Mando (rrj10) and I (Bubba) originally road the Trace from south to north during October, 2015. We repeated the part of the Trace from Natchez to Tupelo, Ms over two days (03/23/17 & 03/24/17) recently.
The Trace is a beautiful ride with minimal traffic and maximal scenery. During the fall ride, the trees in the forests along the Trace had leaves that varied in color form faded green to brilliant oranges, yellows, and reds. The deciduous trees during our recent ride were bare. Thereby, providing a deeper view through the forests to the farms, houses, and land beyond the boundary. Some of the flowering trees were blooming such as Redwood and Dogwood. The undergrowth vegetation was much more advanced along the south end than near where we exited.
On both rides were stayed in Kosciusko, Ms. The motels there are clean and affordable with three near the Trace . However, and I've saved this for last, the thing we found in Kosciusko was the Old Trace Grill. It's a Mom and Pop dinner like we hope to find in every town. All food is made fresh when you order, prepared carefully, and served thoughtfully. Prices are higher than a 'chain' restaurant but the food is worth every cent you pay and every moment you wait
Sat Mar 25, 2017 at 4:20 PM
I live in Clinton, MS right alongside the Trace and can absolutely confirm this is a great road to tour! My daughter and I have ridden on the hack down and back often...I am looking forward to a "new" ride when I return from Iraq on R&R for my daughter's 10th birthday in a few days. I hope to get some photos to share!
Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 11:30 AM
Wife and I made part of this ride Jackson to Tupelo, spent the night, and back next day. Wonderful ride!!
Our next plan this fall(before the end of DST is:
Day 1)Natchez to Tupelo and spend the night
Day 2)Tupelo to Nashville and spend the night
Day 3)See a few sites around Nashville (optional)
Day 4)Return to Tupelo via trace
Day 5)Tupelo to Natchez then home.
1) WATCH YOUR SPEED!! The Feds are serious about the 50 mph limit, you may slide with 55 but no more. Besides, 50-55 is perfect for a leisurely scenic tour. Watch for wildlife.
2) A small ice chest of bottled water not a bad idea on your luggage rack so you don't have to leave the trace looking for a cool drink.
3) NO ALCOHOL!! The Feds are serious about tis as well!! I have heard rumors of road blocks / license checks on the trace, though I have not witnessed this myself. Not the way you want to end your ride. Besides, if you're enjoying this scenic ride with the love of your life, you won't need anything else.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a fun, relaxing motorcycle road. It does not have the twisty turns and mountain scenery of the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it does have several positive qualities:
1) No commercial traffic, depending on the time of year you ride, you will likely see more motorcycles than cars!
2) Great road conditions
3) Easily accessible gas stations
I only wish the road had a few more turns. The route gets pretty flat between Natchez and Jackson, MS.
Great road, I rode it in 2.5 days starting/ending in Nashville. Overnighted in Kosciusco, MS (not a ton of options), and Tupelo, MS (many options).
Enjoy the ride!
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM
Highly recommend this ride. It is beautiful and many interesting and historic stops along the way.
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM