Friday, April 8, 2011

Why Motorcycle the Natchez Trace? Gas stations, markets and restaurants are nearby.

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

Reason #8: Contrary to popular belief, there are gas stations, markets and restaurants near the Trace.

It is true that none of these services are right "on" the Trace - it is a national park. Just beyond the woods there are often markets, gas stations and restaurants within a couple miles or less of dozens of the Trace access/exit points.

But, you need to know where they are. Advertising is forbidden on the parkway so there are no signs pointing you to the nearest gas station. We have a quick list of markets that you can print on the front and back of one sheet of paper at and take with you on your Natchez Trace trip.

For more in-depth information about what you can find at each exit we have put together a list for each of the three states that the Trace travels through:
Tennessee Access / Exit Roads - Food & Gas
Alabama Access / Exit Roads - Food & Gas
Mississippi Access / Exit Roads - Food & Gas

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. 

No comments:

Post a Comment