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South Section of Natchez Trace

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 85.98 miles / 138.4 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $6.53
  • State: Mississippi
Submitted by:
MotoWanderer

After eating some of the great food that Vicksburg has to offer, take a trip down the Natchez Trace for a great day of riding. To find it, take Hwy 27 south towards Crystal Springs. You'll travel about 16 miles and need to start looking for the signs for Natchez Trace and Rocky Springs.

Once on the Trace, the first major site you'll arrive at is Rocky Springs at mile maker 58. There are bathroom facilities but all is currently closed due to Covid. This area has numerous primitive campsites available, several trails that go down to the spring and a trail that goes back to the old Rocky Spring township. Not much still there other than some artifacts that give you an idea of how the town was laid out and an old church that you can go in.

Continuing on down the Trace will bring you to several sites such as Owen's Creek Waterfall, an old watermill site, burial grounds and more. Some of these sites are well marked and some are easy to pass if you are not watchful. The route is mostly open fields and straighter sections until you reach Port Gibson. At this point you are surrounded by beautiful forest lands with much needed shade if you are riding through during the summer.

Port Gibson offers a chance to get off the Trace and fuel up, though there is not much else in town. There are some historical sites such as the Shaifer House, Windsor Ruins,the Mississippi mound trail and others.Most of this is located on Rodney Road which deserves a write up all on its own.

At milepost 30 you can exit to Lorman, MS and visit the Alcorn University campus or head south on Hwy 61 to the Old Country Store for an all you can eat southern buffet. The fried chicken is highly recommended, and you may just get serenaded by the owner and chef, Mr. D.

If you are the adventure rider type, there are numerous old roads and trails that branch off of the Trace once you are south of Port Gibson. The Potkopinu Trail has some hiking areas and a decently deep cold water swimming hole. Again, watch for signs of the numerous sites along the Trace.

Finally we make our way down to Natchez, MS. There is a lot to offer from antebellum B&B's, BBQ, the Shake Shack, and more. Be sure to check out the downtown area and visit Natchez Under the Hill historic district to see how life was back in the steamboat days.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Mississippi. This motorcycle route has 4 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by MotoWanderer in September. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by MotoWanderer

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Ride Scenery:

Historic SitesFall ColorsForestFarm Land

Best Time to Go

Spring, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadFlatNo TrafficAverageRare Gas StationsAdequate

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