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Thinking about going, what places are not to miss


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Beautiful drive! Stop everywhere!


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There are many unique places depending on your interests. You can start your list HERE


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I second the notion that it depends on your interests. There is so much to see! I hope you have a lot of time and are OK with a slow pace. We loved our trip up the Trace back in 2018 (until our truck disaster).

I would post a link to my blog where I wrote about each day of our Trace trip, but the last time I did that here people got on my case for "promoting" my blog. (It's not a money-producing blog by the way, so the notion of promoting it is absurd.) If you would be interested in reading about our trip, PM me and I'll send you the link privately.

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www.nps.gov/natr

The National Park Service's website about the Natchez Trace. Great drive- I have done it twice.

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Bus,

Are you planning to run it from the north or the south?

There is a guide book available and I can't find our copy right now, it may be in the coach's library. But you want to have that. There is historical marker or place of interest about every other mile for 444 miles and no cross traffic at all.

This year was supposed to be our forth on the trace but the rally we planned to go to was cancelled.

Be cautious, some of the pull-offs may be a little tight for a monster coach and towed. We don't have that problem.

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Don't miss it. It's a great drive. Just a few notes. The road is 2 lanes only, with no shoulders. Depending on when you drive, there may be some overhanging branches that you can contact while staying in your lane. Just look up and right and if you have to, swing wide. At 45mph, it's easy to do. Also, all of the points of interest are in the form of actual turnouts, not generally wide spots in the road. Many of these have an in and out lane but some require a U turn in the turnout. These are marked, but the markings are a small wood sign placed low along the ground and can be hard to see. Progress carefully. There are a very few campgrounds around mid Trace but the times I've tried to use them, they've been tight and full. The rules say you are not supposed to overnight in the points of interest, but when we were forced to do so, a number of Law Enforcement cars passed and no one stopped to even talk to us. Obviously we didn't set up camp when we spent the night. No chairs, no fires, no awnings, but we did put out slides.


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Thanks everyone for the replies!

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Just north of Natchez around an hour ( I think) is a restaurant called The Old Country Store Restaurant in Lorman MS., 18801 Hwy 61. As the name implies it is an old (very) country store turned into a restaurant. Truly nothing fancy checkered table cloths and all sorts of nick nack in the shelves along the walls. The food is buffet style and is delicous. Not to be missed is the fried chicken which is the best ever. We stopped several years ago and gorged our selves on food and desert for $40. The owner came to tables and chatted then broke into song with some of the staff. If you can try and stop, it's well worth it. We met a number of people along the trace that shared our enthusiasm.

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