Tracing History – Natchez Trace Pkwy

It was hot and humid late August in Tennessee.  We stopped in Nashville to stock up at Costco since we were going to be out in the country right off of the Natchez Trace Parkway.  I love pulling up the RV right into the large Costco lot shopping and putting the groceries right into the fridge!  What we didn’t know is that part of the Parkway was closed for some reason.  In a car that would be mostly ok but in a 36-foot Motorhome pulling a smart car not so OK.  It required a turnaround possibly u-turn. It was not even marked ahead of time nothing written on the thousand trails website! (See the video for full information. It did say it would be closed for a while on the sign.)

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The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile long drive through 10,000 years of History.  (NPS Gov Website referenced) From Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN  you can bike, camp, tour, hike and more recreational opportunities abound in this area.

We were intrigued by the ominous story of Lewis and Clark’s Meriweather Lewis and his suspicious death.  While we did not have time to drive the length of the parkway, there is a ton to see in each area!

Along Natchez Trace Parkway TN

I would caution those in RV’s to make sure to check the height of the bridges and make sure to have ways around the low clearances.  We had a bridge right outside the thousand trails campground entrance that was 11 feet tall while our RV was 12 feet 10 inches tall.

Check out these links for more information:

https://roadtripusa.com/the-great-river-road/mississippi/natchez-trace-parkway/

http://www.scenictrace.com/

http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ms-natcheztrace.html

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-Mara

 

SW Tennessee – mmmm BBQ!

Franklin at Night
Franklin at Night

Southwest Tennessee – history, peaceful star filled evenings, and a special place for mid-south BBQ.

After boondocking for a few nights we needed to refresh our tanks and decided on a rural thousand trails in southwest Tennessee…Cherokee Landing.  We arrived to find we were one of six RVs camping in the park where there were spaces for somewhere in the 150 site range.  This is a campground that is open starting April 1st and we were lucky enough to arrive within days of opening.  We were in a part of the park where there was only one other RV.  It felt like we had our own campground….wish they could all be like that!

Cherokee Landing TN
Cherokee Landing TN

We spent most of our time here hiking within the park. It is a great place to see some of the civil war battlefields if you are a history buff.

Check out some tourism info here: http://www.visitswtenn.com/

The gem of our stay was a small shack selling Tennessee BBQ in the small town of Bolivar, TN…Richards Bar B Que …Richards Bar B Que documented

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bbq

I am usually not much for baked beans…these were the best I have ever tasted!  It is an amazing deal….$14.88 for a family meal: 2 sides, a pound of pulled pork, the famous sauce, and an entire package of 12 buns to make your sandwiches!  We happened to seek this place out in a huge storm so we had a car picnic in our little smart car. I am pretty sure I just drooled thinking about it!  It lasted us several meals … oh and make sure you try the southern sweet tea to top it off.  (I admit I am more of an unsweetened tea girl)

car picnic
car picnic
Pulled Pork Yummm
Pulled Pork Yummm

No inside places to eat here…it is truly a wonderful rustic experience…

OK, here are some fun pictures of this beautiful park….

 

On to visit some family next – stay tuned!

-Mara