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We are looking to ride the route starting end of May, two days down allowing for time to see things. A full day in Nathes. And two days back North. I've check for sights to see. Any areas to avoid? or places that we must see?
The trike gets finished this week and will be picked up on the 20th. We need to stretch it's legs, and learn how to ride it.
Thanks Little John.
 

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At the northern terminus stop at the Loveless Cafe. It's just east of the exit. Pretty good food and a decent place to visit. Around Leiper's Fork, stop at the bridge and walk out to the middle. It's really high up. At highway 8 in Alabama, just a block east of the Trace is the Spirit Wall (Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall (Te-lah-nay's Wall). A bit further south you get to Tupelo, Ms. There are casinos. After that the Trace gets a tad more sedate. There are several historical stops all along the route. Look up NatchezTraceTravel.com. Lots of good information. Have fun. Watch for the turkeys in the northern areas. I ran into many rafters (flocks) particularly in the fall. Definitely stay at or very near the posted speed limits. At the northern terminus, the speed limit is 40mph. Further south (a few miles) it gets up to 50mph.
 

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Be sure to do the posted speed limit, it is patrolled by park Rangers and the ticket can cost as much as $500..
That's what it is on the Blue Ridge Parkway and in the Great Smokey Mountains Nat. Park. I know for sure. I was reminded that by a ranger a couple of years ago.
 
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We are looking to ride the route starting end of May, two days down allowing for time to see things. A full day in Nathes. And two days back North. I've check for sights to see. Any areas to avoid? or places that we must see?
The trike gets finished this week and will be picked up on the 20th. We need to stretch it's legs, and learn how to ride it.
Thanks Little John.
Wow! I'm also planning this trip in May...I will be starting in MS, and coming back to that point as well. If time becomes an issue I may jump on 75 and blow South.
 

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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a great ride, especially this time of the year and if you don't mind the leisurely pace (50 mph). 444 miles and 18 curves! Lots to see all along the NTP if you're willing to venture a few miles off the Trace, There are NO casinos in Tupelo; however there is Elvis' Birthplace, great restaurants and motels. The Park headquarters and main visitor's center is in Tupelo. The only casinos in Mississippi can be found in Tunica, Philadelphia (Choctaw Indian Reservation), Vicksburg, Greenville, and on the Gulf Coast. There's a great restaurant called the Council House at French Camp (mm180). Their soups, salads and sandwiches are the best. There's more great restaurants and motels in the Madison/Ridgeland area just north of Jackson. There's also several camping opportunities along the NTP if that interests you. Natchez is the southern terminus and offers many options for lodging, dining and sight seeing. Check out the many B&B's there. For your return trip, you could always just double back and see what you missed on the way down or opt to travel along the Mississippi River on US Hwy 61 and MS Hwy 1 (River Road) up to Memphis.
 

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We're not much for casinos. And the older I get the farther away they put the ground, so camping is out.
We are only doing 200 miles a day, so stopping for the sights is why we're going. When we did the blue ridge prkwy. we heard the speed limit sucked, we had a blast, one of the best rides. We could actual see things because we were not blowing past them.
We and the rest of the country just need to get away.
Thanks for the tips. Little John
 

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In comparison with my previous comment about the Trace, we love the Blue Ridge.
Some sections were have ridden many times.
 

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Prepare to be bored....

although the top end is kinda interesting.
Care to elucidate before we make plans to ride it? With so many great roads around here, we don't want to ride two states over to end up being bored.
 

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I learned the hard way there is no gas on the Blue Ridge Parkway, only off it. And some times far off, or the station is closed. Is there gas on the Natches?
 

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I learned the hard way there is no gas on the Blue Ridge Parkway, only off it. And some times far off, or the station is closed. Is there gas on the Natches?
I don't believe there are any gas stations directly on the Trace, just off it. Mostly near towns/cities that are near the Trace. But, the pace is sedate, so you should experience better gas milage and most of the towns/cities are not far off the road. Entry/exits are well marked. It's a fun ride, but if you're looking for adrenaline-pumping twisties, you'll need to look elsewhere. The Trace is predominately long, sweeping curves with rolling hills in the northern section and is mostly flat in the southern section. A fall "color" ride can be spectacular.
 

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Following this also. Looking to do this in mid to late May coming back from texas. 👍
 

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I rode NT a few years ago and liked the trip but not necessarily NT. It's over 400 miles of nice road, some rides have sweepers NT has sleepers.
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I rode NT a few years ago and liked the trip but not necessarily NT. It's over 400 miles of nice road, so rides have sweepers NT has sleepers.
Bill
I'm with you there. I live in MS just a mile or so off the trace. It's boring but the way it cuts a diagonal across the state actually can save a lot of time. I have ridden it enough to know where to strictly obey the speed limits. That would be Jackson and Tupelo. I routinely ride 55 to 60 on the trace. I got lit up once at 70 but the ranger did not turn to pursue.
 
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