Our Natchez Trace bike tour is a perfect late-season or early-season cycling destination on quiet Mississippi roads — with added bonuses for history buffs. Enjoy famous southern hospitality, trees festooned with Spanish moss, and views of the mighty Mississippi River. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a restricted-access road with no commercial traffic built by the U.S. Park Service in the 1930s to honor this historic trail and road. The Trace figures prominently as a pathway in local American Indian history — from the mound-building societies beginning as early as the first century A.D. to the shrinking territories of the Chickasaw and Creek tribes prior to the Trail of Tears. In the early 1800s, boatmen floated goods down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to Natchez, Mississippi, where their boats were sold for lumber. Then they made an over 400-mile trek back to the Ohio Valley on the Natchez Trace. This corridor has been preserved, and now it’s one of the premier cycling destinations in the U.S.
You cycle most of the southern one-third of this 444-mile parkway — and visit fascinating rural historical plantations and ruins. Enjoy two nights in Natchez, MS, and one at an inn situated in a wildlife refuge. The final two nights are in Jackson, MS, where you ride more of the Natchez Trace and visit the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. You experience rural life, delicious southern cooking and historical landmarks on this iconic bicycle tour.