The Natchez Trace Parkway, is a National Park administered by the National Park Service. It is a 444 mile designated bike route through the beautiful forests, fields and valleys of Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi. Steeped in 10,000 years of history complete with ancient Indian Burial Mounds and remnants of the Civil War, riding along the Trace will transport you back in time. The original Trace had several different routes over the years as utilized by the indians, by boatmen/tradesmen and then as a roadway opened by the U.S. Government for travel between Nashville and Natchez. The Parkway generally follows the direction of these routes, meandering along to include some of the more important locations built up for use along these original routes.
What makes the Trace an ideal route for cycling is that it is actually a designated bike route with no commercial traffic allowed. The speed limit is 50 miles per hour and the roadway is well maintained pavement with mostly flat to gently rolling terrain giving motorists good visibility of any cyclists.
There are plenty of places to stop on the Trace, many historic points along the Trace and short loops to get off of the Trace for exploring. While there are several Bike Touring companies that have trips along the Trace, we are one of the few that allows you to cycle and experience all 444 miles of the trace. Traveling the entire length of the Trace is truly a bicycling adventure! We do this because we love a challenge and we love to ride our bicycles. On this trip, it really is about the bike! Hopefully, you will agree that we have thrown in just enough stops and side trips to keep it fresh and exciting for you.
This tour is a 8 night/8 day bike ride along the complete length of the Natchez Trace, with side trips into Linden, MS and, on the spring event, a tour of Vicksburg, MS. In addition we will be stopping at many sites just off of the Trace to explore and have picnic lunches daily. Those that complete the tour entirely by bicycle, will have ridden approximately 500 miles by the end of the tour. Because of the relatively low mileage ridden each day (we average a metric century daily), it is not as daunting a trip as it sounds. And taking the van if you are having an “off ” day is another lovely way to see the Trace.
The cost for this tour is $2,100 per person, based on double occupancy of rooms, or $3800 for a married couple. The tour size is small with 6 cyclists, 1 ride leader on the ground and one ride leader following by van.
The travel dates for fall will be October 11, 2014 – October 19th, 2014. See the daily itinerary page for the fall trip for further trip details on the Natchez Trace Tour Fall 2014. The fall trip 2015 is estimated to be October 10-18, 2015.
The travel dates for Spring 2015 will be May 2 – 10, 2015. See the daily itinerary page for for the spring trip for further datails for the Natchez Trace Tour Spring 2015.