The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history. The travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations. It was the homeward bound footpath for traders who floated their goods in boats down the Mississippi River to Natchez, Mississippi, the capital of the old southwest. It became a postal route and a military road.
Today the Natchez Trace provides a near-continuous greenway from the southern Appalachian foothills of Tennessee to the bluffs of the lower Mississippi River. Visitors can enjoy not only a scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, picknicking, camping, and educational opportunities. Commemorating the old travel corridor, the Natchez Trace Parkway was established as a unit of the National Park Service in 1938.