Top Five Reasons to Ride the Natchez Trace

Top Five Reasons to Ride the Natchez Trace

October 11, 2019

Reason 1:

The Riding Experience. The quality of the riding experience on the Natchez Trace Parkway is something out of a cyclist’s dream. Owing to its designation as a historic highway, commercial vehicles and commerce are not allowed, and the speed limit does not exceed 50 mph. The surrounding scenery is outstanding, with densely wooded landscapes and historic homesteads around each bend. Rest areas exist about every 20 miles, and there are no stop signs or signals. The road’s terrain rates as easy to moderate riding, with mild rolling hills and continuous grades.

 

Reason 2:

The Tomato Place. Deemed the little place with big taste. Past participants unanimously agree that the Tomato Place serves quite possibly the best BLT with avocado and fried green tomatoes sandwich they’ve ever had in their lives. Quench your thirst after a day of riding with a large glass of homemade lemonade or fresh smoothie. Rated the #2 restaurant in Vicksburg with a BLT sandwich that will be sure to rock your world.

 

Reason 3:

The Southern Road to Freedom choir. The Choir uses music to tell the story of the black history in Natchez. Dressed in traditional African attire, singers begin the performance with sorrowful and reminiscent songs of Africans being taken into slavery and the songs evolve into more joyful music. The songs performed have taken BIKEternity participants from the past into the future sharing the the triumph of ordinary people who were able to do extraordinary things during and after the Civil War and into the 20th century.

 

Reason 4:

Windsor Ruins. Ride to the largest antebellum Greek Revival mansion ever built in Mississippi. Built in 1859-61, the Windsor plantation once sprawled over 2,600 acres. The Windsor mansion was full of life from 1861 until 1890, when it burned to the ground from cigar ashes left by one careless guest. Legend says, Mark Twain enjoyed watching the Mississippi River from the roof observatory.

 

Reason 5:

Emerald Mound. Built between 1300 and 1600 A.D., this Indian temple mound is the second largest in the United States. The mound is 35 feet tall, with two smaller mounds on top, and was once a ceremonial gathering place for tribes from outlying villages. With construction spanning many centuries, the earthworks, when carefully investigated by archeologists, reveal how people lived throughout the millennia.

emerald mound natchez trace parkway

 

Explore the The Natchez Trace Parkway with BIKEternity next Spring! Seven days of fabulous riding on a 10 day tour along wooded landscapes to historic homesteads around each corner. We’ll take care of your gear transportation so you can simply spend your days listening to your wheels singing on the road. Limited to just 14 riders, this ride could easily be your highlight of 2020!

 



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