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Old 05-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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Natchez Trace - Nashville to Pensacola

A frequent trip we make is from the Nashville TN area to Pensacola FL. We really do not enjoy the trip down I-65. So we have started taking the slow, low stress, and scenic route. We get on the Natchez Trace just south of Nashville and travel to Tupelo MS. We then head down to Jennings Ferry Campground (Corp of Eng) in Eutaw AL and spend the night. Jennings Ferry is a wonderful campground. Then on the next day we make our way, via vacant two lane road smostly, to Fort Pickens campground in Pensacola. It takes more time but the trip is very scenic and peaceful.

I just thought I would share this with others who may be looking for a different way to get there.

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Old 05-21-2013, 02:41 PM   #2
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Have traveled the Natchez Trace a couple of times, and you are right, it's a relaxing and scenic trip. I especially like the Northern half.


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Old 05-21-2013, 03:32 PM   #3
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We loved Hohenwald, right on the Trace. Great, free campground. Merriweather Lewis' grave nearby, a great coffee shop downtown, very good used bookstore, a surprisingly good museum and re-creation of Lewis and Clark's fort. Well worth the stop!

We also really enjoyed Natchez, MS. It is just amazing how deep the path is from the trace just north of the State Park. Also, a great coffee shop with wifi in town. I don't normally note coffee places, but these two were outstanding.

I remember our first drive as very relaxing, but we did a bit of the drive last year and found it quite bumpy. Is that just a small area, or did frost heaves affect the drive for a longer part of the Trace?
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
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We really enjoyed the off highway short drive on the original trail, did it with the vw vanagon, just wide enough and only scary part was the fording of river, but seeing the bank was steep ahead managed it by climbing diagonally. The sign did say no trailers, but we never considered the vw more than a car :-)
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Originally Posted by 65CV View Post
... did frost heaves affect the drive for a longer part of the Trace?
Frost Heaves? what are those? Is that what happens if you eat too much ice cream?

More likely it's heat buckling or just some of the crappy Yazoo clay that we deal with. Last year one of the new sections around Jackson decided to simply slide away, it took MONTHS before they reopened the section.
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