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Old 02-28-2016, 09:12 AM   #1
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Is the northern end of the Nachez Trail worth seeing?

We are heading south after the Alumapaloosa toward the Great Smokey Mtn NP and would welcome suggestions of things not to miss or places to stay. We will then be heading west through Tennessee eventually picking up I40 back to AZ. Also, is the Nachez Trail worth seeing.
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Old 02-28-2016, 09:32 AM   #2
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Driving the Nachez trace is an absolute delight. This was a big part of my first airstream experence, traveling the length of it from the South. With my brother and his wonerful 31' classic T T.
Beautiful countryside, nice road, little traffic, no commercial intrusion on the vistas. Really quite surprising how little gets between you and the landscape.

I recomend you try to fit in as much as will work with your route and schedule.

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If you're near Crossville, TN. You may want to stop in at TCPC ( Tennessee Cumberland Plateau Campground) an Airstream only park. Beautiful heavily wooded park and sites, really nice people and an inexpensive overnight or multi-night.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:23 PM   #4
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Thank you, will definitely try to fit at least some of it.
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Great suggestions thank you.
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Old 02-29-2016, 03:32 PM   #6
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Here is a link to the NPS page for the Trace, there is a clickable map that list all of the pull overs and shows the free campsites.

http://www.nps.gov/natr/index.htm

At 444 miles in length, both the fall and spring show different stages as you travel the length. Wildlife is usually VERY prominent at dusk and dawn, nice to look at but use caution to avoid collisions.
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I think y'all mean the Natchez Trace...
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That area of Alabama is very beautiful if it's not taking you too far out of your way. A real nice side trip is to Red Bay, AL. IF you ever want or "need" to switch to a MH, I'd greatly recommend that you stop by Tiffin's manufacturing facility. They offer a great tour and product. However, buy used. Bob really supports the product with outstanding customer service - even on used models!!
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The Natchez Trace is one of the best RV drives we've ever encountered in over 30 years of RVing. There are 3 campgrounds along it that are well spaced so that it makes a great 3 day trip if you overnight at each. They are boondocking but have potable water available along with flush toilets. Lots of history, beautiful at night as there is little light pollution, and best of all they are all FREE !!! Good advice to arrive mid afternoon as they can get filled up later in the day, and they are all first come first served. Will be making the trip North the week of March 20, as we do every spring !!!!

Also great food available at French Camp Cafe, non profit christian endeavour that helps underprivileged young folks with their education. This is only a few miles South of Jeff Busby campground and should not be missed. They are closed on Sundays so we always plan it so that we are in that area on a weekday. Enjoy yourselves


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Glad to know a Canadian is in tune with our local flavor!
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It's a great trip, take your time and enjoy, we've done it once, and hope to do it again this summer..

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A couple of years (or 5-6- time flies) ago the camp host at Jeff Busby had a couple of cats the would walk with him like dogs. The cats would even heel. When he walked, the cats walked. When he stopped. The cats stopped. I always thought that was pretty cool.


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dining opportunity on the trace

A number of years ago on a STL to N.O's auto trip,we followed the trace for awhile and finally stayed a night in Natchez, where we heard about a great Tamale/Margarita establishment. Instead of departing early as planned, we stayed until they opened for lunch and we're glad we did.

It's at the S end but the drive is worth it.

We orders tamales and rita's...they spread newspapers out on the counter (who needs plates anyway) and delivered the steaming delights. Awesome.

http://fatmamastamales.com/

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Yes, the Natchez Trace us wonderful. Need to take you time, the stops are great. We took it in the spring with the Red Buds and Dogwood in bloom. Wow
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