be hauling your own drinking water, hunting for food and springs, avoiding bears, snakes, bandits who'd love to steal your profits, and who knows what else along the way. There's even a short section of the road (one way/one lane, south to north) that you can drive that takes the exact route of the foot trace through the woods if you are unable to walk a footpath. The parkway is free to all, one of places you feel happy about paying your taxes to maintain. The miles fly by, because there are no wires, billboards, semis or rushing commuters - just trees, fields, and grazing deer. It rained for our entire trip but we didn't even mind, because it was so lovely. If you're in the area at lunchtime, stop at the French Camp at milepost 204. In the small historic district, there's a little lunchroom run by the Presbyterians. An unpretentious place serving delicious healthy homemade food at a reasonable price.
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