Reason #4: The parkway is clean and smooth. One motorcyclist said it was "like riding on a cloud".
The asphalt pavement on the Natchez Trace Parkway creates a very smooth ride.
The prohibition of commercial traffic on the Trace eliminates almost all heavy vehicle use. Heavy trucks tear up roads. Commercial hauling is also prohibited which means dump trucks and other vehicles that might throw trash/rocks/debris on the Trace are not allowed.
The park service does an excellent job of keeping the Trace clean of any trash, debris or tree limbs that fall on the Trace. No wonder the Trace is "like riding on a cloud"!
This is just one of 10 reasons why the Natchez Trace Parkway is an excellent motorcycle route:
- Commercial traffic is prohibited.
- Traffic is generally very light except around Tupelo and Jackson.
- No stop signs or stop lights. Access on and off the Trace is via on/off ramps which means no need to worry about cross traffic.
- The parkway is clean and smooth. One motorcyclist said it was "like riding on a cloud".
- Scenery is awesome. Instead of utility poles and buildings, the Trace is lined with forests, farmland, creeks and beautiful vistas.
- All along the Trace through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, historical and nature attractions offer interesting breaks and rest stops.
- Restroom facilities on the Trace are available about every twenty miles.
- Contrary to popular belief, there are gas stations, markets and restaurants near the Trace.
- Numerous side trails take you past antebellum and victorian homes, sunken roads, civil war battlefields and southern towns.
- There are many "motorcycle friendly" bed and breakfasts located along and near the Trace.