Calling all history buffs and nature lovers! Recently named as one of America’s Most Beautiful Scenic Byways by Country Living and what the U.S. Department of the interior called one on the Top 8 Best Drives, you’ll want to be sure to add the Natchez Trace to your bucket list.
This is a particularly auspicious time to the visit the area during the Natchez Tri-Centennial and Mississippi state’s Bi-Centennial. In addition to the 300 years of Natchez history, the Trace is home to more than 10,000 years of North American history. With 444 miles of scenic byway curving along the banks of the legendary Mississippi River to the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, there’s plenty to see and do along the Natchez Trace Parkway.
Considering staying at the historic Devereaux Shields House for your adventure, located just 4 ½ miles away from the Natchez Trace beginning North on Liberty Road. You’ll love the beautiful rooms and suites in our Queen Ann Victorian and Victorian Cottage, while enjoying modern amenities, free Wi-Fi, gourmet Southern breakfasts, and relaxing gardens.
Start your journey at milestone-zero in Natchez and look forward to encountering breathtaking scenery and significant historical exhibits along the path. Notable stops include:
- The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) and The Natchez Trace Signage
- Elizabeth Female Academy: the first institution of higher learning for women chartered by the state of Mississippi.
- The sunken Old Trace: a reminder of those who contributed to events that shaped the broad patterns of our common history.
- Emerald Mound and Natchez State Park: enjoy a day of fishing or visit the Plaquemine archaeological site.
- Turpin Creek: a great stop for a picnic and a nice nature trail for hiking.
- Loess Bluff: a bluff built from the sands and clays of an ancient sea.
- Mount Locust: one of the oldest structures in Mississippi, formerly a working plantation and inn for travelers.
Stay at our Natchez bed and breakfast to explore this legendary trail, and let us be your guide to the best of Natchez, Mississippi.