Trails: Short and Long, Ancient and New

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Trails to Suit Everyone

Trail Milepost Distance Description Site Information
Elizabeth Female Academy 5.1 450 ft Paved trail to the academy remains Elizabeth Female Academy, Milepost 5.1 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Emerald Mound Walk 10.3 400 ft Uphill walk leading to Emerald Mound’s eight-acre plateau with nice views of the countryside Emerald Mound, Milepost 10.3 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Mount Locust Trail 15.6 0.5 mi Network of trails that lead to the historic house, grape arbor, cemeteries of past owners and enslaved workers, and a brick kiln. Paved (some rough) from contact station to a little past the house Mount Locust Historic House, Milepost 15.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Bullen Creek 18.4 1100 ft Walk with interpretive stops explaining the characteristics of a mature hardwood forest Bullen Creek, Milepost 18.4 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Sunken Trace Trail 41.5 600 ft Section of the Old Trace that is sunken due to thousands of travelers walking on the easily eroded loess soil Sunken Trace, Milepost 41.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Grindstone Ford Trail 45.7 0.5 mi Loop trail that takes you to the Old Trace and an old cemetery Grindstone Ford and Old Trace, Milepost 45.7 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Dean's Stand 73.5 0.25 mi Trail near the homestead of William Dean and his wife, Margaret, who settled near here in 1823 Dean Stand Site, Milepost 73.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Ridgeland Cowles Mead Cemetery Trail 88 600 ft Walk to Cowles Mead Cemetery Cowles Mead Cemetery, Milepost 88.1 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Brashear’s Stand Old Trace & Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trailhead 104.5 550 ft
(Chisha Foka 10 mi)
Loop takes you to a portion of the sunken part of the Old Natchez Trace. A wheelchair accessible boardwalk takes you to the Mississippi Crafts Center and a view of the Old Trace. This lot is also parking and access to the Chisha Foka Multi-Use Trail (For info on Chisha Foka Trail, please visit chishafoka - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) ( Brashears Stand and Old Trace, Milepost 104.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Boyds Site Trail 106.9 150 ft Trail to an American Indian mound site which was constructed during the late Woodland, early Mississippian period around 800 -1100 CE Boyd Site, Milepost 106.9 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Cypress Swamp Walk 122 2000 ft A stairway leads to a boardwalk and a trail with interpretive stops explaining a typical swamp Cypress Swamp, Milepost 122 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Hurricane Creek 164.3 850 ft Trail with a stream, different soil types, and forest Hurricane Creek, Milepost 164.3 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Cole Creek 175.6 750 ft Trail with interpretive stops that explain changes from swamp to mixed hardwood forest Cole Creek, Milepost 175.6 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Jeff Busby Little Mountain Trail 193.1 1 mi Trail to the top of Little Mountain, the highest point on the Parkway in Mississippi Jeff Busby Overlook, Milepost 193.1 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Bynum Mounds 232.4 200 ft Paved loop that includes interpretive displays and two American Indian mounds built during the Middle Woodland period, between 100 BCE and 100 CE Bynum Mounds, Milepost 232.4 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Witch Dance 233.2 15 mi The trailhead of a 15-mile hiking and horse trail in the Tombigbee National Forest Witch Dance, Milepost 233.2 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Chickasaw Village Trail 261.8 1200 ft Directly behind the exhibit shelter, enjoy a trail with interpretive stops that explain American Indian use of plants. This trail also connects to the Blackland Prairie section of the National Scenic Trail. Chickasaw Village Site, Milepost 261.8 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Beech Springs Trail at the Visitor Center 266 0.5 mi At the end of the Visitor Center sidewalk there is a paved trail with interpretive stops that identify plants of a hardwood forest. Wheelchair users may require some assistance on some slopes. Beech Springs Nature Trail, Milepost 266 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Confederate Gravesites/Old Trace Trail 269.4 1400 ft (up and back) Partially paved trail to an interpretive stop at the burial site of 13 unknown Confederate soldiers and a section of the Old Trace. Parkway road sign labeled "Old Trace." Old Trace and Confederate Gravesites, Milepost 269.4 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Dogwood Valley 275.5 1600 ft Trail with interpretive stops that explain the natural history and value of mature hardwood trees. Entrance to the trail is to the right of the wayside sign. Dogwood Valley, Milepost 275.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Donivan Slough 283.3 1600 ft Trail with interpretive stops that explain the habitat and the story of a slough Donivan Slough, Milepost 283.3 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Tenn-Tom Trail 293.2 475 ft Paved trail that leads to the waterway. Tenn-Tom Waterway/Jamie L Whitten Bridge, Milepost 293.2 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Cave Spring Trail 308.4 250 ft Short walk to the cave Cave Spring, Milepost 308.4 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Freedom Hills Overlook Trail 317 2200 ft (up and back) Steep, paved trail to scenic overlook with excellent views Freedom Hills Overlook, Milepost 317.0 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Buzzard Roost Trail 320.3 500 ft Trail to a spring, the source of water for the Colbert house and travelers on the Old Trace Buzzard Roost Springs, Milepost 320.3 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Colbert Ferry Trail 327.3 1200 ft Trail to the site of the ferry stand, taking you along the Old Trace to the bluff overlook and back. Trail starts across the parking lot from the restrooms. Colbert Ferry Stand Site, Milepost 327.3 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Rock Spring 330.2 2200 ft Loop trail with stepping-stone stream crossing and interpretive stops about the succession from meadow to bottom land to hillside Rock Spring, Milepost 330.2 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Holly Picnic Area Trail 346.2 1200 ft ADA accessible trail with a picnic area Holly Picnic Area, Milepost 346.2 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Sunken Trace Trail 350.2 1500 ft Section of the Old Trace that is sunken due to thousands of travelers walking on the easily eroded soil Sunken Trace, Milepost 350.5 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Sweetwater Branch 363 2500 ft (up and back) Trail following a stream with interpretive stops that explain the struggle for survival in a poor habitat Sweetwater Branch, Milepost 363.0 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Metal Ford Trail 382.8 890 ft Old Trace crossing of the Buffalo River Metal Ford, Milepost 382.8 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Meriwether Lewis Site Trails 385.9 varies There are multiple trails at the Meriwether Lewis site. For details, please visit Exploring the Meriwether Lewis Site - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) ( Exploring the Meriwether Lewis Site - Natchez Trace Parkway (U.S. National Park Service) (
Phosphate Mine Trail 390.7 550 ft Trail by a historic phosphate mine Phosphate Mine, Milepost 390.7 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Fall Hollow Waterfall 391.9 1025 ft Trail to a waterfall overlook at Falls Branch Fall Hollow Waterfall, Milepost 391.9 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Old Trace Walk 403.7 2000 ft Trail on a section of the Old Trace following a ridge 300 feet above the Duck River Old Trace, Milepost 403.7 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Jackson Falls 404.7 900 ft Paved trail that steeply descends to Jackson Falls. Go right from the restrooms. Jackson Falls, Milepost 404.7 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Baker Bluff Trail 404.7 2100 ft Hiking trail between the Jackson Falls area and Baker Bluff. Head left from Jackson Falls rest area. Baker Bluff Overlook, Milepost 405.1 (U.S. National Park Service) (
Historic Gordon House Trail 410 0.64 mi Trail past the historic Gordon House, then a somewhat difficult crossing of the shallow Fattybread Branch stream. Continue on the Old Trace to find the Duck River. (Do not cross if Fattybread is deep or swift) Gordon House Historic Site, Milepost 407.7 (U.S. National Park Service) (
*Note: This table does not include National Scenic Trail sections. For information on the Scenic Trail, please visit Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail (U.S. National Park Service) (

Last updated: November 16, 2023

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