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A Trace of the Old and New

Explore Nature, Waterfalls, Food and Art Along the Natchez Trace Parkway

At 444 miles in length, the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway spans three states, including Tennessee (along with Alabama and Mississippi). This recreational road roughly follows what was known as “Old Natchez Trace," a historic corridor traveled long ago by American Indians, slave traders, soldiers, European settlers and others.

After a while, “Old Trace” fell out of use, but was reestablished in 1930 by the National Park Service. The Parkway, completed in 2005, connects populated areas to the quiet serenity of nature.

In addition to a great place to take a road trip, many hikers, bicyclists, and horseback riders take advantage of the beautiful trails, waterfalls, ponds, and picnic areas along the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail, which runs alongside the Parkway. Walk in the footsteps of those who traveled the trails long ago and discover the many areas where you can camp, fish and hike. There are also wonderful towns close by where you can explore, dine on some delicious Southern food and tour an art gallery. For many families, spending time along Natchez Trace has become a beloved tradition. So take some time out of your busy life to slow down and appreciate all that nature has to offer. Here are just a few places worth visiting on your next venture along the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Located right in Franklin, this concrete double-arch bridge is one of Tennessee’s landmark structures and a great place to take pictures. Built in 1990 to avoid bulldozing both sides of Birdsong Hollow to complete the parkway, it spans a tree-dotted valley below.

Not too far from the bridge, this lovely park is filled with wonderful spots for hiking and communing with nature. At the interpretive center, pick up a map and even borrow a handmade walking stick to make the hike a little easier. And be sure to make your way to the Big East Fork Reserve loop trail to view a gorgeous pond and a meadow bursting with wildlife.

If you love the look and sound of waterfalls, put Fall Hollow on your list to visit. Stand on the observation deck overlooking water tumbling over a sheer rock wall. Continue on the trail to discover even more falls, plus a sparkling clear pool in which to wade and play beneath the cascading water.

This quaint little village is a true hidden gem filled with antique stores, incredible restaurants, art galleries and more. It’s a place along the Parkway that both locals and tourists enjoy.