In 1983 the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail was established as a unit of the National Park System and the National Trails System. It runs parallel to the Natchez Trace Parkway, providing visitors with an opportunity to enjoy the scenery and history of the Natchez Trace corridor.
Today the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail consists of five separate sections--over 60 miles--developed for hiking and horseback riding. Portions of scenic trail follow segments of the original Old Natchez Trace. Like the Natchez Trace Parkway, the scenic trail is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Take your time and you will be rewarded with the sights and sounds experienced by those who came long before you.
The five developed sections of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail are accessed from many points along the Natchez Trace Parkway. Specific information about each trail section is below. When you are on the trail itself, look for markings of white blazes or brown and white signs.
Last updated: January 12, 2021