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Natchez Trace Bike Tour

Ride Details

Dates: Sep 13-20, Oct 11-18 & 19-26, 2020 Apr 18-25, 26-May 4 & May 11-18 2021

Distance: 482 miles, elevation 17,181

Cost: $2895

Rider Level: Tailored to intermediate

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Biking the Natchez Trace is a cyclist's dream come true, and why we do it four times a year. The roads are in fabulous condition and only the northern end has any hills to speak of. The distances are modest and although there are a few days where the mileage may seem overwhelming, the support van is always there to provide a lift. The road is well marked with 442 roadside mileage markers making it almost impossible to get lost.

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Natchez Trace Bike Tour Areas:  Tennessee/Alabama/Mississppi

The Trace is rural in nature and carries no commercial traffic, that means no bus fumes, no tractor trailers, no billboards or shopping centers. We picnic almost daily, so that we can stay on the beautiful road and take advantage of great picnic and restroom facilities. In the evening, we will overnight in small southern towns just off the Trace.

The history of the Trace goes back hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Trace was inhabited by Native American Tribes, settlers who found their way over the Appalachian Mountains, trappers and traders heading home to the north, civil war soldiers with their horses and farmers moving their herds to market.

Small towns are scattered minutes off the Trace. The Northern terminus is just south of Nashville, TN. Other substantial towns are Florence, AL, Tupelo MS, Jackson, MS and Vicksburg, MS.  Relax and enjoy the ride!

Itinerary: The north to south route is our usual route. South to north is an option for your custom tour if you would like, with the identical mileage with the same stopping points.

Check out our NEW  Natchez Challenge - Race The Trace Bike Tour, designed for advanced and advid cyclists

Natchez Trace Bike Tour Details

Price: $2895 Single room supplement is $525. Bike Rental: road bikes $195, e-bikes $375

Sep 13-20 ( Sun-Sun) north to south  Call for Details

Oct 11-18 (Sun-Sun) north to south

Oct 19-26 (Mon-Mon) north to south. 

Spring 2021 April 18-25, 26-May 3, May 11-18,2021

Travel Logistics:

Assembly: Drive to our starting hotel, the Hampton Inn-Bellvue, TN. Plan on arriving by 3 Pm for bike assembly and tune up. You may leave your car there for the week. Airline travel options (airline service to Nashville, TN  and depart from Jackson, MS. Airport pick up time: 2 PM in Nashville, Drop off 4 PM in Jackson. If you opt to catch a van ride back to Nashville, we will stay over in the Jackson Suburbs and arrive to Nashville the following day by 2 PM.

Drive Time in hours from Nashville to other major cities: Atlanta 3.75, Memphis 3, St. Louis 4.5, Cincinnati 4, Charlotte 6.25, New Orleans 7.5, Chicago 7, Detroit 8

Amtrak Train service is not a viable option for Nashville. Train service is available from Jackson Mississippi after the tour if you would like to travel to another destination.

If you are shipping your bicycle, you may ship it to Trace Bikes in Nashville or to our starting Hotel. Call your tour guides for more details.

Special Note * Book arriving flight to Nashville, TN and returning flights from  Jackson, MS.  Call the office for details. Additional travel option can be arranged for anyone staying over.

Included:  All lodging, transfers to and from the airport, all breakfasts, dinners and picnic lunches on riding days, cocktail social hours on the 1st evening of each tour, van support, maps, GPS mapping, mechanic, 2 or more experienced guides                                                                           

Natchez Trace Bike Tour Itinerary

DAY 1:

Orientation Dinner and Social hour

Ride: 0

Highlights: Fine Italian dinner at Antonio’s of Nashville, Orientation and Social hour 

DAY 2....Northern Terminus to Holenwald , TN

Ride 62 miles Rolling Hills of TN and our highest elevation of the week at just over 1000 ft above sea level. Spectacular riding and farmland, Birdsong Hollow- double arch bridge Gordon House Historic site, Fall Hollow Water Falls

DAY 3...Florence, AL

Ride 66 of generally flat and some small rolling hills

Highlights: Merriwether Lewis Burial grounds, Sunken Trace, Historic downtown Florence district , Muscle Shoals recording studio, Trail of Tears memorial wall

Day 4... Tupelo Mississippi

Ride up to 80

Highlights:  Tennessee River crossing, Tenn-Tom Waterway, Numerous Trace historic markers, Tupelo Hardware Store – were Elvis Presley bought his first guitar. A colorful retail establishment often with guest appearances by Elvis impersonators

Day 5... French Camp Mississippi

Ride up to 86 on gently rolling and flat roads in a very Rural area

Highlights: Bynum Mounds, Chickasaw Agency, Historic French Camp Accademy- a private christian based school that operates within the Village and also our layover for the evening. This quaint, but nicely decorated B&B and logs cabins are maintained and operated by students and the school staff.

Day 6... Ridgeland, Mississippi

Ride up to 80 generally flat roadin very rural area

Highlights: The Koscuisko Welcome and Visttors Center- well done summary of local history and current day events and offerings, The upper Choctaw Boundry, Cypress Swamp, Bike Trails into Ridgeland with upscale shopes and fine dining

Day 7... Port Gibson, Mississippi

Ride Up to 76 on gently rolling hills, Strong rider may opt to hilly terrain in Vicksburg Battlefield

Highlights: Numerous Civil War markers, The Sunken Trace, Vicksburg Battlefield- with guided NPS guide, Local history and presentation by our innkeeper

Day 8... Natchez, Mississippi

Ride 37  on flat and gently rolling roads

Highlights: Emerald Indian Mounds, Lunch overlooking the Mississippi

Additional Attractions: Vicksburg National Battle Field• Southern Arts and Crafts Center- Ridgeland •French Camp Historic Area •90 Historic markers and land sites

Natchez Trace  Favorites  - http://www.natcheztracetravel.com/ 

 Natchez Trace (Tennessee/Alabama/Mississippi) 

 Elevation Map  North to South on the Natchez Trace   Click on the routes shown below for mileage and elevations.                                                      

 

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