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. A map can be found here.
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.
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. Download the Mount Locust Inn and Plantation brochure to learn more about the site.
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.
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: July 29, 2020