Bart Smith Photography

​Walking Down a Dream

​Natchez Trace

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    Paddle Wheeler (Casino) docked at Natchez Under the Hill. Natchez Mississippi.
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    Late afternoon view of Mississippi River from Gazebo at Natchez City Park. Natchez Miss
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    Mississippi River from Natchez Bluff. Afternoon. Natchez City Park, Miss.
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    Buildings along the Natchez-under-the-hill boardwalk. Natchez, Mississippi.
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    Kings Tavern. Now a restaurant, it is one of only three original Stands along the Natchez Trace still standing. Nathcez Trace Mississippi.
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    Rosalie Antebellum Mansion. View from back yard. Natchez Mississippi.
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    Grand Village at the Natchez State Historic Site. (Indian mound in distance). Natchez Mississippi.
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    Lightening over Indian Mound at the Grand Village of the State Historic Site. Natchez Mississippi.
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    Remains of Elizabeth Female Academy (John James Autubon taught here). Mile post 4.8 Natchez Trace Parkway
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    Ceremonial Mound atop of Emerald Mound. Emerald mound is the second largest Indian Mound in the U.S. Mile post 10.3 along the Natchez Trace, Mississippi.
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    Front view of Mt Locust Stand, oldest of the three existing Stands along the Natchez Trace. (Dating to 1780) Natchez Trace Parkway Mile post 15.5 Mississippi.
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    Back porch of Mt Locust Stand, oldest of the three existing Stands along the Natchez Trace. (Dating to 1780) Natchez Trace Parkway Mile post 15.5 Mississippi.
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    Family Cemetery at Mt Locust Stand, oldest of the three existing Stands along the Natchez Trace. (Dating to 1780) Natchez Trace Parkway Mile post 15.5 Mississippi.
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    Makeshift memorial at the site of the slave cemetery behind Mt Locust Stand, oldest of the three existing Stands along the Natchez Trace. (Dating to 1780) Natchez Trace Parkway Mile post 15.5 Mississippi.
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    Springfield Plantation, front entry. A short side trip from the Natchez Trace, mile post 21, Miss.
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    Springfield Plantation Living Room. A short side trip from the Natchez Trace, mile post 21, Miss.
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    Windsor Ruins, A short side trip from the Natchez Trace at mile post 30, Mississippi.
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    Windsor Ruins, A short side trip from the Natchez Trace at mile post 30, Mississippi.
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    Windsor Ruins, A short side trip from the Natchez Trace at mile post 30, Mississippi. (Positive film scanned as print gives the altered effect)
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    Sunken Trace. Mile Post 41.5, Mississippi. The years of horse hooves and wagon wheels along the Natchez Trace eroded this section to a sunken trace.
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    Natchez Trace parkway in morning light by Magnum Mound. Mile Post 45.7 Mississippi.
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    Partial solar eclipse from the Natchez Trace near near Magnum mound.
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    Sun setting from atop Magnum Indian Mound. Mile Post 45.7, Mississippi.
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    Rural morning scene from the Natchez Trace near Magnum Mound. Mile Post 45.7 Mississippi.
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    Owens Creek Waterfall. Natchez Trace Parkway milepost 52.4. Mississippi.
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    Town safe, one of the few remnants of the once bustling village of Rocky Springs. Mile Post 54.8 Mississippi.
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    Rocky Springs Cemetery. Mile Post 54.8 Mississippi.
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    Section of original Trace near Rocky Springs. Mile Post 54.8 Mississippi.
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    Section of original Trace near Rocky Springs. Mile Post 54.8 Mississippi.
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    Sand Creek. From the Natchez Trace Mile Post 57, Mississippi.
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    Cemetery is all that remains at site of Deans Stand. Natchez Trace Mile Post 73.5.
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    Brick wall painting depicting the Battle of Raymond in the town of Raymond Mississippi. Mile Post 78.
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    Boyd Site Indian Mound. Mile Post 106.9
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    Great Blue Heron with a meal. Ross Barnett Reservoir. Mile Post 117.
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    Great Blue Heron taking flight. Ross Barnett Reservoir. Mile Post 117.
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    Alligator resting on log in Cypress Swamp along the Natchez Trace. Mile Post 122, Mississippi.
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    Buffalo Church Community Center. (The location of Oprah Winfrey's first audience ). She was born nearby down the street. Kosciusko, Mississippi.
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    French Camp. originally a Stand operated by Louis LeFleur. Mile Post 180.7
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    Blue Jay on old farm equipment at French Camp. originally a Stand operated by Louis LeFleur. Mile Post 180.7
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    Displayed Carriage which travelled the Natchez Trace. At French Camp. originally a Stand operated by Louis LeFleur. Mile Post 180.7
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    Section of Old Trace, Natchez Trace Parkway Mile Post 198.6. Mississippi.
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    Barred Owl from the Natchez Trace at Mile Post 221.5. Mississippi.
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    Bicycle riders travel the Natchez Trace today above the mud the early travelers had to endure. Milepost 226
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    Path through Bynum Indian Mounds. They are from the Middle Woodland Period. Mile Post 234.4 Mississippi. Morning
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    Entrance sign to Tombigbee national Forest along the Natchez Trace Byway.
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    Owl Creek Mounds, Tomgigbee N.F., Mississippi. Mile Post 243
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    Informational diagram at the Chicksaw Village Site. Natchez Trace Parkway Mile Post 261.8, near Tupelo mississippi.
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    Chicksaw Village Site, parameters signify of village structures. Natchez Trace Parkway Mile Post 261.8, near Tupelo mississippi.
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    Tupelo National Battlefield. Tupelo, Mississippi.
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    Life size statue of a 15 year old Elvis Presley outside his birthplace. Tupelo, Mississippi. Mile Post 260
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    Share cropper shack where Elvis was born and raised. Tupelo, Mississippi. Mile Post 260
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    Wisteria blooming over the Natchez Trace near Tupelo, Mississippi. Mile Post 266
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    Natchez Trace boardwalk near Tupelo Mississippi. Milepost 266
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    Pharr Indian Mounds (amongst hay bails). From Middle Woodland Period (Between 1 and 200 A.D.) Mile Post 286
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    Cypress Trees in autumn color near the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. Mississippi. Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 293.2
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    View out from inside Cave Spring. Cave Spring was a water source for earlier humans. Mississippi, milepost 308.4
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    Bear Creek Mound. It is the oldest prehistoric habitation site along the Natchez Trace, first human habitation was 7000 B.C. The earthwork was built between 1200 and 14000 A.D. for ceremonial or elite residential use during the Mississipian period. Mississippi. Milepost 308.8
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    Buzzard Roost Spring, an important watersource to the travellers of yesteryear and even present day travelers along the Natchez Trace. Alabama, milepost 320.3.
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    Killdeer along estuary near former site of Colbert Ferry Stand. Alabama Milepost 327.3
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    Stepping blocks crossing Colbert Creek along Rocky Springs nature Trail. Natchez Trace milepost 330.2
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    Fallen tree across Rock Springs (Morning, November) Natchez Trace milepost 330.2
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    Natchez Trace Parkway. Alabama.
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    Cow. Alabama/Tennessee border. Natchez Trace
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    Original Trace. November, Tennessee, milepost 350.5
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    Balanced Rock, Glenn Rock Branch, Tennesse, Milepost 364.5
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    Ruts swale is still evident of the original Trace along Old Trace Drive. Natchez Trace Milepost 375.8 Tennessee
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    Memorial to Meriwether Lewis at Grinders Stand. Lewis died here of mysterious causes on his way back to Washington D.C. Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 385.9, Tennessee.
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    Fall Hollow Falls. Natchez Trace Milepost 391.9 Tennessee.
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    Clearing morning fog along Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 405.5, Tennessee.
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    Tobacco Barn. (Used to dry tobacco leaves after harvest). Natchez Trace Milepost 401.4, Tennessee.
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    Rural Tennessee countryside from Bakers Bluff Overlook. Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 405.1. Tennessee.
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    Gordon House. (One of the few remaining structures from the early 1800s along the entire natchez Trace. Milepost 407.7 Tennessee.
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    Morning fog clearing over farm country from Water Valley overlook.(November) Natchez Trace Parkway Milepost 411.8, Tennessee.
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    Luna Moth. Natchez Trace. Tennessee.
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    Natchez Trace Parkway contoured into the countryside. Tennessee.
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    Colorful Beetle, Natchez Trace, Tennessee.
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    Gentleman walking the Natchez Trace. (Using a dolly). Tennessee.
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    Wild Turkey crossing the Natchez Trace Parkway. Tennessee.
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    Bart Smith (myself) at the Northern entrance to the Natchez Trace Parkway upon completing my walk of the 444 mile Natchez Trace. Tennessee.
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    Music Row, Nashville Tennessee.
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    Music Row, Nashville Tennessee. (A side trip from the northern terminus of the Natchez Trace)

Summary of the Trail




1983 - Natchez Trace

This trail, although established as an NST, evokes deep history and prehistory.  In addition to navigating beautiful landscapes, the Natchez Trace reveals many haunting layers of the past.  Initially the footpaths of the Choctaw and Creek Indians, this chain of trails was used by Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, frontier European immigrant farmers, and even Meriwether Lewis as he traveled from New Orleans to Washington, DC.  In 1809 Lewis died - either from foul play or suicide - at Grinders Stand near the northern end of the Trace.  Connecting Natchez, on the Mississippi River, to Nashville, on the Cumberland River, about half of the remnant Trace lies within the boundaries of the Natchez Trace Parkway.   Of the 694 miles of the original Trace, 65 miles in four discontinuous segments are now open to the public for recreation and retracement.  Along these segments visitors will find Native American burial mounds, a restored Chickasaw village, Civil War battlefields, and the remains of U.S. Army posts. The Trail is administered and managed by the National Park Service.

(Scherer, Glenn, 2002, America's National Trails: Journeys Across Land and Time, Guilford, CT: Falcon Press, PP 18 - 21,)