Monday, March 28, 2011

Why Motorcycle the Natchez Trace? Traffic is generally very light.

The 444 mile long Natchez Trace Parkway stretches from Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee. Why motorcycle the Natchez Trace Parkway?

Reason #2: Traffic is generally very light except around Tupelo and Jackson.

 Most of the parkway passes through sparsely and lightly populated areas. Because of this, combined with the 50 mph speed limit and the prohibition of commercial traffic, most of the traffic is done by people enjoying the Trace. The Natchez Trace Parkway is meant for recreational traffic. When the weather is nice there are often more motorcycles on the Trace than cars.

However, people do use the parkway to "commute" to work. Commute traffic is minimal through rural areas and very light near small towns located along the Trace. But, commute traffic is very heavy in the Tupelo and Jackson areas.

This is just one of 10 reasons why the Natchez Trace Parkway is an excellent motorcycle route:
  1. Commercial traffic is prohibited.
  2. Traffic is generally very light except around Tupelo and Jackson.
  3. 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.
  4. The parkway is clean and smooth. One motorcyclist said it was "like riding on a cloud".
  5. Scenery is awesome. Instead of utility poles and buildings, the Trace is lined with forests, farmland, creeks and beautiful vistas.
  6. All along the Trace through Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee, historical and nature attractions offer interesting breaks and rest stops.
  7. Restroom facilities on the Trace are available about every twenty miles.
  8. Contrary to popular belief, there are gas stations, markets and restaurants near the Trace.
  9. Numerous side trails take you past antebellum and victorian homes, sunken roads, civil war battlefields and southern towns.
  10. There are many "motorcycle friendly" bed and breakfasts located along and near the Trace. 

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