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Natchez offers a whole host of picturesque, historical scenic byways that weave their way across the city. From the Natchez Trace to the Great River Road, read all about our famous trails and plan your excursion today.
Throughout history, the Mississippi River influenced many lives: the Dakota, Chippewa and Hopewell cultures; early French voyagers; African-Americans seeking freedom on the Underground Railroad; and many more. Through its charming river towns and metropolitan cities, historic sites and cultural artifacts, today's Great River Road is a scenic byway that till links resources, people and history.
This one-hundred-mile-plus route paralleling the Mississippi River is a virtual diary of American history, capturing multiple sites of historical significance. It tells the story of Antebellum America, the Civil War, and its aftermath. Without these legacies, we could not truly appreciate the tragedies and triumphs that created our nation.
Native Americans, Kaintuck boatmen, post riders, government officials and soldiers all moved across this trail, creating a vital link between the Mississippi Territory and the fledgling United States. Pass through forests, cypress swamps and farmland to meander through the rock-studded hills of Tennessee, cotton fields in Alabama, and Mississippi's marshes on one the country's most famous trails.