Natchez to Jackson

The one hundred miles between Natchez and Jackson, Mississippi provides numerous opportunities to get out of your car and learn more about the history of the area. From prehistoric American Indian mounds, to a town abandoned in the early 1900's, there are thousands of years of history along the Natchez Trace.
Emerald Mound is the second largest Mississippian period ceremonial mound in the United States.
Visitors have the opportunity to see the evidence prehistoric people have left along the Natchez Trace at Emerald Mound. 

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Emerald Mound, at milepost 10.3, is the second largest Mississippian period ceremonial mound in the United States, and the largest mound along the Natchez Trace Parkway. The mound provides a glimpse into the story of the Mississippian period people who lived along the Natchez Trace.

The Historic Mount Locust Inn
The Historic Mount Locust Inn, built in 1780.

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Mount Locust, at milepost 15.5, is the only remaining inn, or "stand" on the Parkway. Mount Locust allows you to see what the "Kaintucks" may have experienced at the road side stands.The contact station is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and rangers are available to share information on the historic structure. Check Operating Hours & Seasons for current days of operation.

The Sunken Trace at milepost 41.5 on the Natchez Trace Parkway was created in the highly eroded loess soil.
The Sunken Trace at milepost 41.5.

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The Sunken Trace, at milepost 41.5 is one of the most photographed sites along the parkway. The trace appears sunken in this spot due to thousands of travelers walking on the easily eroded loess soil. This short trail will allow you to walk on the Natchez Trace just as thousands have before you.
The Rocky Springs Cemetery contains old trees covered with Spanish Moss.
The Cemetery at Rocky Springs is just some of the evidence left behind by residents of this abandoned town.

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A short one half mile trail at milepost 54.8 allows you to walk through the abandoned town of Rocky Springs. In addition to the short trail, there is a picnic area, restrooms, and a campground. All campgrounds on the Natchez Trace Parkway are primitive and have no hookups. The sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis with no reservations available.

Last updated: August 29, 2020

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Mailing Address:

2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
Tupelo, MS 38804


(800) 305-7417
The Visitor Center is open during normal business hours seven days a week. The visitor center is closed Thanksgiving, December 25th and January 1st.

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