American Location 8 – Natchez Trace Parkway south-central segment

This trip is from the northern terminus of Natchez Trace National Road and off it at the southern terminus into Mississippi and Louisiana.

This morning the sun was shining and the wind was gone. A much better day. We set off south on the Trace in a much better mood. We felt like we had really dodged a bullet. Our first stop of the day was at French Camp (app. MM182). At this location there had once been an inn for travelers along the Trace. Several original buildings have been restored.

We stopped at Cole Creek next (app. MM177). Because of the storm 2 days ago, everything still looked flooded.

Then we stopped to hike to Hurricane Creek (app. MM164). More flooding.

At Myrick Creek (app. MM146) we hiked back to another swollen muddy creek.

At Cyprus Swamp (app. MM122) we hiked into a swamp. Now it looked like we were seriously getting south.

Our next stop was at Reservoir Overlook (app. MM105) to view the reservoir for Jackson.

This was the most traffic we encountered during our entire time on the Trace, when it passed through Jackson, Mississippi. We were so anxious to get away from the city and back out into the country that we didn’t stop again until we came to the third free campground on the Trace, Rocky Springs (app. MM55). Despite being near a major city, even this campground wasn’t crowded.

Next Location – Natchez Trace Parkway south segment

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