We are fortunate to live close to the Natchez Trace Parkway in Nashville. It’s a true gem in terms of roadways, scenic destinations, and outdoor fun.
Over the past several years, I have spent many many hours hiking, bicycling, picnicking, motorcycling, jeeping, camping, and walking my dog there.
The Trace is one of the National Scenic Byways that passes through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi. Technically, it’s classified as a one of America’s All-American Roads. There are fewer than 40 All-American Roads in the United States.
To be designated as a National Scenic Byway, a road must possess at least 1 of the 6 intrinsic qualities and be regionally significant. These roads are often the “roads less traveled.” To receive an All-American Road designation, a road must possess multiple intrinsic qualities that are nationally significant and have one-of-a-kind features that do not exist elsewhere. The road or highway must also be considered a “destination unto itself.” That is, the road must provide an exceptional traveling experience so recognized by travelers that they would make a drive along the highway a primary reason for their trip. Source
Here are my top 10 reasons to visit the Natchez Trace Pkwy. If you haven’t already, make sure you put it on your bucket list!