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 - this is just for a pause; a beautiful place to walk (the non-asphalt trails - that is)

P.S. I don't know the history of this place or if the narrative along with this video is accurate or appropriate. I was captured by the land and couldn't help thinking; this is a place for walking. And in case one day isn't enough, my fly rod and a small fire would be just perfect too :)

Here is some history by someone who does know; Ojibwa: The Natchez and the French

Also too from JaxDem: Te-lah-nay's Wall

Originally posted to Eric Nelson on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 04:29 PM PDT.

Also republished by National Parks and Wildlife Refuges.

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  •  Lots of bicyclists like the Natchez Trace (7+ / 0-)

    because there is hardly any traffic, its a nice 450 miles of road with wide shoulders, 55 mph speed limit all the way, so very safe and scenic, if you really like trees.

    No matter how cynical you become, you can never keep up.--Lily Tomlin

    by MadScientist on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 05:08:25 PM PDT

    •  Did they raise the speed limit? (1+ / 0-)
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      Eric Nelson

      My wife and I have driven the entire length of the Trace since its completion several years ago.  But the last time we were on the road was about 2-1/2 to 3 years ago.  At that time the marked speed limit was 45 mph. Has it been raised?

      One day I hope to be found Guilty of committing innovation but today is not that day.

      by Another Mr Brown on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 07:08:26 PM PDT

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  •  There have been people walking that trace for (8+ / 0-)

    10,000 years, according to the National Park Service website. It is a magnificent trip, if you ever get the chance. 400 miles makes for a long walk, but it is a lovely drive - no trucks or commercial traffic and lots of turnouts to stop and wander around.

    Oh oh, I hope THAT doesn't end up in someone's sig line! :) - kos

    by Susan Grigsby on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 05:09:07 PM PDT

  •  Uplifting (6+ / 0-)

    and just when I needed it!

    "the northern lights have seen queer sights, but the queerest they ever did see. Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge, I cremated Sam McGee". - Robert Service, Bard of the Yukon

    by Joe Jackson on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 06:11:33 PM PDT

  •  A wonderful drive (3+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson, greengemini, FarWestGirl

    As noted in my comment above, my wife and I have driven the entire length of the Trace but in segments over different years. (We have included segments in different trips down to NOLA, MS and AL.) There are so many interesting turnouts and places to stop it is hard to visit the entire length in a single trip unless you make it the focus of your trip. Different turnouts focus on the Native Americans that lived in the areas, burial mounds, Civil War events, the antebellum mercantile route there, roadhouses, ecological changes, and other matters. The NPS rangers at the park stations are very knowledgeable and helpful, too.

    Another nice feature of the Parkway, in addition to its easy speed limit and frequent turnouts, is its access to larger cities along its route while maintaining a limited access profile. My driving experience on the Trace has been limited to the months of December and January, though, so I don't know how busy traffic has been through there in other months. But during the time of year we've been there traffic has been very light.

    One day I hope to be found Guilty of committing innovation but today is not that day.

    by Another Mr Brown on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 08:07:20 PM PDT

  •  Don't Confuse the Trace and the Parkway (2+ / 0-)
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    unfangus, FarWestGirl

    The Parkway is one of the nicest drives east of the Mississippi, where it's done, but the Trace itself was hugely important in the history of everything west of the Appalachians. With no roads back east almost everything produced on this side of the hills went to Natchez or New Orleans by flatboat, with literally everything an entire settlement produced (and didn't eat) for a year, furs/hides, corn (usually bottled), etc. loaded on hand-hewn plank boats and floated down the Tennessee and Cumberland and Ohio Rivers to the Mississippi, then down to market in Natchez or Nawlins where the load was sold, the boat was taken apart and the lumber sold then the crews (mostly) walked home, following the Trace most of the way, and it was an old road then.

    Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government.

    by The Baculum King on Tue Jul 15, 2014 at 11:50:50 PM PDT

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