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Old 02-15-2012, 10:46 AM   #1
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Natchez Trace

I'll be exploring the Natchez Trace in my Airstream Interstate Class B during the week of Memorial Day, and I'm looking for recommendations from people who have done the Trace before:
1 - Must-see attractions;
2 - Must-eat-at restaurants;
3 - Must-stay-at campgrounds, preferably with water and 30-amp hookups, also preferably offering Good Sam or Passport America discounts.

My itinerary is 9 days and 8 nights, 26 May to 3 June. First day will be New Orleans to Vidalia/Natchez. Last day will be Vidalia/Natchez to New Orleans. The rest of the schedule is flexible, as long as I make the whole round trip, Natchez-Nashville-Natchez in the remaining 7 days and 6 nights. I only have to average about 125 miles a day to make the round trip, so there's plenty of time to do things other than driving.
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This is no help at all, but... There is a tall bridge the Parkway crosses. Great place to get out and walk around. Something to do with a dam project, methinks.

It's bad when the mind goes.

What were we talking about?
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Ooooo: Natchez-Trace bridge, Collinwood, United States
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It's bad when the mind goes.
You know what they say, "When the memory goes, you can just forget it."

I've seen pictures of the bridge you mentioned; it won some kind of design award, if memory serves. Don't know if it qualifies as a "must-see" but it's certainly a "can't miss."

Hope there's someplace to park at each end, so I can get out and take a look. It would be very bad to drive off the edge because I was trying to rubberneck and couldn't keep my eyes on the road.
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Ahhh, the Trace! A perfect place to slow down and enjoy the Journey...

We enjoy Natchez a few times a year, check the city's tourist website to make sure the place won't be jammed full because of a festival. We stay across the river in V'dalia at a Riverview RV Park (?)

I think we have stopped at ALL of the pulloffs. The park HQ has a nice map that shows them by MileMarker.

Dry camping at Rocky Springs is fun. Explore the old town even if you don't stay at the campground.

Further North of Tupelo we enjoy PineyGrove Campground. It's a Corps park, take reservations and FILLS UP on some weekends. Nearby is Tishamingo(sp) State park, also very nice.

I'll let others chime in on the gaps I jump over, we tend to get in a transit mode on the rest of the Trace.
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Further North of Tupelo we enjoy PineyGrove Campground. It's a Corps park, take reservations and FILLS UP on some weekends.
Now THERE is a must-do for me! I work for the Corps of Engineers— though the New Orleans District doesn't have any campgrounds— and it will be interesting to get a taxpayer's-eye view of one of our projects.
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Fantastic trip but watch out for poison ivy at some of the pulloffs. jim
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Hmmm.

You know that French Quarter RV resort will take PA for one night, but not weekends? It is nice on occasion to be within walking distance of everything, especially if you have a sweet dog who loves to stretch her legs. NOLA is very, very dog friendly.

We stayed at the Clear Springs Recreational Area in Homochitto NF near Meadville, MS about a month ago. Beautiful place, very clean, campsites with decks overlooking the lake.

It will be warm and humid during this time of year, make sure your AC is working.

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I know this is late, but you should eat at the King's Tavern. It is old and awesome.
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I know this is late, but you should eat at the King's Tavern. It is old and awesome.
Not late at all! My Natchez Trace excursion isn't until late May. Where is the King's Tavern?
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Another thought: Don't know the exact route you are taking, but you could drive northwest from NOLA and take the ferry across the river at St. Francisville, just for fun. (We love ferries.) St. Francisville is a beautiful, beautiful old town, worthy of a day or so to poke around in.

You could also do a bit of the Great River road if you were so inclined, and like antebellum plantations. What's not to like, I say! There are several PA campgrounds in that area, as I recall.

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Trace has an original trail that can be done with tow vehicle. Two ruts of the original trail, even get to ford a stream at the end. Don't remember the mile marker but if you stop by office I'm sure it is on their map. Maybe someone here can remember. We did it in our Westfalia many years ago.
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Coca Cola Museum in Vicksburg;The Old Country Store Restaurant 18801 Hwy 61 in Lorman, Miss (famous for "heavenly fried chicken);Elvis Presely Museum in Tupelo, MS;Ivy Green, birthplace, childhood and museum of Helen Keller in Tuscumbia, Al;also in Tuscumbia, Al is "The Palace Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop" restored to it's 1905 era. Also, we enjoyed the Grand Old Opry in Nashville.
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OK, we are planning a 2 Unit caravan up the Natchez Trace arriving Natchez 09 March. Please keep the great ideas and sites coming. Anyone know about Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez?
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