Natchez Trace Bike Tour
From Natchez, Mississippi to Nashville, Tennessee
The Natchez Trace Parkway is one of North America’s hidden gems. The riding experience is similar to riding a 440-mile bike path with no stop signs, no traffic, and no worries - just pure delight.
- April 10 – 16 * Tour a go!
- April 18 – 24
- April 26 – May 2 * Tour a go!
- October 15 – 21 * Tour opened!
- October 23 – 29
- October 31 – November 6
- Duration: 7-days
- Ride Type: Road
- Difficulty: Intermediate / Intermediate+
- Average Daily Mileage: 43 -63
- Price from: US$2,890
With its vast stretches of twisty roads and little vehicle traffic, its tremendous scenery over ridges and through isolated hollows, its undulating terrain with no huge climbs, and its myriad of small friendly towns steeped in history, it’s no wonder that the Natchez Trace (also known simply as “The Trace”) is a destination for many cyclists looking to reconnect with nature while pursuing their love of cycling.
Also known as the “Old Natchez Trace”, the historical footpath that extends roughly 440-miles from Natchez, Mississippi, to Nashville, Tennessee. The Trace was first created by migrating animals and then used for centuries by Native Americans. After the Americas were founded, The Trace was later used by early European and American explorers, traders, and emigrants in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Today, the trail is commemorated by the 440-mile Natchez Trace Parkway which follows the approximate path of the old Trace.
Unlike many other outfits offering week-long cycling tours along the Natchez Trace Parkway, we did our research and discovered that a South to North tour is just a better experience. Here are a few reasons why:
Why Ride the Natchez Trace from South to North?
Mile Markers – Mile Marker 0 starts in Natchez, MS & Mile Marker 444 ends in Nashville, TN. It’s more fun to add up miles rather than count down!
Sun – Lights your way, rather than blinds you
Tailwind – The prevailing winds in this region come from the South to Southwest
History – Of the 1800’s boatsmen who repeatedly traveled down the Mississippi River and back up the Trace
Seasonal Cycle– Riding from South to North along the Natchez Trace in early autumn is a metaphorical transition from a summer into autumn season
Fitness – Progress naturally with easier ‘training’ early on
DAY 0 – Shuttle from Nashville TN
or Jackson, MS to Natchez, MS
DAY 1 – Natchez to Sunken Trace
DAY 2 – Sunken Trace to Ridgeland
DAY 3 – Ridgeland to French Camp
DAY 4 – French Camp to Tupelo
DAY 5 – Tupelo to Belmont
DAY 6 – Belmont to Meriwether Lewis National Monument
DAY 7 – Meriwether Lewis National Monument to Double Arch Bridge
Transfer back to Nashville, TN
- 440 miles of riding with no cars
- Charming towns
- Sunken Trace
- Elvis Presley Birthplace
- The Belmont Hotel
- Meriweather Lewis National Monument
- 7-days of guide service
- Mechanical support
- Support vehicle
- 6-nights of exceptional lodging
- All meals
- Entrance fees
- Energy food, snacks, and non-alcoholic refreshments
I just completed the Natchez Trace Bicycle Tour. It was a great tour. The route was outstanding. Limited auto traffic and very courteous drivers that went out of their way to be polite. Peter and Anna are the best tour guides I have ever ridden with. They made road details clear and easy to understand. They were very supportive for all the riders regardless of a rider’s pace. They kept us all properly supplied with water and nutrients during the ride. Their professionalism is definitely 5 star! Thank you!
– Jeff D