Total tour distance: 455 miles
Daily tour distance: 65 miles
Difficulty: 40 / 100
The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of the North American continent’s crown-jewel byways. We’re going to pedal every inch of this nearly continuous greenway linking the southern Appalachian foothills and the bluffs of the lower Mississippi River.
As we spin along the ribbon of road — the accompanying van hauling most of our gear — we’ll traverse forested ridges, coast along broad valleys, and slip through isolated hollows. We’ll ride in the tracks not only of pioneer mail couriers, but of buffalo and prehistoric Indians, Ohio River Valley boatmen, soldiers, and outlaws on the run. No commercial traffic, no chasing hounds, no distracting billboards — just you, your bicycle, and some of the prettiest countryside in the South.