Friday, April 8, 2011

Why Motorcycle the Natchez Trace? Restroom facilities on the Trace are available about every 20 miles.

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

Reason #7: Restroom facilities on the Trace are available about every twenty miles.

The national park service maintains restroom facilities at 16 of their 95 attractions along the Trace. When you are biking on the Trace there will usually be a park service restroom within twenty miles or less. There are a few stretches where they are spaced further apart.

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. 

Most of the stops on the Trace that have restroom facilities also have a picnic area located in a nearby, shaded area. For motorcyclists packing a lunch or snack these are great places to stop.

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