Gliding Up the Natchez Trace Parkway

CAMPGROUND: Henry Horton State Park. Water and Electricity at each site. Picnic table and firepit. Nice bathrooms/showers. Woodsy. $32/night. 3 stars. On a river, but no view from campground.

LOCATION: Chapel Hill, Tennessee – a bit south of Nashville

WEATHER: Less humid. High 90. Nice in the evening

We are getting a pretty good routine – up early and on the road by 7:00. We drove about an hour to hectic Jackson, Mississippi, and gratefully got off the interstate to enter the Natchez Trace Parkway. What a change! The entire 450 miles is a national park. Trucks are not allowed and the speed limit is 50, so there is hardly any traffic. It was so peaceful and stressless that we drove about 300 miles on it northeast, and didn’t feel road-weary.

The history…..The Natchez Trace was a path that the fur sellers used back in the day. They would sail down the Mississsippi with their furs to sell to ships awaiting them in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, they walked back north with their purses full of coins, taking about 2 months to return to northern Tennessee. The parkway follows their path with historical markers along the way.

There are lovely picnic grounds and historic signage all along the parkway. We stopped for a picnic of gazpacho that I had made back in Texas. (A good way to use up vegetables – tomatoes, green peppers, jalapenos, cucumbers, onion, and garlic). Nice, cool, and refreshing lunch.

We left the parkway about 3:30 to look for a campground. We found this one on the map, and it did just fine. We drove a total of 440 miles today!

After getting set up (we are not unhooking on this rapid trip this week), we hiked one of the park’s trails. We are located on the Duck River, popular for canoeing and tubing. Very nice…

DINNER: One of the dishes I had prepared in Texas – a chicken/green bean combo in a tahini sauce. I served it over couscous. Side was cucumbers in Greek yogurt. All quite good….but unfortunately, we have leftovers and the freezer space is limited.

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