The Old Natchez Trace covers thousands of miles, but some might say that the best parts of the trail exist squarely in Ridgeland’s borders.
A primitive trail stretching over 400 miles from the wilderness of Natchez, Mississippi, to the bustling metropolis of Nashville, Tennessee, the Old Natchez Trace’s significance goes back to the 1700s when the Mississippi territory was first established. The days of famous Americans such as John James Audubon, Meriwether Lewis, and Andrew Jackson traveling along the Trace passed with the arrival of the steamboat, but the trail would find new life in recreation.
After being placed in the care of the National Park Service in 1939, it became the Natchez Trace Parkway, and features the old trail which runs parallel to the parkway. It offers an unforgettably scenic route featuring brushed forest, canebrakes, ridges, and swamp, along with several recreation sites in or near Ridgeland. Visitors will find numerous exhibits, campgrounds, water recreation areas, and hiking trails, such as the Multi-Purpose Trail - a fantastic four-mile stretch that curves through the Natchez Trace that’s great for biking.