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Our Group is headed north to south on the Natchez Trace Parkway the end of April first week in May. We are camping and plan to stay a couple of nights at each campground so that we can see the sites in the area. I'm asking for suggestions on what we shouldn't miss along the way. We love history and Civil Wars sites.

Thank you in advance for helping us to have a great trip!

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About 65 miles east of Tupelo, MS, is The Dismals Canyon, a really interesting 85 acre site in NW Alabama. It's privately owned, but registered as a National Natural Landmark. It's very unique to that part of the world and worth the visit.

http://www.dismalscanyon.com

There are other areas of interest as well, but this contribution is my two cents worth.

Enjoy your trip.

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Thanks for the suggestion, it looks interesting.

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Send William a pm he lives right off the Trace in Alabama and it very knowledge about the Wall a man built in honor of his grandmother who walked back from Ok after walking there in the trail of tears, Unbelievable story of dedication and honor. Don't remember the name but you can google it Indian memorial wall in Alabama. Well worth your time and you will be impressed
 

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I googled it and watched a video featuring the builder. It sure looks like a must see stop on our trip.

Thank you very much,
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Check out French Camp, several old houses set up as they would have been years ago. Good place to stretch yours legs.
 

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Natches Trace

I can't tell you about the things to see in that area, but I can tell you my wife and I rode it last spring and we had a great ride. There are not any signs to tell you about gas or lodging. We used our GPS and it worked well. We had no problems. Be safe and enjoy the ride. Larry
 

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Thanks Kyshaw and T on 2.

Anyone.........What's the best way to see Vicksburg battlefield?
 

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there is much to see off and on the trace. it would be hard to see it all in one trip. i would suggest that you stop at every stop and explore each stop because things are not always pointed out on the markers. when in ms check out the country store in lorman they have fantastic fried chicken there and mr d the owner is a fantastic fellow. while in that area check out the windsor ruins and the historic church in rodney. the vicksburg battlefield is a driving tour but stop often and again explore. the museum for the cairo is very interesting also. as mentioned before french camp is a very interesting place with multiple historic buildings and a very nice cafe also. jeff busby is the second highest point i think in ms the view from the top is worth the drive. gosh there is too much to list but if you send me your contact info i have some spare natchez trace parkway maps that i can send you everything on the parkway is identified by milepost and the map has each stop listed by milepost and a short description of what is there. i hope that i can help your trip to be more enjoyable
 

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Your guna have funnn

When you first get on the Pkwy on the North end you come in on Hwy 100. Right at the pkwy is a restaraunt you must eat at. Loveless Motel & Restaraunt. It is right at the trace. Fried chicken, biscuits, homemade deserts. Their is a Shell station their if you need to fill up. Once you get on the trace you will find the road is nice and winding, 40 mph on this end of the trace. About 5 miles you will come upon the famous Natchez Trace Bridge. You can stop on this side at a rest area and walk out on the bridge if you like. If you cross the bridge get off and ride down to Hwy 96 and look up at it. Do a Uee and get back on the trace. About 15 miles you will come to Leipers Fork exit. Take it 3 miles into Leipers Fork and stop at Pucketts Restaraunt and get some BBS sandwiches and some cobbler to go. Walk around the area and see the stores. This should take about 45 minutes. Get back on the trace and ride about 40 miles to Jackson Falls. Take your lunch and walk about 1/4 mile to the falls and have lunch. If you don't want to walk then you can stay at the pavillion at a picnic table. Their is bathrooms here also. A great view of the farm valley. Get back on the trace and ride about another 40 miles to Meriweather Lewis Park and burial site. Look around and get back on the trace. Get you map out and find the road that bet takes you to Savannah TN. Just outside of town is Shiloh Civil War Battlefield. You can ride your bike through the park and stop at the visitor center and see the movie. About 8 minutes. Spend about 3 hour at the park. Spend the night at Paris Landing State Park about 10 miles away. Good food at all the TN state parks. This is on the TN River.
Next day ride to Tupelo Ms and see Elvis birthplace and have lunch then ride to Jackson Ms and spend the night. From Jackson you can ride south to Biloxi MS and stay at one of the casinos. I would ride over to Pensacola and visit the Naval Air Museum. Check your schedule and you might be able to see the blue angles practicing. If You want to ride the full trace get back on and ride to Natchez. Once your their you can ride about 200 miles down to New Orleans and then work you way around the coast or just retrace your tracks home. Your guns have lotts of funnn!!!!
 

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Thanks 1lonereb & tnred for all the fantastic suggestions and the offer of sending me maps. I always have extra Blue Ridge maps that I send/give to friends too. I'll make notes on the maps before I leave Ohio. We are meeting in Nashville and staying 2 nights before heading south on the Trace. Don't you guy worry the Loveless Cafe is our breakfast destination Sunday before jumping on the NTP. We will be on the Trace for 4 days before heading down to New Orleans for 3 nights. We are camping on this trip and plan to camp on the north side of Lake Ponchatrain in a state park. We'll ride over on the causeway when going into N.O.. I'm an outdoors guy so I'll enjoy being outside everyday.

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When you get south of Jackson, stop at rocky springs. It has a nice little camp ground and there is an old church there. If you have time, take a ride on Old Port Gibson Road and then go check out The Windsor Ruins and the old country store just south of Port Gibson on Hwy. 61.
 

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Our Group is headed north to south on the Natchez Trace Parkway the end of April first week in May. We are camping and plan to stay a couple of nights at each campground so that we can see the sites in the area. I'm asking for suggestions on what we shouldn't miss along the way. We love history and Civil Wars sites.

Thank you in advance for helping us to have a great trip!

LDM
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Not a real club or group just a few friends from all over. We pick a place to go and ride and relax.

And we're getting real good at it. The relaxing part that is....LOL.

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25 days till I leave April 25. Any suggestions on things to see and do are still very welcomed.

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Thank you RW2. The NPS site is where I always start.
 

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We had a great time on the NTP and we'd ride it again. The only thing we didn't see enough of was sunshine! I recommend it to all. Take your time and enjoy the road less traveled.

LDM
 
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