Ed & Marilyn 'The Happy Wanderers' travel blog

Natchez Trace Parkway

No Traffic!

There's another car!

Info about the Old Trace

Ed walking in the Old Trace

Marilyn doing the same

Our rig enjoying the trip!

A beautiful Drive

Cypress Swamp Info

Cypress Swamp

Cypress Swamp

One more!

Reservoir north of Jackson, MS


This morning we slept in later than usual. Once we had finished our morning coffee we began getting ready to move on down the trail. Before we were finished with our travel preparations we decided to go to the “Cracker Barrel” for breakfast.

We all rode in Carl’s truck once again and enjoyed a fine meal.

Back at the RV, Carl & Linda decided to drive to Jackson, MS to have a problem fixed on their RV. We were going through Jackson and on into Vicksburg, MS today, and Marilyn & I wanted to travel the Natchez Trace from Tupelo to Clinton.

We had originally planned to stay at a campground in Clinton but the reviews were not good so we changed our plans and made a reservation at Ameristar RV Resort in Vicksburg.

Carl & Linda left about 45 minutes ahead of Marilyn & I in an effort to be at the Mobile Suites dealer before 1:00 PM.

We took our time and left the Campground at 9:25 AM. It was 38 degrees as we joined the Natchez Trace Parkway for the trip south.

Along the way we stopped to see the old trace which is still visible in many places. The Natchez Trace Parkway is a very nice two lane blacktop road. There are no stop signs anywhere along the way and no commercial trucks are permitted. The speed limit is 50 mph for the route except in a few places where it is less for a short distance. In many places the trees grow right next to the roadway and the branches hang over the road, seeming to hold hands with their friends on the other side, forming a canopy for you to drive under.

Marilyn & I stopped to take pictures at a few places along the way. One place we had planned to stop was at French Camp but we were past the turn off by the time we saw it and continued on with a look at it as we passed by.

We did stop at the Cypress Swamp and took a nature trail around the swamp, taking pictures of the cypress trees and the cypress “knees” which were in abundance.

The Natchez Trace joins I-20 after a distance of 173 miles from Tupelo, and we took I-20 west to Vicksburg. We reached the Ameristar RV Resort in time to be all set up by 3:00 PM. We had driven a distance of 218 miles and the Ford truck had made 11.0 mpg average for the trip.

Carl & Linda called around 3:20 and had left Jackson with the problem “fixed”. Actually, the problem returned once they were all set up next to us. They have new plans now, to return the 40 miles back to Jackson, tomorrow, to have the issue taken care of.

Marilyn & I plan to have a laid back day tomorrow. After three days of travel, we are ready to kick back and enjoy a “down“ day off the trail.

I have plenty of pictures to post for you and I only hope the Wi-Fi system here is fast enough so as not to cause too much of a problem.

Marilyn & I wandered along today and explored new places, seeing new sights along the way. Now we are relaxed in a very nice campground and will have a quiet night tonight, with no plans to get up early tomorrow.

We only wish that Carl & Linda had as good a time as we did today.

Now we look forward to whatever tomorrow has in store…..



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