Tennessee Valley Divide, Milepost 423.9

Sign in the shape of an arrowhead marking the entrance to the Tennessee Valley Divide site.
Tennessee Valley Divide at Milepost 423.9 on the Natchez Trace Parkway

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Natchez Trace Parkway, Milepost 423.9
Geography and Trailhead

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Trailhead

The high ground at this site are part of a long ridge that divides central Tennessee. Streams south of the divide flow to the Duck and Tennessee Rivers, while streams to the north empty in the Cumberland River.

Travelers in the early days of the Natchez Trace were more conscious of the divide. Moving on foot or on horseback, they noticed changes in elevation and stream direction. Going north toward Nashville, the Tennessee Valley Divide marked the edge of the frontier. This was the 1796 boundary between Tennessee and the Chickasaw Nation.

Highland Rim Section Trailhead Information: This trailhead parking is open to hikers only. As the scenic trail passes the parking lot, riders and hikers are rewarded with views of the Parkway, including vibrant blooms in the spring, and spectacular colors in the fall.

See Alerts & Conditions for additional information.

See Hiking the Highland Rim Section of the Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail for additional information.

Natchez Trace Parkway, Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail

Last updated: April 5, 2024