100 Stunning Views of the Natchez Trace Parkway
The National Park Service is having a birthday this year, and looking pretty spectacular at 100! To celebrate we are sharing 100 of our favorite views of The Natchez Trace Parkway along with a few fun facts you may not have known about this National Park that runs through Franklin.
Did you know the Natchez Trace Parkway is a National Park?
It’s a National Scenic Byway and designated an All-American Road. Top that! If you’ve ever cruised down the Natchez Trace’s you know exactly why it is one of only 31 All-American Roads in the nation.
Did you know the Natchez Trace Parkway is the eighth most visited National Park in the United States?
With more than 5.7 million visitors in 2016, the Natchez Trace Parkway had more visitors than the Grand Canyon National Park and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. No way?! Yes way!
The Natchez Trace Parkway National Park stretches 444 miles from Natchez, Miss., to Nashville, Tenn.
Fun fact: Beginning as a path for animals, expanding to a footpath used by Native Americans, then becoming a return route for farmers and boatmen after floating supplies down the (Ohio, Tennessee and Cumberland) rivers, construction of the Trace as a paved road didn’t begin until 1939.
The Natchez Trace Parkway Double Arch Bridge was completed in 1994.
The 145-foot tall double arch bridge is one of only two post-tensioned segmental concrete arch bridges in the world. (The other is in Brazil) Its unique construction won the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995.
We love that you love the Natchez Trace as much as we do! Take a look at the rest of the gallery for a little inspiration to get back on the Trace for some windows down, cameras ready photo ops!